Over 1,000 attendees and a total of 126 exhibitors turned out in
force on Wednesday as Success Doncaster took over the Dome for
their fourth Business Showcase event.
The event was an opportunity for local new and existing
businesses to come together and showcase their goods and services
as well as find new customers and suppliers and ultimately network
with like minded business people.
The show featured keynote speakers, Jean Stewart, an experienced
business advisor and qualified accountant technician, James
Ashfordfrom local business, Rocket Powered Design who has been
recognised by the British Design Council as one of the most
innovative designers in the UK and Simon Hartley, a sport
psychologist and performance coach and author of 'Peak Performance
MODE's very own Coral Keers was also handed the microphone for
the day as the official MC, as she talked to various business
owners and helped to generate a postive, friendly atmosphere around
The hall was divided into sections with a dedicated area for
exhibitors representing the Fruit Tree Business Club, a local
membership group in Doncaster, one to promote our social enterprise
businesses and another for those organisations offering business
support such as HMRC, Doncaster Council and Doncaster
Throughout the day advice was on hand from various organisations
offering business support and financial advice for all. Live tweets
were sent on the day which also created a great atmosphere.
Claire Bossward, Success Doncaster Programme Manager said "The
Business Showcase had a real buzz to it once again and proved that
despite the current tough economic climate, in Doncaster we have
plenty of energetic, forward thinking businesses. The event
provided an excellent platform to network and meet new business
contacts and we hope many left with a wealth of business
intelligence, new connections and some excellent new leads.
The event once again received fantastic feedback from exhibitors
who were grateful of the chance to exhibit, take part and network
with other Doncaster businesses.
Feedback began on social media sites such as twitter and
facebook as soon as the event finished and comments are continuing
to be made in this format as well as being collated through
evaluation forms and our online survey by visiting
Rik Courtney, business owner Be More Social said: "I loved it,
we weren't expecting the event to be this good".
Caroline Dawson from new start business Monkey Fuzz said: "I
loved the helpfulness of the standsitters, they were awesome! It
was a very useful day"
A new service, Business Doncaster was also launched. Business
Doncaster combines work from Doncaster Council and other local
organisations to provide a single point of contact for all new and
existing businesses in the borough, making it easier to access the
support they need to grow.
The support on offer covers areas such as starting a new
business, investment opportunities, funding, training, career
development, apprenticeships, skills advice, access to government
grants, exporting advice and much more. Advice and support is also
available for those wishing to move into the area by bringing
together the resources and skills from a number of partners.