The tragic events outside Parliament in March remind us how precious our democracy is. I joined the Prime Minister and other MPs to pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the police officer killed by the terrorist, and all those affected by the incident.
Our best response to terrorism is to be defiant and carry on with business as usual. That’s what I’m doing as your local MP.
That includes my top priority: boosting our local economy and helping residents with events I have organised helping both businesses and job hunters.
My second Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair was a big success thanks to the support of local residents. We had more than 2,000 people come on the day, making it one of the area’s largest ever employment events, with more 900 jobs and apprenticeships on offer from over 67 employers.
I also arranged for the Government’s “Exporting is GREAT” road-show to visit Havant. The mobile hub brought together local firms with an interest in trading abroad and expert Government advisers, who answered questions on exporting.
It was a brilliant event and I encourage any business thinking about selling internationally to visit the new Exporting is GREAT website - www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk – where firms can apply for real-time global export opportunities, as well as access expert advice, trade services, training and events.
My next major community event is the Havant Small Business Awards 2017 backed by Postcode Publications. So whether it's a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who cares, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, I welcome your nominations.
Nominations can be made online via my website www.AlanMak.org.uk/Nominate - or fill in the form on page 11.
Every resident who sends in a nomination will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the Awards Ceremony at South Downs College plus House of Commons champagne.