Business owners from all over Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas who were interested in meeting local suppliers and business networking visited last week’s Hertsmere exhibition. Representatives from more than 40 companies exhibited and came together to speak with more than 250 visitors at the 2013 Best Business EXPO.
The event, of which the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry (HCCI) was a sponsor, was held at the Elstree Holiday Inn on Thursday, October 10th.
 HCCI hosted a pre-EXPO networking breakfast event at the hotel which saw 45 business directors come together to informally network and listen to guest presenter Jeremy Silverstone of Purple Marketing  inspire them with “25 Top Tips to Marketing”.  After the presentation four new Herts Chamber members received their framed membership certificates.
Hertsmere Mayor, Cllr Paul Morris officially opened the EXPO and spent time visiting Exhibitors at their stands and chatting to many show visitors.

HCCI Operations Manager Jill Coggins, who was manning the Herts Chamber’s stand together with other colleagues, said: “The BB EXPO was very well attended by well-established and new business start-ups alike. We were delighted with the interest people took in joining the Chamber and were pleased that seven companies joined as new members at the EXPO with many more to follow-up.”

Yolanda Rugg, Chief Executive of HCCI 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 and Industry (HCCI) 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.

HCCI 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 HCCI 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. HCCI also contributes to the development of national chamber policy which is a hugely important role in shaping future legislation.

Patrons and members of HCCI include Tesco, Affinity Water, Pitney Bowes, LV= and Breeze and Wyles Solicitors.

To find out more and to sign up for future Chamber events, please click here.