Town ready for launch of first Business Festival

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THE FIRST Bury St Edmunds Business Festival kicks off on Tuesday with a 10-day host of business events bringing some of the top organisations across the region to the town.

The Menta Trade Fair, organised by the Bury-based business enterprise agency and which will feature 55 trade stands, launches the festival on September 13 and there is the Bury Free Press’s own B2B event on September 22.

Young businesses will get advice from the StartUp Britain Bus, which rolls into town on September 22 between 2pm and 5pm on Cornhill, where a team of experts, mentors and entrepreneurs will be available to give advice.

Manufacturing and engineering is featured at the Exhibition of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (EAME), offering insight from industry leaders and advice on development.

This is staged in The Apex on Tuesday, September 20, and places must be booked.

Open for Business is an event hosted by the newly-formed New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. This is being staged at The Apex on Thursday, September 15. Tickets are £30 and include a networking business breakfast and lunch.

West Suffolk College is also holding a series of workshops including an Employer Breakfast at the West Wing at Ickworth.

On Saturday, September 17, there is a special cycle event to coincide with the local stage of the Tour of Britain.

Bury businesses will be competing in a cycle challenge on Angel Hill, raising money for Sport for Rwanda, to give sporting opportunities to children in Rwanda. Bury is hosting the pre-Olympic Games training camp for the Rwandan team next year.

To join the challenge you can register a team for £30 payable to West Suffolk Wheelers, care of Barry Denny, Denny Bros Ltd, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7AR.

The Art of Being Heard is being held at the Theatre Royal on September 22 to provides hints on getting over your business message.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury council, said: “Challenging times traditionally see increased entrepreneurship, creativity and business start-ups. This response is easier where there is a culture of enterprise and forward looking St Edmundsbury has a strong track record of fostering and growing business.More is available on

n Business Festival official programme – inside today.