Brexit and a brand new venue were the order of the day at this morning’s East Herts Business Breakfast Club (EHBBC), as the economist from NatWest Bank sought to dispel business’ fears post-Brexit over breakfast.

EHBBC is a quarterly event, hosted by Wilkins Kennedy and NatWest Bank, which welcomes businesses in Hertfordshire to come together and network in a relaxed, like-minded environment. There is also a short presentation followed by a Q&A session – as well as a hearty breakfast. There was a new venue too, the Halsey Centre in Cheshunt, following a surge in the number of EHBBC members.

NatWest Senior Economist, Stephen Blackman, presented to more than 70 guests on the topic of Fear Factor: does Brexit matter that much? Areas of focus included productivity growth, jobs, consumer spending and population growth – all of which appeared steady and ‘on trend’ following Brexit – according to Stephen Blackman, there should be very little to worry about.

Tim Croft, Managing Partner for Wilkins Kennedy’s Hertford office and EHBBC event host, said: “EHBBC is one of the most successful events in Hertfordshire and it was important to ourselves and NatWest to continue to attract all kinds of businesses from around the county to network in a like-minded environment – and the venue has a large part to play in that. The Halsey Centre provided just the right atmosphere and location for a professional, good quality environment and our guests were very complimentary on our choice.

“This was our first event post-Brexit, it was interesting to see how the audiences responded. The Q&A session afterwards revealed our captive audience’s questions for the speakers and without doubt this was one of our most successful events yet.”