Business owners from all over Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas who were interested in meeting local suppliers and business networking visited last week’s Dacorum Showcase. Representatives from more than 80 companies came together to speak with more than 400 visitors at the 2013 Showcase.

The event, of which the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce was an exhibitor, was held at Shendish Manor on Friday, October 18th.

Herts Chamber hosted a pre-EXPO networking lunch event at the hotel which saw 70 business directors come together to informally network and listen to guest presenter Simon Shepard of Optima Life inspire them with “Maximising Performance – It Starts With You”.   

Hemel Hempstead MP, Mike Penning officially opened the showcase and spent time visiting exhibitors at their stands and chatting to many show visitors.
Herts Chamber Business Development Manager Pippa Hutchinson, who was manning the Herts Chamber’s stand together with other colleagues, said: “The Showcase was very well attended by well established and new business start-ups alike. We were delighted with the interest people took in joining the Herts Chamber and were pleased that several local companies joined as new members at the Showcase with many more to follow-up.”

Yolanda Rugg, Chief Executive of Herts Chamber added: " It was a great event to connect local businesses and grow new supply opportunities. The feedback I have received has been very positive, citing a real buzz and evidence that business confidence is very much on the increase."

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce exists to help businesses succeed. It is the largest independent business service organisation in the county and currently has approximately 2,000 members ranging from sole traders to multinational companies.
Herts Chamber is affiliated to the British Chambers of Commerce which has over 100,000 member companies employing more than five million people throughout the UK.

One of the main roles of Herts Chamber is to champion businesses and represent their interests at a local and national level. It does this by lobbying and working with councils, national government and other relevant organisations. Herts Chamber also contributes to the development of national chamber policy which is a hugely important role in shaping future legislation.
Patrons and members of Herts Chamber include Tesco, Affinity Water, Pitney Bowes, LV= and Breeze and Wyles Solicitors.

To find out more and to sign up for future Chamber events visit