Mid and East Antrim Council is celebrating three successful ‘Meet the Buyer’ events which have been held across the borough.
The initiatives, managed by consultancy firm Ingenuity, gave small businesses an opportunity to pitch their products and services to buyers from the private sector, public sector and central government organisations.
Almost 170 unique supplier organisations and 20 buyers made themselves available for meetings and consultation with businesses in Larne, Carrick and Ballymena,
According to LEDCOM, an impressive £102,000 worth of business has already been secured by businesses attending the events, with another £85,000 expected further revenue. This figure is likely to be extended when a further follow up survey is done in September.
Mayor of MEA borough, Councillor Billy Ashe said: “These Meet the Buyer events have exceeded our expectations in terms of number of businesses attending and the amount of new business secured.
“At a time when the area has been faced with several commercial challenges, it is very encouraging that council has been able to help small businesses to make new business contacts, achieve additional sales and increase their prospects of being successful. I congratulate all the businesses who attended and thank all the major suppliers for providing opportunities for local entrepreneurs.”
The events have also been praised by the buyers and sellers who attended, with David Beatty of Rainbow Communications stating: “We were delighted by the quality of businesses looking to work with our company and I’m sure that some of the relationships that we have started will go on to be fruitful for both parties.”
Colin Logan of 9Yards Property Ltd added: “We were delighted to have the opportunity of attending the events hosted by Mid and East Antrim Council. The range of buyers was excellent and the events were very well organised.
“It’s refreshing to get such tangible support from local government and we’re hoping to see more of these proactive economic development opportunities for local businesses as the new council structures bed in. We have already been working on strong leads and proposals with potential clients as a direct result of these events.”