A NEW initiative to promote a range of businesses in Northumberland has been hailed a big success.
Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer, the first major trade event of its kind in the county, recently took place across three venues in Morpeth – the Riverside Leisure Centre, Morpeth Town Hall and the Chantry.
A total of 130 businesses were present, with local food and drink producers, artists, photographers, crafts people and musicians all in attendance.
Showcasing their wares to regional buyers, they were also seeking to build strong business relationships with other entrepreneurs at the county council-organised event that was devised to give a fresh boost to Northumberland’s economy in these sectors.
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 North East’s top tourist attractions such as Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Beamish Museum and Durham Cathedral, and a range of businesses including restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and bed and breakfasts took advantage of the networking opportunity the event provided.