Suffolk: Business exhibition organisers and supports look forward to biggest event yet
PUBLISHED: 10:08 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:28 15 February 2013
SPONSORS, partners and supporters of the Suffolk Business Exhibition have met for a networking event to launch the build-up to this year’s show.
The networking meeting was held at Ipswich Town Hall and was sponsored by Ipswich Borough Council, whose portfolio holder for culture, Bryony Rudkin, gave a welcoming address.
This year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition, again being organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) in partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is being held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Wednesday, May 1, with extended opening hours from 11am to 7pm.
In addition to Suffolk Chamber’s support as stretegic partner, Suffolk County Council has also agreed to back the event as lead second tier sponsor for the next three years.
Roger Barcham, chairman of ISSBA, said: “We are delighted that The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has again agreed to be our main Strategic Partner and has worked tirelessly to promote the event to other potential sponsors.
“We are pleased to announce that Suffolk County Council have agreed to sponsor the event for three years as a main 2nd Tier Sponsor. This is fantastic news for the future success and growth of the event. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors who are so crucial in being able to deliver such a well respected and attended event.”
john Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, added: “The Suffolk Business Exhibition is a fundamental event on the annual calendar for firms across the county.
“Business is working harder than ever in challenging economic conditions and the exhibition is a great opportunity for firms to come together to find new ways of doing business in the year ahead.
“We encourage anyone who wants to do more business to come to the Exhibition. Every year we get feedback telling us not only that business enjoyed the day but how they made contacts that will bring them new opportunities in the future. It is good for Suffolk, it is good for our economy and it is good for business.”
Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “Suffolk County Council is committed to supporting our businesses to grow and prosper.
“Events such as the Suffolk Business Exhibition are an important way for our companies to showcase what they do and build up their contacts and clients.”
In previous years the Suffolk Business exhibition has been held in the main exhibition hall and the Trinity Rooms at Trinity Park but this year will see the addition of a large marquee adjacent to the Trinity Rooms to allow even more businesses to exhibit.
A small amount of stand space is still available. For details of prices, visit www.issba.co.uk. Admission on the day is open to all and is free of charge.