Town sees launch of its first festival for local businesses

EXCITEMENT is mounting among the business community following news that Bury St Edmunds will soon host its very first business festival.

The event will run from September 13 to 23 and will take place in a host of venues in and around Bury, allowing the town to promote some of its most prestigious buildings, including the multi-million pound state-of-the-art Apex and The West Wing at Ickworth House.

It will feature a series of business-focused events and workshops, with highlights including the Mid Anglian Enterprise Agency’s (Menta) business to business trade fair, the Exhibition of Advanced Manufacturers and Engineering (Eame) and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) conference.

West Suffolk College will be hosting a number of seminars and training sessions and the Bury Free Press will be hosting the Business Show 2011 at The Athenaeum.

Susanna Hornby, Bury Free Press exhibitions and events manager, said: “The festival has really captured the imagination of the business community.

“The idea was born from St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Economic Development Services and we are delighted to be working in partnership with them on this exciting new venture for West Suffolk.”

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press, said: “This will be a showcase of all that’s great in business locally.”

Drawing the festival to a close is an event involving a number of high profile visitors, with Patrick Gihana-Mulenga, the commercial attaché for Rwanda, and David Ruffley, MP for Bury, on the guest list.

Local businesses are being asked to consider offering discounts to exhibitors and attendees, some of whom will be visiting the town for the first time.

The programme is still being finalised but the Bury Free Press will keep you up-to-date with developments.

A web page is due to be launched next week with links to sites for booking, go to www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk

n For more information about Menta’s trade fair, see Page 25.