Sep 2017

Business Connections, Canapes and Jazz Classics to Celebrate the MENTA Trade Fair

Businesses are invited to a free relaxed and informal drinks reception, held against the background sound of tinkling ivories, to celebrate the 9th MENTA Trade Fair and the launch of the Business Festival.

The event will be held on Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds.  Delicious canapes, created and served by students of the West Suffolk College Catering and Hospitality Course, and a pianist playing some jazz classics, will add to the occasion.

The event is sponsored by Signpost 2 Grow; the business signposting service that helps connect business with the help, support and funding they need to grow, created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP).

Laura Welham-Halstead, Head of Communications and Connectivity at GCGP LEP said:

Signpost 2 Grow gives local businesses access to a wide range of business support, advice, grants and events and we’re delighted to be the sponsor of MENTA’s drinks reception.  

Gregg Cooper from Beer & Co, a businesses who has benefitted from MENTA’s Expert Connections service will be interviewed by broadcaster, Nick Pandolfi to give an insight into how it has helped him to make better use of opportunities to expand.

“It will be the perfect place to network, catch up with colleagues and meet new business contacts in a relaxed environment.  It will also provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn about the support that Signpost 2 Grow can offer.”

Alex Till, CEO of MENTA said, “It is great news that Signpost 2 Grow is supporting the business community, through sponsoring the drinks reception.  There has never been a more important time for businesses to seek advice and gain information to help them develop.  Our Expert Connections service links ambitious businesses with experts; who are Suffolk Institute of Director members, and give their time and expertise, free of charge.

“We are a conduit, making the introductions to Expert Connections and the drinks reception is a fantastic opportunity for business and company owners to find out more.”

The MENTA Trade Fair and drinks reception opens the West Suffolk Business Festival and attracts more than 600 business visitors and 100 exhibitors.

To book your free tickets for the drinks reception or the Trade Fair visit: and go to the events page.



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