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Bishop's Stortford Means Business 2019, sponsored by London Stansted Airport and East Herts Council, is a roaring success at Rhodes Arts Complex

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This year's Bishop's Stortford Means Business was declared a roaring success - and the majority of exhibitors said they feel optimistic about their financial future.

The annual exhibition, sponsored by London Stansted Airport and East Herts Council, took place at the Rhodes Arts Complex on October 16 as an estimated 300 participants took the opportunity to show off their wares and network, with members of the public attending for free.

Chartered accountants Price Bailey, which is based in Causeway House, found businesses were in confident mood when it conducted research at the event as part of its Inside the Minds of Business Leaders project.

That study surveyed over 400 businesses across East Anglia and London, and Price Bailey took the opportunity at BSMB to speak to 40 business leaders six months on to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities for firms in and around Stortford.

Tom Meeks, a senior manager at Price Bailey, said: "Even with Brexit on the horizon, our results paint a very optimistic picture for the future. 62.5% of the business leaders surveyed believe that the financial position for their company will improve over the next 12 months, and 75% of those asked feel more confident about the future."

Several companies took part in BSMB for the first time and 30% of the stands have already been snapped up for the 2020 edition, which takes place on Wednesday, October 14.

Exhibition organiser Bob Lee said: "Without the generous sponsorship from Stansted and East Herts Council it would be impossible to put on an event of this standard and at the low cost for exhibitors that we are able to do."

Seminars run by online marketing consultant Tanya Filer, the Hertfordshire & BEST Growth Hubs and language expert Ellie Louis of The English Classroom and The French Room were all popular and well attended.

Technology firm MLCS Ltd was one of the first-time exhibitors. Managing director Mike Luxford said: "We have spoken to many people, businesses and fellow exhibitors and have a great many opportunities to follow up, a few of which are very exciting indeed.

"When you are booking for 2020 I think it's fair to say we want to be involved again!"

Go to www.bsmb.co.uk for more information on next year's event and to book.

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