Firms share in the success of district’s biggest business to business fair

Huntingdonshire Business Fair

Huntingdonshire Business Fair - Credit: Archant

More than 140 businesses took the chance to promote their products and services at the district’s biggest business-to-business fair last week.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair, at Wood Green Animal Shelter, on April 26, saw hundreds of industry figureheads and newcomers engage to build on the already booming business community.

The event included three speed-networking sessions, along with seminars hosted by sector leaders to give attendees the chance to learn new skills and help transform their business.

Speaking after the event, Malcolm Lyons, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Huntingdonshire chairman, said there was a range of exhibitors at the fair this year, from one-man bands to developed companies.

“The day was overwhelming, we had a great response, and we are pleased with how it went,” Mr Lyons said.

“Engaging with local small-to-medium enterprises is a great thing to do, we have got a great model that fills the hall and has done for a number of years.”

Organised by the FSB and the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, the fair hosted the A14 trailer showing a model of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvements, and Barclay’s conducting 3D printer demos.

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“The fair is important because there is a lot of business-to-business to be done and a lot of people are looking for small businesses to support,” Mr Lyons added.

“People are engaging and showcasing themselves, putting up a stand for one day – a lot of effort goes into that.”

Speakers on the day included Simon Atack, managing director of Huntingdon-based AceTech Training, and international speaker Bjorn Moen, chief finance officer at Heidenreich Oslo.

There was also a talk from Dan Ince, founder of BrandWorks Marketing, who gave advice on how to develop a standout brand.