St Helens Business Fair is a hit with local firms

02 May 2017

Business Featured

Last week, the St Helens Business Fair, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and A-Star Recruitment, opened its doors to over 100 exhibitors from local businesses and proved to be a great networking event, with over 500 visitors.

Organised by St Helens Chamber and held at Haydock Park Racecourse, a diverse range of organisations from across the North West came together to make connections and showcase what their businesses have to offer.

With footfall up on last year with over 500 people through the doors, businesses were able to engage with exhibitors, visitors and Chamber Staff as well as attend a programme of free workshops, including two hugely popular presentations from Google’s Digital Garage.

Newcomers to the business fair were more than pleasantly surprised at the quality of the event. Jenny Moxon from Century Cars said: “It was much better than I thought it was going to be and a lot busier than we expected.

“A business fair wasn’t necessarily our first choice in trying to gain customers and grow our business. After attending this we’re encouraged to attend lots more as a way of gaining more business. It was also very well organised.”

Chris Pearce from Local Life 247 magazine, was also a first time exhibitor but is already certain to repeat the experience. He said: “It was a great day out, lovely fellow exhibitors and attendees, good mix of exhibitors, good use of space, very positive vibe about the place; we will definitely be back next year.”

Of course, amongst the exhibitors there were businesses who had attended in previous years and continued to be impressed with the scope of the event. Janice Mears from Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, was pleased to see how the event had improved since last year. She said: “Overall I thought the event was really good. It’s great to see how it’s expanded from last year and we’d be happy to continue supporting the event.”

Lee Whitehead from Paramount Mediation added: “I thought it was the best event of its kind that I have ever been to.”

Exhibitors and attendees have also taken networking to the next level and into the digital sphere. The #sthbizfair17 hashtag is still being used by companies across the region to network and make good on the connections made at the business fair.

Tracy Mawson, Deputy Chief Executive at St Helens Chamber, commented: “We were delighted with the success of the event and to be able to see so many businesses making new contacts and getting leads for new business. It’s also great to see the trend continuing online. This is what modern business networking is about, and the St Helens Business Fair has facilitated these connections.

“We will continue building on the success of the event to keep it the largest in the North West and are already taking bookings for next year.”

With over 100 exhibitors, from organisations as diverse as mobile disco’s, TV Beds, 3D Printing and Merseyside Police, the St Helens Business Fair is now established as one of the North West’s best business networking events.

For more information and to book early for 2018 click here