Business Festival 2016 was a timely opportunity to bring Businesses together to discuss future!
St Albans Business Festival provided a timely opportunity for businesses to discuss the future
With the UK political parties in turmoil, a volatile stock market and huge levels of uncertainty in the country the 2nd St Albans Business Festival which took place last week provided the perfect opportunity for local businesses to get together and discuss their futures in the world post Brexit.
The week opened with the Herts Expo where businesses from across Hertfordshire came together at the Albans Arena to showcase the services on offer to companies in the St Albans and Harpenden area. The networking continued at a Speed Networking event and at the Hot Yoga Business Buzz. There was plenty of good old fashioned rivalry when 14 teams took part in the St Albans Business Quiz – the team from DPI were crowned winners on the night, the quiz was held in aid of local charity Earthworks.
St Albans had one of the highest turnouts in the referendum in the country with the vast majority voting to Remain. Local businesses got the opportunity to question Ed Vaizey MP the Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Business and Innovations at the finale lunch held at Sopwell House. Ed Vaizey MP commented that this referendum proves that “politics matters and we must seize the opportunities and must respect how the UK voted. Certainty is the watch word for business”
The Business Festival was organised by Lisa Bates from the Chamber who said, “The week was a hugely successful with over 150 businesses attending the events with many new representatives joining in.”
Lisa went on to say “The finale lunch was a huge success and we were extremely grateful for Ed Vaizey MP stepping in at short notice to replace Sajid Javid MP who was called away due to the ongoing issues facing Tata Steel. Ed engaged in an open question and answer discussion and mingled with delegates after the lunch and was able to provide the assembled audience with a timely update from Westminster”