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Bishop's Stortford Means Business exhibition returns to South Mill Arts in October on its 20th anniversary




Bishop’s Stortford Means Business will celebrate 20 years of bringing employers, entrepreneurs and customers together when it takes place in October.

The annual exhibition, which was first held in 2001, will return to South Mill Arts on Wednesday October 20, from 10am to 4pm, after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

The event, organised by Bob Lee of Bishop’s Stortford firm Marketing Kinetics, provides a showcase of the goods and services available locally and, in turn, to contribute to the prosperity of the area.

South Mill Arts will once again be the venue when Bishop's Stortford Means Business returns. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50607025)
South Mill Arts will once again be the venue when Bishop's Stortford Means Business returns. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50607025)

It is proving hugely popular once again, with three-quarters of the stands having already been taken by returning exhibitors and some taking part for the first time. The wide variety of companies and organisations include an architect, a car dealership and an office furniture supplier.

The event, which is free for people to visit, has been hailed by Stortford MP Julie Marson as a brilliant showcase for the town’s businesses.

“I have a business and finance background myself and so I am keenly aware of the importance of our businesses to our community and how much they contribute to our economy both locally and nationally,” said Mrs Marson.

“We are brimming with so many creative, professional and innovative businesses, new and old, large and small, and this is a great opportunity to connect and share experiences and ideas.

“I congratulate Bob and everyone involved in arranging the event and am very happy to support it in any way I can.”

Family law firm Rayden Solicitors, which recently opened an office at Heath House in Dane Street, will be taking part as a way of introducing themselves to the town.

Vivienne Vaerliss, of Hatfield Broad Oak-based coffee business Bean Box, is also excited to be exhibiting at BSMB to spread the word about her range of gift boxes and selection packs.

Bishop's Stortford Means Business is on Wednesday October 20
Bishop's Stortford Means Business is on Wednesday October 20

“I found myself looking at the vast array of coffee in the supermarket and wondering how on earth people make a decision,” said Vivienne. “So many of us buy coffee based on the description alone and sometimes the taste just doesn’t match, for whatever reason.

“I thought about how useful it would be to have a selection pack of six different blends, using smaller bags than those usually available. So if one or two weren’t to your taste it wouldn’t be a huge waste of money and coffee beans.”

BSMB is the place to go for anyone who is considering starting a business or has recently done so as there is a wealth of advice and support available.

You can talk to accountants, solicitors and bankers. You can find out about office accommodation at Launchpad, Thremhall Park or Work From Here. If you need assistance with marketing, a logo or a website, there will be someone who can help. And if you have IT issues, specialists can advise.

Retailers will be able to discover all the benefits of being part of the Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) and jobseekers or people looking for a change of career can chat to recruitment firms.

For leisure, the likes of Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, Manor of Groves and Saffron Hall will be on hand to discuss what they have to offer.

The RecruitAbility team, including directors and sisters Lucy Fowler, far left, and Wendy Barribal, far right, at BSMB 2019. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50608039)
The RecruitAbility team, including directors and sisters Lucy Fowler, far left, and Wendy Barribal, far right, at BSMB 2019. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50608039)

BSMB also features a programme of free seminars. Clear It will be giving a talk entitled ‘An SME Guide to Cyber Security’ and there will be seminars covering social media and business support.

The Indie is BSMB’s media partner and the event is sponsored by East Herts Council. Organiser Bob Lee said: “The generous sponsorship from East Herts means that we are able to run an event of real quality yet keep the cost of participation low.”

Visit www.bsmb.co.uk to find out more and email exhibition@bsmb.co.uk if you are interested in taking one of the remaining stands.



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