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BUSINESS will be showcasing all that’s vibrant and entrepreneurial in and around Bury St Edmunds at this year’s Business Festival, which opens on September 11.

Running at venues in and around the town, the festival will showcase what is available for our businesses and young entrpreneurs, as well as offering workshops on honing communication and leadership skills and provide valuable networking opportunities for those taking part.

It will also be a platform for young business minds, with the Fresh Festival aimed at 16-30 year olds interested in launching their own business. This is staged at The Apex on September 14.

The festival also features the Bury Free Press Business Show which offers businesses the chance to exhibit, network and create business opportunities. This is on September 18 at The Athenaeum and will feature the USAFE Procurement team, which provides millions of pounds of contracts to British companies each year.

The festival opens with the Menta Trade Fair at Ickworth’s West Wing on September 11.

There is also a chance for people to learn about the international trade link between Britain and China at the Suffolk International Trade Group – Focus on China presentation at Denny Bros Conference Suite on September 12.

Dr David J Hall will talk on how creativity can attract and retain the best staff at the Ickworth Business Breakfast at the West Wing on September 12.

West Suffolk College hosts a number of events including Essential Business Skills for Young Entrepreneurs offering strategies and ideas with seminars, a question and answer panel and networking opportunities. This is on September 17.

The college also hosts a workshop on Engaging and Inspiring Your Employees on September 13 offering ways of motivating and satisfying employees while balancing the needs of a business.

Bid4Bury will be hosting Question Time when people will be able to quiz local business and Government representatives on national and local issues at The Apex on September 13.

Bury’s Chamber of Commerce will be offering tips on maintaining wellbeing in the workplace on September 14 with practical advice, taster sessions and demonstrations at The West Wing.

There is a free business networking brunch on September 17 at Newmarket racecourse with Suffolk, Haverhill and Newmarket Chambers of Commerce where Simon Grey, chief executive of East of England Energy Group, will be outlining how businesses can benefit from incoming investment in the energy sector.

The Federation of Small Businesses lunch – It’s the Business – is at The Fox public house, in Eastgate Street, Bury, on September 18, featuring Sean Clark, who will expound the value of using social media to promote your brand.

The Art of Being Heard and The Art of Leadership at The Guildhall on September 20 and 21 are professional development days on how to develop leadership and communication skills.

The festival closes with the Bury Free Press’s own Business Awards when we will announce the best of the best with our award winners,

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