Expo event will showcase Plymouth as a 'brilliant place for business'
A HIGH-profile expo will this week show Plymouth as "a brilliant place to do business", leading Chamber of Commerce figures say.
Wednesdays' Business Expo, part of this week's Marine City Festival, is being staged in a marquee on the Hoe.
More than 70 representatives of businesses and business support organisations will rub shoulders with prestigious guests including Iain Grey, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
David Parlby, chief executive of expo organiser Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said the event would "show just how good Plymouth is at doing business."
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He added: "The Business Expo aims to demonstrate that Plymouth is a brilliant place in which to do business.
"We have an abundance of skilled people, lots of young enterprising companies with innovative products and services and an atmosphere in which success breeds success.
"Add to that the superb quality of life that Plymouth offers, and we have an unbeatable formula for employers and employees alike.
"I've heard plenty of people say that Plymouth doesn't do enough to market itself," he added. "If enough people get to the Expo on Wednesday, that will be a thing of the past."
He said presentations, including by Mr Grey and Lord Green, will "provide clear and practical advice for business owners and managers" and businesses "may well find new suppliers or new customers, even if not exhibiting".
The free to attend Business Expo is the first of its kind staged in Plymouth and starts with breakfast at the National Marine Aquarium and a boat tour for guests, including Mr Grey, around Plymouth Sound.
The tour will showcase Plymouth from the water and will include commentary from Captain Tim Charlesworth, HM Harbour Master, Dave Atkin, port Manager at Associated British Ports, and Duncan Cumberland of Muse Developments, which is developing Millbay.
Following the boat trip, guests will join the expo on the Hoe, where Mr Grey and Lord Green will speak.
Rob Guy, the Chamber's events and training portfolio holder, said: "The show will be open to all, and will demonstrate very clearly Plymouth's strength of innovation, enterprise and skill.
"During the Business Expo there will be an opportunity to have one-to-one meetings in a 'meet the buyer' and 'meet the seller' scenario.
"Throughout the day, attendees will hear talks from experts in their respective fields including Lord Green."
Anyone can come to the expo – and its free. It runs from 11am until 4pm. For details: www.marinecityfestival.co.uk/events/article/maritime_business_show.