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Free Barclays event in Erith promotes Bexley businesses

PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:47 19 March 2013

L-r: Barclays area business manager Harvey Reid, Jackie Collen and Angela Sharp of 4 Training & Consultancy, Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce and Genine Patrick, owner of the Pilates Body Studio

L-r: Barclays area business manager Harvey Reid, Jackie Collen and Angela Sharp of 4 Training & Consultancy, Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce and Genine Patrick, owner of the Pilates Body Studio

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They heard presentations on how to use cost-effective online marketing tools to establish a business presence online, attract customers to a website, and grow a business.

Harvey Reid, area business manager for Barclays, said: “Local businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and my team has been working hard to support our customers through the recession. It’s important in the current economic climate that business people take any opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge and this event provided a chance to gain a basic understanding of the power of online marketing and an invaluable opportunity to discuss issues.”

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce attended the event. She said: “It was great to meet so many businesses and to listen to their concerns.

“I hope that this is the start of an ongoing dialogue.”

One local entrepreneur who attended the event was Genine Patrick, Bexley Business Award winner for customer service and owner of the Pilates Body Studio in Bexley High Street.

Genine said: “I would like to thank Barclays for inviting me to this event. It has been very useful to attend, a great opportunity to learn and network with other local businesses.”

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