REPRESENTATIVES from businesses had the chance to network at a Meet the Buyer day organised by the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.
The event at the Ageas Bowl in West End saw people from 65 businesses meet 17 local authority and private company buyers.
Chamber president Andrew Finney said: ‘It is a key opportunity for local suppliers with products to sell to meet the buyer and understand what is required in a complex procurement world. Sometimes understanding this is the key to success.
‘Business is tough – the recent challenges for the steel industry are a key example of that – and we need to work together to rise to this challenge, locally, nationally and globally.
‘We are hoping to match last year when deals worth £6m originated from the event, bringing together suppliers and buyers.’