Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Suffolk: Anglia Business Exhibition is a record-breaker

19:17 07 May 2014

Mark Pendlington, lefting, opens 2014 Anglia Business Exhibition, accompanied by ISSBA chairman James Davey.

Mark Pendlington, lefting, opens 2014 Anglia Business Exhibition, accompanied by ISSBA chairman James Davey.

Archant

Firms from across Suffolk and beyond showcased their products and services yesterday at the Anglia Business Exhibition.

shares

The event, organised by the Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) and previously known as the Suffolk Business Exhibition, was rebranded this year to reflect its growing reputation and support around the region.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce was again lead partner with ISSBA in organising the event, which was held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, and attracted a record total of more than 150 exhibitors.

The event was officially opened by Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, who praised the two organisations for creating an exhibition which, he said, had become important not just for small businesses but also for large firms and for anyone with a business idea.

A series of seminars and workshops was also held alongside the exhibition in a separate VIP marquee, with the speakers including Mr Pendlington, on New Anglia LEP’s plans for growth, and former Scotland rugby international Ker Tyler, who went on to a successful career in financial services, on the subject of “burn out”.

Other speakers included John Clarke of enterprise support agency NWES, who led a start-up business “clinic” and a session of accessing grants and funding, and Aidan Dunn of Suffolk County Council, on the authority’s plans to make its procurement process more assessible to small and medium-sized firms.

The county council also hosted two “Bite Sized Tender Training” workshops and a “drop in surgery” to explain its approach to sourcing.

ISSBA chairman James Davey thanked organisers, sponsors and exhibitors for their work in putting on the exhibition,

“We are absolutely thrilled by the fantastic response to this year’s exhibition,” he said. “We have seen a huge demand for stand space.

“Last year we had 136 stands; this year we have 164 and they were all sold two months ago.

“It is great to see so many businesses here today, telling the world about what they have to offer.”

The Best Stand award, judged by Mr Davey, went to Seckford Hall, with Niche Cocktails the runner-up.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Andrew Wheeler of Brewin Dolphin.

Andrew Wheeler, head of the Ipswich office of investment manager Brewin Dolphin, has hailed the firm’s “good progress”.

Thomson Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner touching down at Stansted.

Stansted Airport today marked the arrival of the latest in airline technology with the launch of a new long-haul service from the Essex terminal.

'Love every drop' branding on an Anglian Water van.

Regional water and sewerage services group Anglian Water has announced an increase in underlying annual profits, following a year which marked the end of a five-year settlement with regulator Ofwat.

An LA Fitness gym.

Low-cost gym operator Pure Gym is to acquire mid-market rival LA Fitness, picking up 43 clubs for an undisclosed sum thought to be in the range of £60million to £80m.

Frank Brumby, eastern region chairman of R3.

East of England business victims of late payment saw more than one in six (16%) of their invoices paid late in the last six months, according to research by insolvency trade body R3.

B&Q parent Kingfisher said it was ploughing on with a shake-up plan

B&Q parent Kingfisher said today it was ploughing on with a shake-up plan “at pace” as it reported a first quarter slide in sales at the DIY chain.

Sarah Howard, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, at the celebration marking the first year of work by the New Anglia Growth Hub.

Supporters and staff from the New Anglia Growth Hub today celebrated its first year of work.

The new Escape lounge at Stansted Airport.

A new business lounge at Stansted Airport has been used by more than 9,000 visitors in its first month.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Proposals from pubs and brewing company Greene King designed to address concerns over its agreed acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company look set to be backed by the UK’s competition authority.

Angus Berry, energy manager at Thames Water, and Richard Robey, sales and marketing director at Haven Power.

Haven Power, the specialist supplier of electricity to UK businesses, has signed a deal with Thames Water worth more than £500million over the next five years.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages