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27th July 2016

{ Menta Trade Fair Launches Business Festival }

Rob Dellow of Atkins Thomson said, “It is with the greatest of pleasure that Atkins Thomson can announce that we will be sponsoring the 2016 Menta Trade Fair.  This is the 8th consecutive year that we have sponsored the event and we are delighted to continue our support of this wonderful day.

“The exhibition goes from strength to strength, year upon year and I can’t wait to see which businesses will be represented come September.


“It’s a unique opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs from this region to come together and celebrate their business, their passion, their work.  I am constantly surprised and impressed by what I see on the day, whether it’s a new businesses that perhaps I had previously never heard of, or reconnecting with people I have met in previous years.”


The Trade Fair  will have over 100 exhibitors including established companies, digital businesses and new start-ups will launch the region’s eleven day Business Festival and commences with a free networking event, Brunch Means Business from 11am. 


The keynote speaker will be Robert Hughes, who has been managing director of Suffolk based family owned Hughes Electrical for 18 years. Hughes Electrical is a multi-channel retailer selling, renting and servicing domestic and commercial electrical appliances. Mr. Hughes, whose company employs 900 people from 50 locations, principally in East Anglia and has an annual turnover in excess of £110m will be speaking on ‘Profit – why all profit is not equal’. 


The Brunch is being supported by Invest in Suffolk and the catering students from West Suffolk College will be creating and serving the refreshments. EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices will be on hand to accept donations.


Alex Till, chief executive of Menta said, “We’re honoured to have Robert Hughes as our speaker and always keep in mind that Menta is all about supporting smaller businesses. We continue to maintain the low cost to our exhibitors to ensure an inclusive event but this could not be achieved without the tremendous support from our sponsor, Atkins Thomson.


“The build-up to this year’s Menta Trade Fair is well underway with over 80% of stands already sold, and recently I met with businesses at The Apex to formally launch the event.


“This year we’re expecting over 600 visitors to the Menta Trade Fair, goody bags will be given away and we’ve extended the day by introducing Brunch Means Business with the intention of providing businesses with an even better opportunity to showcase their products and services. I’m looking forward to a great day, celebrating what’s best about business”.


Full details, including booking information can be found on the Menta website, or contact or call 01284 760206

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