BURY St Edmunds’ first Business Festival looks set to return as those involved vote it a success.
The festival brought several business events under one banner over 10 days. St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s economic development officer James Talbot believes 1,500 people attended the events, which included the Menta Trade Fair, the Bury Free Press Business to Business Show and the regional Exhibition of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering moving to the Apex from its usual Norfolk venue.
St Edmundsbury council leader John Griffiths said: “The best thing for me was that so many businesses and organisations throughout St Edmundsbury and West Suffolk worked together to make it great.
“I very much include the Bury Free Press amongst those businesses. Hopefully, it can be an even better even next year.”
The festival was backed by Government-funded Business Link whose Suffolk partnership director John Shaw said he knew of no similar events. “Certainly not in a town the size of Bury,” he added. “Everyone around it was enthusiastic and the festival generated that enthusiasm.”
Andrew Denny, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, echoed that hope and said: “There were some really good individual events but the whole thing of bringing them all together to make a Business Festival was fantastic.
“I think it put Bury on the map and people will travel from further afield to come to Bury’s next Business Festival.”
Suffolk enterprise agency Menta’s chief executive Alex Till said: “A resounding success. The festival fits exactly with Menta’s vision of entrepreneurship, and this has been reinforced over the 10 days.”
Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters said: “We were proud to support Bury’s first Business Festival and will be playing an even bigger part next year when the Bury Free Press Business Awards 2012, announced at the Chamber of Commerce’s finale event on Friday, will become part of it.”