Organisers of a key business show for Suffolk and the region have expressed delight at the "overwhelming" response to the event.

Businesses from across the region gathered at Trinity Park, Ipswich, for Anglia Business Exhibition 2024.

The event - which took place on May 8 - is organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA).

It brings businesses together from across East Anglia to showcase innovation, collaboration, and success in the business community.

The day started with a networking breakfast sponsored by Trinity Park Events and attendees heard from Suffolk Agricultural Association chief executive Phillip Ainsworth on the work the farm charity does with the local business community.

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Keynote speaker James Redden - a veteran of the UK Special Forces - then offered up insights into how trust and team building techniques used in the British Armed Forces can be used by businesses to great effect.

Mr Redden went on to officially open ISSBA’s 28th annual exhibition with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

More than 80 firms exhibited to hundreds of visitors throughout the day, with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries showcasing how the county was good for business.

Organisers described a "great atmosphere", showcasing many different industries and companies of all sizes.

Attendees took part in free speed networking sessions, competitions, giveaways, sweet treats - and even games including a racing simulator and table football.

ABE2024 came to a close with a charity raffle which raised £1,380 for ISSBA’s charity of the year, Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

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ISSBA chairman Graham Barton said: "We are thrilled with the overwhelming response and success of ABE2024.

"This event serves as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and growth, empowering entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.

"We are incredibly proud of the sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who contributed to this extraordinary event.

"It is heart-warming to see local businesses doing well and we are looking forward to bringing this event to Suffolk again in 2025."

ISSBA says there has already been substantial interest in ABE2025 - which takes place next year on May 7 - ahead of exhibitor stand bookings opening in September.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for next year’s event is asked to contact organisers at