Corsham Means Business Show puts Wiltshire on the map

By Anita Jaynes on 23 March, 2016

The Corsham Means Business Show was held for the second year running on Wednesday March 16  at Hartham Park and has been hailed a huge success, with a couple of the exhibitors even being interviewed and featured on BBC2’s Newsnight programme including TBE editor Anita Jaynes. The Show took place on Budget day and businesses there were given the opportunity to express their opinions on how the Chancellor’s key points might affect them. The Show was also visited by the apprenticeship ‘Pass the Torch’ campaign on its tour of Wiltshire during National Apprenticeship Week.

The day started with Inspire’s monthly business breakfast which was held in the Corsham Institute building after which attendees were invited to move across to the show in the Mansion House where a full programme of speakers the busy exhibition was held throughout the day. The show attracted over 300 visitors and 60+ businesses represented on stands.

Organised by Corsham Chamber of Commerce the event was sponsored by The Martingate Centre, Goughs Solicitors, Whitehall Garden Centre and Corsham Town Council, and supported by Hartham Park as venue sponsor and Old Mill accountants as catering sponsor. Corsham Print were print partner and The Business Exchange was media partner.

The speaker programme, ‘2020 a Vision for Corsham’ focused on issues facing local businesses over the next few years, concluding with a lively Q&A session involving a panel of local business owners. Speakers during the day included James White from InTouch CRM who gave the audience an insight into how he sees the future of business evolving and which technologies will be important to us in the future. Alison Edgar from Sales Coaching Solutions gave guests her tips on how to be a sales hero, whilst Ian Hatt from Wiltshire College talked about skills for growth and apprenticeships. There was also a focus on cybercrime and DI Gavin Webb from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit Zephyr was on hand to offer advice from a national to local perspective on how to make your company more secure.

During the day the Corsham Chamber of Commerce facilitated a panel discussion with four of its members which gave local businesses the opportunity to discuss how it creates a business community that enables growth through participation and innovation. Sue Stockley, president of the chamber, was very pleased with the high level of interest shown both locally and nationally in the event and the volume of business generated for exhibitors. Sue said: “Having talked to many of the exhibitors during the day I understand that they have come away with some very good sales leads and that was a very satisfactory outcome to a busy, but rewarding day for everyone involved.”

To see the BBC Newsnight coverage click here the Wiltshire feature begins approximately 34minutes 34seconds in. Drag your cursor to get to the right time.