Trade fair opens the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival

MENTA Trade Fair at Ickworth House.
MENTA Trade Fair at Ickworth House.
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Exhibition stands featuring everything from interior designers to virtual assistants, have packed the Menta Trade Fair today.

The fair, now in its sixth year, features nearly 100 exhibitors and is the curtain raiser for this year’s Bury St Edmunds Business Festival.

Carol Brooks and Justine Sullivan from Wilkins Chimney Sweeps.

Carol Brooks and Justine Sullivan from Wilkins Chimney Sweeps.

This year’s busy event also features a food and drink expo which includes 15 food and drink-related businesses.

The fair is being held in a marquee at Ickworth House after part of the roof in the West Wing was deemed potentially unsafe.

That has not stopped web designers, online retailers, accountants, car showrooms, office furniture suppliers, marketing product suppliers, telemarketing businesses and more from coming together to network, showcase their work and do business.

The fair also includes several free seminars on a range of topics, including customer service.

MENTA trade fair (Bury Business Festival) in the marquee outside Ickworth House.

MENTA trade fair (Bury Business Festival) in the marquee outside Ickworth House.

And the festival has only just begun – there will be plenty of events for businesses to get their teeth into over the next week.

On Friday morning there will be an employers’ networking breakfast at Ickworth House, while on Saturday West Suffolk House will host a workshop on how to improve your public speaking.

There are two events in Newmarket on Monday, including a networking and relationship management workshop and a Suffolk Business Women Networking Lunch.

The Suffolk International Trade Group will focus on the Latin American markets at a meeting in Bury on Tuesday while Menta will hold a workshop on marketing for small businesses.

MENTA Trade Fair at Ickworth House.

MENTA Trade Fair at Ickworth House.

On Wednesday there is an intellectual property workshop and a tour of Century Logistics in Saxham, while Thursday sees the Fresh Festival in The Apex, focusing on young people, the creative industries and self-employment.

The festival will draw to a close next Friday night with the second Bury Free Press Business Awards – a black tie event being hosted by newsman Nicholas Owen in The Apex.

For tickets, visit our reception or call 01284 786911.

There is plenty more going on throughout the week. For more details visit www.businessfestival.org