Time for buyers to Meet The Maker

Sarah Farooqi   and Don Williams with Tourist Information Assistant Rachel Williamson (centre).
Sarah Farooqi and Don Williams with Tourist Information Assistant Rachel Williamson (centre).

MORE than 300 delegates will be descending on Morpeth for an inaugural business to business trade event.

Meet The Maker, Meet The Buyer has been organised by Northumberland County Council as part of a drive to support local businesses.

It aims to give a platform to various ‘makers’, from food and drink producers and artists to music makers, to sell to buyers such as cafes, galleries, gift shops, tourist attractions, specialist retailers, hotels, B&Bs and tourist information centres.

Stalls will be set up in three venues in Morpeth town centre — the Chantry, Town Hall and Riverside Leisure Centre.

Council Policy Board Member for Community Infrastructure Val Tyler said: “The event is the first of its kind in Northumberland.

“It will help businesses to promote their products and services to local and regional buyers.”

Northumberland Senior Business Development Manager for Tourism Dawn Goodwill-Evans said: “We know that visitors to the area do really like locally-made products. It is something we are asked about all the time. If you have a self-catering cottage, for example, you might want to put locally-made soap in the bathrooms. That is the sort of thing this event will enable you to do. It is about an exchange between makers and buyers.”

Businesses in Morpeth have been urged to offer discount vouchers to delegates to promote their own services.

The event takes place on Tuesday, February 25, from 10am to 4pm. Tables cost £20 for makers and entry is free for buyers, available through http:bit.ly/MadeinNland

For information visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/MiNevent