Hundreds turn out for chamber’s networking event

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HUNDREDS of people turned up to a networking event.

It was the first event that the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s new chief executive, Stewart Dunn, has attended in the position, which he began last week.

!'(left to right) Sales Team Manager Tracie Sharp with Jackie Cooper a New Sales Consultant at  ''The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce exhibition''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14353-0056)

!'(left to right) Sales Team Manager Tracie Sharp with Jackie Cooper a New Sales Consultant at ''The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce exhibition''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14353-0056)

The monthly events are designed to encourage businesses to sign up to the chamber, as well as to give existing members a chance to network.

The event, held at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour, was attended by around 280 people representing dozens of Hampshire businesses.

Maureen Frost, the deputy chief executive of the chamber, said: ‘It is a really good opportunity for our members to exhibit their business at an affordable rate.

‘It is a great way to network and we usually have between 200 and 300 people attend.

‘For the chamber, it is a chance for us to make sure that our members and prospective ones find out what we do.’

A diverse range of companies set out their stalls alongside charities, the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council.

A number of new members were given the opportunity to sell their businesses in 15 second presentations in front of delegates and members of the chamber.

Matthew Larcome, director of Memo Events Ltd, who was at the event to tell attendees about the Portsmouth Business Expo, a free, day-long business event for small and medium-sized businesses, said: ‘We are here to help businesses grow their network, and business.

‘These things are very important which is why we do our own show.’

Tracie Sharp, sales manager for G Casino in Gunwharf Quays, said the events give her a chance to talk to customers she wouldn’t necessarily meet otherwise.

She said: ‘There are so many people who come to these events.

‘They are from Chichester, Bognor, Southampton – to get our name out there is absolutely fantastic.’

To register for free visitor tickets to Portsmouth Business Expo on Thursday, March 20 at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea, visit portsmouthbusinessexpo.co.uk