Meet the green and the good of business in Suffolk

Doing business at last year's Menta Trade Fair at Ickworth House ENGANL00120131109144224
Doing business at last year's Menta Trade Fair at Ickworth House ENGANL00120131109144224

Bury St Edmunds’ Business Festival starts on October 1 with the Menta Trade fair at The Apex as the first of a 10-day programme of events

The Suffolk enterprise agency says more than 90 businesses will be showcasing their services and products to visitors who can attend free from noon until 6pm.

For the second year running the MENTA Trade Fair will include The Business of Food & Drink Expo for artisan producers to introduce their products to businesses.

MENTA’s Chief Executive, Alex Till said: “We are expecting over 500 visitors to what is MENTA’s seventh business exhibition and due to generous sponsorship from Atkins Thomson Solicitors we are able to keep the cost to exhibitors low, ensuring all businesses have the opportunity to exhibit.”

For more details regarding the Trade Fair, free visitor tickets or to find out more regarding Menta’s free and subsidised services to business go to

A new event this year is a look out how companies are making green tourism pay in Suffolk. It is at Smith’Row on October 9 from 4.30pm.

It has been organised by green business consultancy Groundwork Suffolk, who won last year’s Bury Free Press Green/Environmental Business Award.

Oliver Ingwall King, Groundwork Suffolk’s senior environmental business advisor, said: “Tourism businesses do seem to be taking on some of these resource efficiency messages more readily than others.

“We wanted to put them together as a good example to other sectors. We’re bringing businesses doing interesting stuff to talk about their experiences, to have them as leaders rather than people like me, consultants, talking about it.”

He said big companies say everything they spend on resource efficiency pays back but smaller firms do not always have the money or time for it. With the support of local councils, Groundwork offers free support to guide them to grant programmes.

For details of all the Business Festival events visit and see next week’s Bury Free Press.