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Bishop's Stortford Means Business 2019 at Rhodes Arts Complex on Wednesday, October 16




Architects, chauffeurs, image consultants and coffee vendors will be amongst the exhibitors at this year's Bishop's Stortford Means Business.

The 2019 edition of the exhibition, which has been running since 2001, takes place at Rhodes Arts Complex on Wednesday, October 16. It opens at 10am and is free to visit.

There has been exceptional interest and great demand from companies and organisations for stands this year, which is reflected in the wide range of exhibitors taking part.

Bob Lee, right, with London Stansted Airport's head of public affairs and partnerships David Lewy (17532909)
Bob Lee, right, with London Stansted Airport's head of public affairs and partnerships David Lewy (17532909)

There will be lots of advice for start-ups and small firms, with accountants, solicitors and banks on hand to give information.

Charringtons House-based Launchpad business centre will be there to explain how they can help while recruitment firms will be on hand to assist with job searches.

A major part of BSMB is the series of free seminars. Starting at 10.30am, the first presentation will be by Stortford-based online marketing consultant and coach Tanya Filer with a talk entitled 'Social media strategy that turns conversations into clients'.

Bob Lee, right, with Alex Wright of Barons BMW (17532916)
Bob Lee, right, with Alex Wright of Barons BMW (17532916)

Filer has been working with business owners in the area for the past seven years. Her area of speciality is helping them develop, implement and analyse their social media strategy to increase their presence and bottom line.

Next up will be the Hertfordshire Growth Hub's David Zerny speaking on the theme 'Hertfordshire Growth Hub - Can we help your business?'

The hub's remit is to help established businesses with real potential for growth to access the support they need to achieve even more. Their business advisers are industry experts, ready to work with you to diagnose exactly what your business needs and help you make it happen.

The final seminar is entitled 'Confident speaking for business' and will be delivered by Stortford language expert Ellie Louis, who runs The English Classroom and The French Room from Launchpad.

Last year's Bishop's Stortford Means Business. Picture: Vikki Lince
Last year's Bishop's Stortford Means Business. Picture: Vikki Lince

This is a taster session for a course run by The English Classroom to help business people speak with more confidence.

"If you come across as a confident speaker, people will want to listen to what you have to say in all kinds of situations; at work, with friends and in any situation really," said Louis.

The free speed networking session is also once again on the agenda following its success in 2018. Visit www.bsmb.co.uk to book your place and to sign up for the seminars.

A first this year is the participation of radio station StortfordOne, while a series of offers will be available on the day, including first-time exhibitors Unity Online giving 10% off new websites and long-term participants Stort Physio giving away vouchers for a free assessment.

Parking is limited at Rhodes, but free parking is available at Bishop's Stortford Club Football Club, in Woodside, Dunmow Road, from where an all-day free shuttle service is being provided by Barons BMW.

The Indie is the event's media partner while London Stansted Airport and East Herts Council are sponsors.

"Their generous sponsorship means that we are able to run an event of real quality yet keep the cost of participation low," said BSMB organiser Bob Lee.

Visit www.bsmb.co.uk for more details.



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