Chamber to stage first Business Show
PLYMOUTH is to stage its first "business show" this summer in a bid to promote firms, products and the city itself as a base and a place to do deals.
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will host the Plymouth Business Show at Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday, June 26.
The first event of its kind, the Plymouth Business Show will aim to promote Plymouth and the South West as a great place to do business and will build on the success of last year's Business Expo held on the Hoe.
That event, staged during the inaugural Marine City Festival, in September, included exhibitions by more than 60 Plymouth companies and speeches by guests Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, and Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board.
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It was such a success, that the Chamber now wants a follow up to provide a high-profile forum for businesses to showcase the products and services they have to offer, access information and expert advice, and network with potential customers and suppliers.
Prominent speakers will be delivering presentations throughout the day and businesses will be able to book free consultations with a variety of different specialists.
There will also be a networking lunch which will be addressed by a leading business person.
The event, which will run 9am until 4pm, will be free to attend and will welcome businesses of all sizes and from all industries.
David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber, said: "Over 60 businesses exhibited at last year's Business Expo.
"We are keen to make the Plymouth Business Show an even bigger and better event for business in Plymouth and Devon; securing Plymouth Pavilions as the venue marks our commitment to this."
Gavin Marshall, general manager at Plymouth Pavilions, said: "Plymouth Pavilions is recognised as the South West's premier venue for corporate events and is the natural choice for prominent events such as the Plymouth Business Show.
"We are delighted to be working with Plymouth Chamber."
Information on purchasing an exhibition stand and how to register will be released by the Chamber shortly.
Last year's expo was opened by council leader Tudor Evans, and also heard from Dave Young, managing director of the Una Group; Chamber chair Doug Fletcher, Dr Peter Hughes, from Plymouth Marine Laboratory; and Adam Corney, marine commercial director at Plymouth University.