Organisers of the 11th annual Yorkshire Business Market are urging prospective exhibitors to sign up soon – or risk missing out.
Of the 100 stands available at the event at Pavilions of Harrogate on Monday, April 27, two-thirds have now been booked.
There are several different sizes and locations to choose from, and some have proved more popular with exhibitors than ever.
Brian Dunsby, chief executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce which organises the event, said: “The medium-sized stands have been particularly popular this year and we have just a handful of those left now.
“The small, large and extra-large spaces are selling well too, and we have all kinds of businesses represented, from hospitality and events management to solicitors, accountants and office supplies. This year, we have introduced the option of choosing your preferred location when you pay for your stand, which has been very well received.”
Another innovation for 2015 is the Start-up Zone, which features micro-stands for new businesses in their first year of trading. Several businesses in very different fields have already booked their place, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet hundreds of business leaders in one day for a new low price of £220.
Among them is The Round Table Dining, a private dining and corporate catering business established in Harrogate by chef Whaheed Rojan and his wife Rebecca.
He said: “We only began trading in 2014 so this is our first Yorkshire Business Market. We offer both private dining in your own home and corporate catering, including business lunches, buffets, product launches, team building events and other functions.
“We are looking forward to a chance to meet lots of businesses in one day for a very reasonable cost, and the new Start-up Zone offer is ideal for us. We will be promoting our corporate work with a few give-aways and of course we will be happy to speak to anyone interested in the private dining too.”
Meanwhile, Peter Wilkinson of Karatbars is looking forward to the chance to launch a new wealth system in the Harrogate area. Trading in small units of gold, Karatbars offers business the chance to develop their own design of Gold Card which can be used to promote the company – or given as a gift.
He said: “I believe the Yorkshire Business Market is ideal for me, as this is a unique product and it could be very useful to businesses – and people in general – as it has lots of benefits in one package.”
Alongside the exhibitor areas, Yorkshire Business Market will be offering seminars on a wide range of topics – including several for start-up businesses. For the first time this year, mentoring sessions will also be available for new and prospective business owners. Further details will be announced soon.
Mr Dunsby added: “We have announced that 2015 is our year of the start-up and small business in Harrogate, so the Start-up Zone, seminars and mentoring sessions are all designed to help people become established and begin to grow.
“We are happy to speak to any business considering exhibiting at Yorkshire Business Market this year, whether they are new or more established. Our past exhibitors have told us that whether they want to raise their profiles, launch a new product, build new contacts or just ensure they are represented at a major business to business event, Yorkshire Business Market is a vital date in their calendar.”