SheffEX triumph seals its future

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More exhibitors and more visitors - let’s make it a twice-a-year thing.

SheffEx co-organiser Tony Carroll explained his thinking during the popular one-day business exhibition which returned to Ponds Forge sports centre for a second time yesterday.

The first event, held in June, attracted 100 exhibitors, yesterday’s had 104. And, according to Tony, there were more visitors too.

SheffEx will be run twice a year in June and December.

He said: “We’ll break even on today, but that’s not the point. It’s one of those things that needed to be done.

“This is a place for everyone to come together and do a few deals. But it’s not just about what happens today, it about what happens afterwards too.

“A lot of people re-booked and a lot are coming for a third time.

“The mix is really interesting, it’s mainly local businesses but I would guess about one in six are from outside the region.”

The independent event was organised by five volunteers who fitted it around day jobs.

Tony added: “We wanted to keep it cheap to make it easier for people to exhibit.”

Visitors and exhibitors included Johnston Press, Nottingham-based Parcelhub which has just opened an office in Sheffield, Johanne Bettley, of Winning Pitch in Leeds, an accelerator programme for successful companies, and Karen of the Relaxation Den in Bradway.

The event featured a ‘Meet the Media’ seminar with talks from David Walsh, The Star Business editor, Mike Woodcock of BBC Radio Sheffield and Kirstie Kinrade of HR Media.

It also included business speed dating and massage. Six good causes won a competition to exhibit including Disability Sheffield and St. Luke’s Hospice.