The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce staged its #CWRocks Business & Trade Expo at the Ricoh Arena, which attracted more than 500 companies to meet, network and do business.
The event, which was headline sponsored by CityFibre, saw the launch of the Chamber’s new Go For Growth: Trade Local campaign to encourage more firms across the area to trade with one another.
As well as opportunities to network, a series of Learning Labs were staged during the day to help inform companies on issues relating to the region and their business.
A Trade Local panel heard from procurement professionals at Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, LEVC and the Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust as well as from Jeremy Moore from the CWLEP Growth Hub.
Tracy Westall, who operates in a range of senior roles, and Sarah Perry, of sponsor and law firm Wright Hassall, gave inspirational speeches at the Women In Business Learning Lab before the final session with Coventry City of Culture Trust’s Creative Director Chenine Bhathena.
Chris Nagle, of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said #CWRocks had proved to be a success.
He said: “We had more people pre-register for the event than ever before and put on a fantastic range of Learning Labs so we were delighted with the response from businesses.
“It was the perfect setting for the launch of Go For Growth: Trade Local because it was a chance to showcase many hundreds of businesses in our region to one another and to learn of opportunities to trade with major organisations.
“As well as the hundreds of businesses at the event, many hundreds more watched live as we broadcast the Learning Labs over Facebook, which is a first for our #CWRocks Expo.”
Chris added: “Many of the businesses we spoke to at the end of the day said they’d met some great contacts and that they would potentially be doing business together, which is exactly what the event is all about.”
Coventry College, Health Matters, Brighter Productions, Wright Hassall and Advent Communications were also sponsors of the event.