Portsmouth expo attracts hundreds to business show

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DOZENS of organisations from across the region took part in the third Portsmouth Business Expo in Portsmouth’s Guildhall.

Portsmouth City Council, NHS Solent and UK Trade & Investment were among the organisations joining businesses including TJ Waste & Recycling and Portsmouth Guildhall. Yesterday’s event gave businesses, not-for-profit and public sector organisations a chance to meet and forge links.

Organiser Matthew Larcome said 500 people were expected to attend.

Hampshire road safety charity, the Blue Lamp Trust, was one of 70 stalls.

It offers driving courses to businesses and uses profits to help 2,500 vulnerable and elderly people secure their homes.

Dave Watkins, who has worked for the charity as an instructor since 2010, said: ‘The point in coming to these things is to network with other exhibitors and meet potential new customers for driver training and the Bobby Scheme.

‘There is usually an interest in one or the other, or both.

‘It is a good place to meet with other local businesses and we are launching our eco-drive project with Portsmouth City Council.’

Andi Ramsey, South East Hampshire project officer for the Sustrans sustainable transport charity, said he was at the expo with a colleague to promote the free My Journey Business Conference in April.

‘We are here promoting our event and the things that businesses can get from looking at sustainable transport,’ he said.

Representatives from NHS Solent were at the event to promote wellbeing for workers and their workplace stress event on May 1.

‘We are here to promote a Talking Change event. What we hope is people will come and find out about workplace stress and the strategies to deal with it,’ said Julie Burbridge, a cognitive behavioural therapist.