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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with Environment and Food Secretary Andrea Leadsom and members of the Emsworth Business Association's British Food Fortnight team receiving a national excellence award.

Welcome to my February newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my February 2017 residents' newsletter, my latest monthly update designed to give an overview about what I've been doing locally across the Havant constituency, and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours who may be interested: they can sign-up to receive it themselves by clicking this link!

Preparations are now well underway for my next major community event, the Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair 2017, taking place on Friday 3 March. It is the second year I've organised the event, which is taking place at Havant Leisure Centre, and I am sure that it will be as well supported as in previous years. 

Admission is free, with hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships on offer from both the public and private sector. The National Careers Service will also be holding workshops on both CV writing and job interview techniques.
So, whether you’re looking for a new role, or a career change, I encourage everyone to come along to find out more. If you're an employer - either a business, charity or public body - and would like to exhibit, please email me at

In Westminster, I'll continue to support the passage of the Article 50 Bill, delivering the will of the people from the referendum. Brexit will happen, and now we must back the Prime Minister as she starts negotiations to get the best deal for Britain as we build a new relationship with the EU.

In January, I also supported the passage of two important Private Members Bills as they progressed through the House of Commons. The first will close a legal loophole which allows sailors in the Merchant Navy to be dismissed for homosexual conduct. The other is about strengthening homelessness legislation, giving councils more powers to help homeless people. 

These are both pieces of legislation that come from backbenchers and debates take place on days when Parliament is not usually sitting. So although I took time out of my normal schedule to support both bills, hopefully they will make a real improvement to the lives of people they impact.
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster.
Please contact me to invite me to a community event, or to give me feedback on this newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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Return of Havant Jobs Fair for second year

Following a hugely successful inaugural event, my Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair will return on Friday 3  March 2017 for a second year.

It is the second time I've organised the event and I'm hoping this year will be even bigger and better than 2016's event, with more than a thousand jobs, apprenticeships and roles on offer.

Building on the success of last year the Fair is the perfect opportunity for anyone searching for work, looking for a career change or seeking advice.

With more than 50 exhibitors, the event will this year be taking place at Havant Leisure Centre on Friday 3 March from 10am to 4pm and is free for anybody living in the Havant constituency – which includes Havant Town, Emsworth, Hayling Island, Bedhampton, Langstone, Purbrook, Stakes, Widley and Leigh Park. Friends, family, parents and guardians of young people are also encouraged to attend.

There is still space for exhibitors, any employer - whether a business, charity or public body - wishing to get involved should email for more information.


Becoming British Legion Vice President

Following years of volunteering with the Royal British Legion, it was a huge privilege to become a Vice President of the Havant Branch recently. 

Every year I support the Poppy Appeal, including selling poppies, and before becoming an MP I was the Founding Chairman, and remain President, of the charity’s Young Professionals’ branch. I started the young professionals’ network to attract a new generation of supporters for the Legion.

As well as becoming a Vice President of the Havant branch, I will be undertaking a Parliamentary visit to the Falkland Islands this month to pay tribute to servicemen killed during the conflict.

This year will be a poignant moment as we look back on 35 years since the Falklands War. I know many people from the Havant area fought in the conflict so I will be visiting the Falklands to lay a wreath and pay my respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Britain’s security.


Praise for award winning apprentice

I enjoyed meeting award-winning local apprentice Beth Stephens recently and hearing about her exceptional work for Havant company Smartlouvre. 

Since starting at the blind manufacturer based at Brockhampton Lane, Beth has taken on extra responsibility, and worked her way up to become office manager.

I was able to congratulate Beth in person when visiting the firm, hearing about Smartlouvre’s plans for growth and ambitions to take on more apprentices. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get valuable skills and experience. As Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, I welcome the Government’s commitment to continue supporting the apprenticeships programme, so that more young people like Beth can get a head-start in their careers.

Having met Beth, it’s clear she has an amazing passion for business and she thoroughly deserves to be recognised as one of the area’s top apprentices. It was also great to hear that Smartlouvre plan to take on more apprentices and develop young people’s skills in the workplace. 



Voting to trigger Article 50

In last June's referendum, this country took the historic decision to leave the European Union. As the Article 50 Bill goes through Parliament I will vote to respect the will of the people and help the Government deliver the referendum result.

The Bill will give the Government the power to start the process of leaving the European Union. Brexit will happen, and now we must back the Prime Minister as she starts negotiations to get the best deal for Britain as we build a new relationship with the EU.

I fully expect Parliament as a whole to vote to trigger Article 50 and respect the result of the EU Referendum. Regardless of how people voted in the EU Referendum, we now need to unite, move forward and get the best deal for Britain.


Havant can be Britain’s innovation capital

The Government last month published a new modern Industrial Strategy, and I firmly believe Havant can become one of Britain's innovation capitals.

Over the last six months, I have been leading the debate in Parliament on what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), a term which describes the new technologies that are the future of the economy, including artificial intelligence, driverless cars, thinking computers and automated factories.

The Government published the Industrial Strategy Green Paper on Monday 23 January and it sets out policies which will support businesses in Havant and across Britain, creating more high skilled, high paid jobs for local people.

We have so many innovative local businesses here in Havant, such as 3D printer business Dream 3D (pictured), so there is no reason why we can’t use our local expertise to become Britain’s innovation capital, a national leader in new Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.


Honouring Holocaust victims and survivors

In order to honour the victims and extraordinary survivors of the Holocaust, I signed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

Friday 27 January marked the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people across Havant and the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust fades from living memory, it is more important now than ever to remember victims and pay tribute to the survivors.




Havant Business Support Fund

Local residents still have time to apply for the Havant Business Support Fund, which I launched recently in partnership with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

The aim of the new £250,000 fund is to support budding entrepreneurs looking to start a business, and existing business owners from across Havant looking to grow by developing new products or services. 

The Havant Business Support Fund will offer capital funding to local entrepreneurs, individuals and SMEs either as a grant, loan, forward-funding or equity-share basis. 

This new fund will support businesses and start-ups with high growth potential and businesses seeking to develop new products and enter into new markets. It will also offer support to individuals who are interested in starting a new business and small & medium-sized (SME) businesses facing challenging trading conditions following recent economic challenges in the Havant area.

Businesses will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £75,000 from the fund to contribute towards projects that will unlock additional investment, improve business productivity and support local jobs.

To find out how to apply click on the link below.


Future drop-in surgery details
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.

Friday 24 February - midday to 1.30pm - Tesco Extra, Havant (ground floor foyer)

Friday 17 March - 4.30pm to 6pm - Hayling Island Community Centre (in the side room)

Thursday 20 April - 9am to 10.30am - Emsworth Methodist Church, International Hall

Contact me

The best way to contact me is in writing via e-mail or post.

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

Westminster Parliamentary Office:
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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