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Meet The Buyer

 

Wednesday 27th October 2010

‘MEET THE BUYER’ EVENT IS A REAL BARGAIN

 

There was a buzz of excitement in the air yesterday, as some of the largest organisations in the county gathered at Bedford College’s, South Bank Arts Centre, in a drive to encourage local investment. The ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, sponsored by Bedford Borough Council and organised by Conquest Business Events, was introduced by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.

 

It provided an opportunity for a wide-range of businesses; all just as eager to meet each other, with the ideal chance to talk business and discuss how they can possibly work together going forward! Buyers from such companies as Wells & Young, Lockheed Martin, Autoglass, Bedford Hospital, Bourns, Bedford College, and Bedford Borough Council, attended the event.

 

Buyers indicated the types of business relevant to their fields of work; and suppliers were offered ‘speed meetings’ lasting 10 minutes with each business.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We’ll work in everyway we can to support those businesses based in Bedford, and to attract further big names to our borough. We are centrally located with major improvements being delivered to support our infrastructure including the £220m dualling of A421, linking the A1 and M1, 14,000+ homes. The Western By-Pass is now in its 2nd stage, with just 1.3 miles of road yet to be completed before it is fully functional. As a council, it is clear that we are 100% committed to business growth in Bedford.”

 

Jon Hillier, Senior Partner, Appointments Company said: “To get a chance to meet buyers of larger companies is absolutely fantastic for us as Small and Medium size Enterprise’s (SME’s). It’s the ideal opportunity to meet people in the underworld of SME business. It would be virtually impossible to get such businesses all in one room, if it was not for this event.”

 

Mahmoud Dairi, Business Development Manager, at Bluechip said: “As a company we might be buying products from companies further afield, not knowing that there is a suitable vendor just over the road! This event is crucial in order to avoid such scenarios. We value networking with businesses so we can clearly understand Bedford’s business landscape, and we are very interested in finding out what local companies are providing.”

 

All of the buyers requested to see types of business relevant to their fields of work, which included office suppliers, IT, building trades and catering. Over 60 ‘speed meetings’ took place.

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