A BUSINESS match-making day that last year generated deals in Hampshire worth an estimated £2.3 million is set to be repeated on Thursday 29th March at The Rose Bowl.  At the 2011 event more than 110 suppliers met with 23 buyers and this year is set to be even bigger. 

This initiative enables major buying organisations within South Hampshire to meet local suppliers face-to-face.  The event is designed to build local supply chains and is funded by the South Hampshire Meet the Buyers Partnership which includes Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, Test Valley Borough Council, and Winchester City Council.  The event is being run on behalf of the Partnership by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce whose main aim is to support initiatives which create growth & prosperity for Hampshire.

Senior buyers from organisations such as Hampshire County Council, Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council, Fassett Facilities Management Company, Lakehouse the award winning support services provider, New Forest District Council, Geoffrey Osborne Limited the Construction, Refurbishment, Fit out Civil Engineering & Property Services Company, and many more have already committed to take part. They will all be given a buying booth at the event, allowing them each to meet up to 25 small and medium sized businesses on the day.

Councillor Peter Wall said: “We are proud to be involved with this year’s event which is set to be the largest yet. It is a great opportunity for local businesses to meet with some of the biggest public and private sector organisations in the region and generate income for the local economy.”

Once again the Partnership is offering more than just the one day event. This year a programme of events will help prepare people for a day of selling.

The first is “How to Sell Yourself” seminar will be held on March 20 at Eastleigh Borough Council offices. To enable suppliers to pick up tips on how to best sell their products and services to major buyers. This will be run by Denise Barlow, Head of Communications & Marketing at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. 

There will also be two public sector procurement training workshops  “How to Win Public Sector Procurement Opportunities” These will be held on  March 28 in Committee Room 1 at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA.  The second will be held on March at 7th at Wessex House in Eastleigh.  Both events will start at 1300 and end at 1700. 

If you are interested in attending as either a buyer or supplier please contact Hampshire Chamber of Commerce on 08444990446, e mail Janet.maxwell@hampshirechamber.co.uk

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