The exhibition that means business - for Rotherham and Barnsley

Pictured at Chamber Means Business,  Mark Hannigan pperations manager, of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, and its chief executive, Andrew Denniff
Pictured at Chamber Means Business, Mark Hannigan pperations manager, of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, and its chief executive, Andrew Denniff
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Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber are once again to host a free to attend Business-to-Business exhibition for businesses across the Sheffield City Region.

The event, Chamber Means Business, is now its third year and will take place at Barnsley’s Tankersley Manor on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

The exhibition was designed by the chamber for member companies in Barnsley and Rotherham to showcase their business to the wider city region.

Over 35 chamber members will exhibit on the day from a range of sectors. The businesses will be demonstrating their products and services to over 300 visitors throughout the day.

Andrew Denniff, Chamber Chief Executive, said: “ This is a great opportunity for all businesses to come together and meet in an informal setting to develop new contacts and meet up with established clients and customers.

“This event is now established within the chamber’s business calendar and I know that many of our members and local businesses will be taking some time out during the day to come and join us.

“Both our exhibitors and many long-standing Chamber members will also be available on the day to give some fresh ideas and display their range of services and products”.

As well as the opportunity to network with visitors and meet the exhibitors, there will also be four free informative business seminars taking place throughout the day.

Speakers from Barnsley College, Peter TS, Lead Forensics and Wosskow Brown Solicitors will deliver specialist 30-minute seminars on various subjects that can help entrepreneurs and business owners and managers.

Jenny Gledek of Barnsley College will discuss the Government changes to apprentice funding and why now is the time to recruit an apprentice.

She will cover grants, free training, and explain how businesses can improve their productivity and upskill existing staff through work-based qualifications.

Pete Thornton-Smith, managing director of Peter TS, will teach delegates how to “Convert Strangers into Clients or Contacts” by offering four thought-provoking elements to enhance the art of successful networking.

He will discuss the common mistakes people make when networking and detail what social media has to offer in today’s networking arena.

Lead Forensics director Ray Wright will give a seminar on digital marketing and talk about why it is important for today’s businesses.

As a director in one of the world’s fastest-growing marketing software companies, Ray will be demonstrating specific examples of how successful companies implement digital marketing strategies to achieve success.

The end goal for all companies through implementing digital marketing strategy is sales, says Ray, who aims to outline how this target can be effectively achieved.

The final seminar will be delivered by Jim Lawson, who is the HR, employment and business growth advisor at Sheffield’s Wosskow Brown Solicitors. Jim will advise delegates about getting recruitment right and share some of the things businesses can do to get the ‘right’ team performing well and making a real difference to productivity and income.

Mark Hannigan, operations manager at the chamber commented: “Our 2013 event proved to be an outstanding success and we are hoping to duplicate this again with over 300 delegates expected to visit Tankersley Manor throughout the day.

“There is a real buzz for the exhibition this year and we have even had to expand into the hotel courtyard after being approached by Sytner Sheffield BMW, who wanted to get involved.

“They will be bringing some of their latest models to the event.

“The range of seminars running throughout the exhibition have subjects and key speakers that are highly relevant to today’s businesses. I am sure they will prove both interesting and useful to delegates.

“Previous Chamber Means Business exhibitions have shown just how great our businesses are in the region and some great business has been achieved. I’m sure that this year will not be the exception and we will see many of our region’s companies and organisations working together.

“We are very happy to be back at Tankersley. It’s a great location, very close to the M1, which is very easily accessible for businesses from the City Region.”

Chamber Means Business is a free to attend exhibition, pre-registration is not essential but is advised and anyone wanting to attend the event can find more information or register their attendance on or by calling the Chamber Events team on 01709 386200.