Wexford’s recent and very successful Business Expo delivered a strong message that the county is a serious place in which to do business. “There are very few chambers across the country that can host such an ambitious event,” said Wexford Chamber’s President Martin Doyle.
“This year’s Expo has given out a very strong message nationally that Wexford is a serious place to do business. The support in terms of exhibitors and attendees, despite the deluge of rain that fell, is evidence that this event serves the business community of Wexford in a very meaningful way,” said Mr. Doyle. He said a lot of business was done on the day.
Wexford Chamber partnered with Wexford County Council to bring the innovative event at Whites Hotel to the local business community. Attended by 1,000 people, it presented a platform for businesses to raise their profile and to increase their sales.
Based on the premise of preparing businesses for the upturn, those at the Expo took part in interactive and educational workshops with leading entrepreneurs, were afforded access to vital information relating to government grants and supports, plus three start-up entrepreneurs even had an opportunity to pitch their enterprises for investment to panel of ‘Business Angels’.
The keynote speaker at the event was the highly successful founder of myhome.ie and project manager of The Gathering, Jim Miley.
His address focused on how local businesses needed to embrace the opportunities that the digital landscape offers, concluding his speech with the ultimate endorsement for the Expo, stating that the Wexford Business Expo was as good an event as he has attended, both at home and abroad.
His comments were echoed by one of the exhibitors, Neil Carty of Think Print & Design, who said the Expo was the only one of its calibre he had seen in the region.
The new features introduced at the 2014 Wexford Business Expo were the brainchild of Karl Fitzpatrick, Director of Wexford Chamber, who said the revised format of this year’s expo proved to be extremely popular by all in attendance.
Tony Larkin, Director of Economic Development with the council, said the EXPO provided an ideal opportunity for the council to support Wexford Businesses in promoting their goods and services.