Businesses found themselves in the spotlight when more than 50 exhibitors gathered for the first event of its kind in Wyre.
The exhibition at the Marine Hall aimed to showcase the diversity of commerce in the borough and allow businesses to make contact with potential customers.
Exhibitors were from across a wide variety of business sectors from electronics, to food, marketing and business services and consultancy. The timetable allowed plenty of networking and new partnerships and contacts made at the event.
Exhibitors included Myerscough College, Marketing Lancashire, Blackpool and The Fylde College, The New Penny Grill, Links Signs & Graphics, Luxsun, Colossal Training, Lancaster University Management School, Magic House, Card Saver, Enticing Cakes, Fleetwood Town Football Club, Genting Casinos and Spa on the Breck.
Emma Ingle of YMCA said: “We have found the event very useful and a fantastic networking opportunity.
“We have made lots of new contacts and launched our new corporate packages for the Spa, bowling and gym. We have definitely generated business from this event.”
Business Support and Advice services were also at the event offering free advice to visitors and fellow exhibitors:
Among these were the Manufacturing Advisory Service, the Bay Business Centre and Enterprise Ventures.
The speakers on the day on Marketing topics were Kevin Donnelly of Digital Marketing Clarity and Ann Williamson.
Coun Peter Murphy the Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council said it had been a promising start for the new event in the Fylde coast business calendar.
He said: “I have spoken to most of the exhibitors here today and feedback has been very positive and complimentary. We will be considering any feedback received from the event and building an even bigger and better event for next year.”
Jane Littlewood, Chair of event organisers Wyred Up, said: “There was a very good atmosphere at the Expo event, there has been lots of networking and the event has gone really well.”