Exeter businesses urged to capitalise on Rugby World Cup
Exeter’s business community has been urged to seize the opportunities presented by the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
With Sandy Park hosting three matches during the tournament, Chamber of Commerce chairman Sara Bond said: “It’s a real chance to show what we are made of. I urge businesses here in Exeter to get behind this and ensure they are doing all they can to ensure our city is open for business and give our visitors the best welcome ever.”
Speaking at the chamber’s annual business dinner, she also argued that establishing a Business Improvement District would be key to the city’s ongoing success.
Hundreds of businesspeople from Exeter and the surrounding area attended the black tie event at Sandy Park on Friday evening.
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Guest speaker Dick Strawbridge gave an entertaining account of his career in the Army, industry and television. He hailed the hard work of city businesspeople and “impressive” developments such as Exeter Science Park.
But he also questioned Britain’s track record of turning good ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
“As a nation we have lots of good ideas, but a lot of those don’t get past the thought stage,” he said. “I think we are scared of failure.”
Taking up Ms Bond’s refrain “Just do it”, and adding his own expletive for good measure, he added: “JFDI is a mindset. I would be surprised if we didn’t have 80 per cent of people in this room who have got it. It’s ‘Let’s get out there and kick some arses and be successful’.”
Exeter’s deputy mayor Rob Hannaford praised the close working relationship between the city council and the business community, saying: “It’s important that we continue this productive engagement.”