Horsham Microbiz is taking place at the Drill Hall in Denne Road, Horsham today (Saturday March 8) between 10am and 4pm.
Microbiz has provided a platform for more than 400 local businesses that have exhibited over the last 12 years, with the vast majority of them small but extremely successful.
Not only that, thousands of visitors starting or thinking of starting up a business have attended taking advantage of the advice and fantastic networking opportunities that Microbiz provides every year.
Warren Marsh of War-Lock Locksmiths and Security is exhibiting at Microbiz for the first time.
Warren said: “Having visited the last few Microbiz events I thought if ever given the opportunity to have a stand I would certainly take up the offer as Microbiz provides a relatively informal way of promoting your business to other like minded companies.
“My expectations of the show are fairly open minded to be honest, you can’t expect to seal a multi-million pound deal on the first meeting.
“However developing new business relationships that could lead on to big things is the name of the game.”
Another ‘rookie’ to Microbiz this year is Mark Bridger, whose company Bridger Howes, a media and marketing company, may be a relative newcomer to the local business community but Mark and his partner Richard Howes are both experienced in city business.
Mark said: “We heard about the show through a local supplier who had attended a previous event and told us how productive it was. We are always enthused by a recommendation from a fellow local business.
“We passionately believe in marketing and face-to-face promotion, intimate and successful trade shows like this facilitate that activity.”
The owner of Kangarooz, a display systems company, Roo Ball went to the very first Microbiz but has never exhibited.
However, a change in personal circumstances has encouraged him to show for the first time this year.
He said: “I originally heard about Microbiz about 12 years ago in a local publication and went along out of curiosity, thinking I would take part if I ever started my own company, which I did just over a year ago.
“The Horsham District has a diverse range of industry and Microbiz gives a great opportunity to see what’s available under one roof.”