The Apex in Bury St Edmunds is bustling with business today as the town’s Business Festival begins.
Companies from all over the region have turned up to showcase their products and services at Menta’s free Trade Fair today - kickstarting the ten-day festival.
Alex Till, Chief Executive of Menta said: “The idea of today is to bring together a huge range of businesses.
“Upstairs, for the first time, we have the new business lounge. “Some of them have even used the event as their launch day.
“It is a great opportunity for everybody to meet, network and bring existing businesses and new businesses together.
“It is exciting times - we are seeing a massive upsurge in new businesses in the area and also growing existing business.”
Melanie Brooks, Company Director of Mildenhall-based Bon Ami Cottage Crafts, has just celebrated the firm’s first birthday.
She said the fair was a great chance to show off her business.
“It is nice to get the word out there about what we do”, she said. “We sell lovely hand-made crafts from lots of local crafts people at our shop and also hold workshops in crochet, sewing, knitting, needle felting and sell the materials too.”
Dave Watts, from video production company Zion Creative, said: “This is the first Menta Trade Fair we have been to.
“We are here to meet other Suffolk businesses and to meet people in a similar field. “We are based in Ipswich but work throughout Suffolk producing video content for anyone and everyone.”
The Menta Trade Fair continues until 6pm today.
The ten-day festival culminates in the fourth Bury Free Press Business Awards event on Friday October 9.