Businesses turn out for networking conference

BUSINESS-MINDED Portsmouth Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy, who opened the event, speaks to Jeremy Toole and Heather Williams of PETA.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (114129-3)
BUSINESS-MINDED Portsmouth Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy, who opened the event, speaks to Jeremy Toole and Heather Williams of PETA. Picture: Paul Jacobs (114129-3)
Rae Bryden, manager at Joules in Gunwharf Quays, who was the Manager of the Year winner and was runner-up in the Fashion Store of the Year category at The News's Retail and Leisure Awards in 2016.  Picture: Sarah Standing (170883-5016)

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MORE than 20 of the region’s businesses and organisations packed into the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel for a networking event.

The News-backed Connecting For Business event yesterday gave exhibitors the opportunity to promote services to visitors and form new partnerships with businesses in the area.

Exhibitors included AQ Networking, Cloud Computing, PETA, Griffin Design, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, CoffinMew and Portsmouth FC,

Visitors were also able to visit an exhibition by the charity Brain Tumour Research.

The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy and featured talks from guest speakers Penny Mordaunt MP, David Passfield from Peninsula Business Services and Brian Cowie, director of Perspicuity.

Business representatives had the chance to take part in a marketing workshop thanks to Coalition Communications director Louise Fenwick.

Her Social Media Marketing: Old Rules, New Tools workshop focused on how businesses can drive sales through social networking techniques.

Exhibitor Jerry Merrill, manager of management and general training at training service PETA, said: ‘In terms of reaching out to existing companies and new businesses this event is vitally important.’

Also present at the event was Karen Griffin, whose Chichester-based Griffin Designs produces a variety of vehicle graphics, and Charlie Barnes, employment lawyer at law firm CoffinMew.

He said: ‘It’s an important opportunity for us because we are reaching out to clients in the Portsmouth and Solent area.’

Angela Hayward, conference and banqueting sales manager at Portsmouth FC, said: ‘We are trying to promote our non-match day facilities and opportunities like this help us push our facilities towards a bigger audience.’