Bury Free Press awards to bring a close to amazing business festival in Bury St Edmunds

Afrika Green from education business Future Sounds Education at the Fresh Festival at the Apex - part of the Business Festival in Bury St Edmunds

Afrika Green from education business Future Sounds Education at the Fresh Festival at the Apex - part of the Business Festival in Bury St Edmunds

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The business festival in Bury St Edmunds will be brought to a grand close at a spectacular Bury Free Press awards ceremony tomorrow (20) night.

Television newsman Nicholas Owen will be hosting the black tie event at The Apex, while we will be crowning our winners and runners up across a range of categories – not least the independent trader of the year, sponsored by the Bury Free Press and voted for by our readers.

Chris Swallow of Geaux Cajun catering at the Fresh Festival at the Apex - part of the Business Festival  in Bury St Edmunds

Chris Swallow of Geaux Cajun catering at the Fresh Festival at the Apex - part of the Business Festival in Bury St Edmunds

The ceremony brings to a close another fantastic festival full of events designed to help business leaders grow their companies, develop their staff, sell into new markets, grasp new technology as well as some good old fashioned face to face networking.

Among the highlights over the last seven days there has been a lunch with Stephen Aguilar-Millan, a futurist predicting the trends that will shape the decade and what it means for business.

The Bury Chamber of Commerce toured the new buildings at West Suffolk College in Bury on Monday. The visit was designed so members could see how the college is working to meet the needs of employers who will one day hire their students.

Chris Wall UK Trade and Investments business specialist for Brazil and Monica Lopez, head of UK Trade and Investment in Havana, were guest speakers at a Suffolk International Trade Group meeting in The Apex on Tuesday.

Suffolk International Trade Group  Pictured: Monica Lopez, Head of UK Trade & Investment, Havana

Suffolk International Trade Group Pictured: Monica Lopez, Head of UK Trade & Investment, Havana

And yesterday (18) a workshop at Denny Bros looked at the tricky world of intellectual property including trade marks, patents, copyright and confidentiality.

Today it is the turn of the young entrepreneurs to show off their business ideas at The Fresh Festival in The Apex from 10am to 3pm. The Fresh Festival is designed to show off creative businesses and how young people can discover their own potential to become self employed.

There are several events on tomorrow (20) including an informal Menta LinkUP Business networking event at The Malthouse Project, at Elsey’s Yard off Risbygate Street in Bury from 9.30am to 11.30am.

There is also a business breakfast with the Stowmarket Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, at Stowmarket Rugby Club from 6.45am. Sean Proctor of search engine optimisation company Boundless in Haverhill, will be guest speaker.

The Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce visited West Suffolk College as part of the Business Festival

The Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce visited West Suffolk College as part of the Business Festival

And West Suffolk College will be holding a workshop from 9.30am to 4.30pm entitled managing performance at work. It takes place at the LEAP Centre in Mildenhall and costs £70 per person but includes learning material, refreshments and lunch – to book call 01284 716246.

For all the award winners see www.buryfreepress.co.uk from Monday and our round up in next Friday’s Bury Free Press.