Business network at local trade day

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The first major trade event of its kind took place in Morpeth with businesses getting together to encourage the sale of local goods.

A total of 130 businesses were present at the Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer event, with local food and drink producers, artists, photographers, crafts people and musicians showcasing their wares to regional buyers.

The aim was to build strong business relationships with other entrepreneurs.

A number from south east Northumberland attended including Blyth illustrator Tracey Grundy, Deborah James from Ashington, who runs Cup Cakes Galore & More, James Tuck, a model maker from Sleekburn Business Centre, and Jennifer Wealleans of Jens Gems Jewellery, Cramlington.

The event, which took place across three venues in Morpeth, the Riverside Leisure Centre, Morpeth Town Hall and the Chantry, was organised by Northumberland County Council to support local businesses.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “There are a lot of talented businesses in Northumberland.

“This event raised their profile and made sure that buyers could see the fantastic local goods we make in the county.

“We hope it will help our businesses to grow and prosper in the future.

“We’ve had some great comments from both the makers and buyers who attended the event, and it’s clear that they will be doing more business together in the future.”

Around 290 buyers from well-known national retailers, some of the region’s top tourist attractions, along with a range of businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments took advantage of the networking opportunity the inaugural event provided them.