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Huge success of Gatwick Diamond’s ‘Meet the Buyers’ leads to 2018 return

Last year 128 local businesses and 21 big businesses took part in over 500 formal meetings and many more informal ones too.

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Following the success of the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers event in 2017, plans are well under way for the Meet the Buyers Programme 2018, with the main event on 21st November 2018 at the Arora Hotel.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said:

“The 2017 Programme has generated in the region of £700,000 in orders placed or planned from suppliers, with an average spend of around £5,000.  Furthermore, one of our Buyers has added every one of the suppliers they have met to their tender list, so who knows how much more could be generated?”

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The 2018 Programme will deliver Free Workshops for businesses across the region to learn how to grow their business with topics including (but not limited to):

  • Breaking New Markets in a Post-Brexit Britain
  • Digital & Social Media Marketing
  • Effective Sales Processes and Practices
  • Networking for Real Business Growth
  • Presentation & Public Speaking Skills
  • Using Innovation and Sustainability in your Business

Rosemary continued:

“The Free Workshops are a key part of any business journey in engaging with new Buyers.   Alongside being in the room on the 21st November to meet Buyers, Suppliers need to develop their skills as well as make sure they follow up with those they have met.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“After the success of the 2017 Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme, I would urge all suppliers to sign up to the 2018 programme to benefit from the range of expertise on offer as well as use the opportunity to network and build your client base.”

Alison Addy, Head of Gatwick Airport Community Engagement, said:

“We’ve been partners with the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers since 2002, and are pleased to see the programme developing from strength to strength. Gatwick is a major economic driver for the SouthEast region and we are committed to working with our partners to support a strong local supply chain, while also boosting local business opportunities.”

For 2018 there will be an on-line matching service which will allow Buyers to state their needs and Suppliers to put forward the products and services they can provide.  Buyers will then select appointments with potential Suppliers that match their needs.

Further information can be found at www.GatwickDiamondMeettheBuyers.com or call 01293 813889

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The Employ Crawley jobs fair returns for its second year

The Employ Crawley jobs fair is back for another year, offering residents the chance to find out more about local vacancies and take part in workshops.

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The event is open to all ages and takes place in Crawley Library from 10.30am until 4.30pm on 5 March.

Come along and meet with a wide range of local employers from various industries including retail, hospitality, driving, finance, and social care and airport services.

This is a great opportunity to speak directly with the employers about their vacancies, what they expect from candidates and their companies.

Find out how you can become part of the Gatwick family with an introduction to their free, four-week Gatwick One Destination Employability Course at 11.30am.

The Employ Crawley Team will also be on hand to offer help and advice to those looking for local jobs and advice on local training opportunities.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “Our first jobs fair was incredibly successful so I am delighted we are hosting another one this year.

“This event is a great opportunity for those looking for a career change, new employment or training opportunities. Our friendly Employ Crawley Team will be on hand to offer help and advice.”

For more information about Employ Crawley, visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/employcrawley

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