The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s flagship event for business-to-business networking is now less than a month away. More than 50 businesses will be exhibiting at Expo 2021, sponsored by WightFibre, held at the Lakeside Park Hotel in Wootton on Wednesday 22 September. The one-day event is open to the public and business people from any sector are being encouraged to drop in to Expo between 10am and 4pm to make new contacts and catch up with existing customers and clients.

“Expo has always been a big part of the Chamber’s year but this time it feels particularly significant,” explains IW Chamber Chief Executive Steven Holbrook. “Expo is always the biggest day for business-to-business networking, with hundreds of attendees. This year’s event will be the first time that many businesses will have met face-to-face since the pandemic hit. Virtual and hybrid working has been productive in many ways but business thrives on networking and face-to-face meetings are a huge part of that. I’m really looking forward to seeing businesses get together again.

“Expo is run by the IW Chamber but it’s open to absolutely everybody. It’s free to drop in and you don’t have to be a member of the Chamber. The whole purpose of the day is to provide a forum for businesses to exhibit and network informally. If you’re a business person on the Isle of Wight, come and say hi to lots of other Island businesses.”

Expo 2021 is sponsored once again by WightFibre. Expo attendees will be able to hop on board the WightFibre mobile store to talk to the team and learn more about the Gigabit Island and the benefits for businesses.

“WightFibre is proud to be headline sponsor of the Chamber’s Business Expo once again,” says WightFibre’s Chief Executive John Irvine. “It will be our first major business networking event in 18 months and we’re looking forward to re-engaging with the business community face to face. We’ll be bringing the WightFibre Mobile Store, taking pride of place outside the Lakeside Park Hotel, so hop on and speak to the team about our Gigabit Island project and how our full-fibre, ultrafast and future-proof broadband can help your business to grow.”

Expo offers a highly effective way to network with a wide range of businesses of different sizes and sectors.

The list of exhibiting businesses includes:

Alex Tana Coaching, All Things Printed, Amey, AVO Marine Systems, Betapak , Biffa Waste Services, Brightbulb Design ltd, Churchers Solicitors, DataSwift IT & Networks, Diametric Technical Ltd, Education Destination, EV Express, Fortis Energy, Four Point Digital, Good Skills Training Isle of Wight, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Hillbans Pest Control, Hovertravel, HTP Apprenticeship College, IDML, Island Roasted, Isle Access, Isle of Wight Council Regeneration, Isle of Wight County Press, Isle of Wight Distillery, Isle of Wight Lottery, Isle of Wight Observer, L&M Plus Consulting Limited, Lawdit Solicitors Limited, MedTec Design Services, Meridian 3, Moore (South) LLP, Nosy Marketing, PC Consultants, Red Funnel, Roach Pittis Solicitors, Robin Crossley Photographer, Seetec Pluss, Solent LEP, Spyder, The Island Tea & Coffee Co., Isle of Wight College and CECAMM, The Tomato Stall, Top Mops, Vehicle Consulting, Wheeler and Lai Chartered Surveyors, Wight Computers, Wight Crystal, WightFibre, Wightlink, WP Recruitment & HR Ltd and WRS Systems.

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