Business booms at second New Forest Expo in Brockenhurst
And lots of fun for all at the 2016 Expo - including climbing wall!
Hundreds of business people visited the second New Forest Business Expo at Brockenhurst College on 3 June, where 80 local companies were showcasing their products and services.
Expo stands, which ranged from food manufacturers and hotels, to renewable energy companies and private detectives, gave exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their offer, meet new customers, and develop their role in a thriving local business community.
A range of business briefings were delivered throughout the day along with tours of Brockenhurst College and demos in the New Forest Cookery School, also based on campus.
Exhibitors and visitors alike were full of praise for the event and social media was alive with testimonials and positive comments:
“Well done on a really good business exhibition - just what the local business community needs. I'm sure this event will continue to go from strength-to-strength; we will certainly be supporting you with a stand next year.”
“Good show, great diversity of talent in the Forest.”
“Really enjoyed my first expo! Looking forward to the next one.”
“Great day spreading the word about our brilliant New Forest Marque producers.”
“This was such a fantastic day for us, so worthwhile – what’s the date for next year’s Expo?”
"As an owner of a New Forest business myself, I was delighted we had so many local business exhibitors and visitors." said Matthew Lawson, Chairman of NFBP and the organising Expo group. "It was a real demonstration of partnership, cooperation, mutual support, networking and doing business together – all in aid of the New Forest Economy. We have had nothing but positive feedback for this locally organised not for profit event to help develop local business and I thank everyone who organised and attended the Expo for their support.”
Expo Organising Group left to right – Matthew Lawson, Carol Seymour, Matt Callaghan, Jane Porter, Anthony Climpson, Juliet Tomlinson, Sandeep Sesodia.
The event was organised on behalf of the New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) and the Brand New Forest Campaign. Event organisers were - Matthew Lawson (Escape Yachting & Chairman of New Forest Business Partnership), Juliet Tomlinson ( Foxpond Marketing), Jane Porter (Bartley Marketing), Ian Erridge (Quay Social Media), Sandeep Sesodia (RBS) Anthony Climpson & Carol Seymour (New Forest District Council - Tourism, Employment and Brand New Forest)
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Brockenhurst College New Forest
The 6th Form College at Brockenhurst delivers a wide range of A Level, vocational and apprenticeship programmes. It also provides a Higher Education programme for adults, skills and training courses for adults, as well as bespoke services to business. More information about Brockenhurst College