Hundreds turn out for fourth business showcase

The team at Success Doncaster offered a stand sitter service so that stand holders have the opportunity to network. Pictured l-r are Linda Holmes, Heather Hamilton, Tony Corby, Alison Hartshorne, and Lindsey Bell.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2371LM
The team at Success Doncaster offered a stand sitter service so that stand holders have the opportunity to network. Pictured l-r are Linda Holmes, Heather Hamilton, Tony Corby, Alison Hartshorne, and Lindsey Bell. Picture: Liz Mockler D2371LM
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SCORES of enterprises promoted their products and services at one of the biggest business events in town - and more than 1,000 visitors took the chance to find out just what they had to offer.

The one-day Business Showcase gave ventures of all descriptions a prominent platform to raise their profiles, meet new customers and suppliers and, ultimately, to do more business.

It also provided the chance to network, pick up free advice and keep up to date with the latest business support developments.

Hosted by Success Doncaster at the Dome leisure centre, the event attracted new and developing ventures as well as business support organisations, further education providers and jobs, careers and apprenticeship experts.

Sharing their expertise were keynote speakers Jean Stewart, an experienced business advisor and qualified accountant technician, designer James Ashford of local business Rocket Powered Design and Simon Hartley, a sport psychologist and performance coach.

Enterprise agency Donbac delivered a seminar about accessing finance and general financial advice was also available.

There was an informal networking session sponsored by Doncaster CVS to give social enterprises the chance to meet with the aim of partnership working, identifying trading opportunities and swapping ideas.

There was also a dedicated area for exhibitors representing the Fruit Tree Business Club and another for organisations offering business support including HMRC, Doncaster Council and Doncaster Chamber.

Claire Bossward, Success Doncaster programme manager, said: “The Business Showcase had a real buzz to it once again and proved that despite the current tough economic climate, in Doncaster we have plenty of energetic, forward-thinking businesses.

“The event provided an excellent platform to network and meet new business contacts and we hope many left with a wealth of business intelligence, new connections and some excellent new leads,” she added.

A total of 126 exhibitors attended the event and the diverse businesses ranged from health and fitness to cake-making and puppets.

Success Doncaster is the council’s work, skills and enterprise programme which offers support to new and existing businesses, helps people into employment and retraining and delivers a mentoring programme.

Since being established in October 2007 the service has supported more than 32,000 businesses and individuals including assisting more than 1,500 business start-ups and providing access to mentoring support for 1,263 people.

Organisers, who have been involved in showcase events for the previous three years, said the latest one had again received fantastic feedback.

Exhibitors were grateful for the chance to take part and network with other Doncaster businesses they added.