Local businesses invited to attend Northumberland Trade Event

Buyers from the hospitality, retail, accommodation and general business sectors around the region are being invited to attend a major trade event, aimed at boosting the sale of locally made goods across the county and beyond.

Now in its 5th year,  Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer  will run alongside the Hexham Tourism Fair  at Hexham Mart on Thursday 15 March.

Meet the Maker  provides trade buyers and  businesses in the visitor economy, with a unique opportunity to explore hundreds of high quality, local-made goods at trade prices, and meet the creative talents behind them.  Customers today are looking for gift items that are a little bit different and this trade event provides buyers with a wide selection of unique local products which will add value to their retail offer.

In previous years, around 120 makers have showcased their wares  including local food and drink producers, artists and craft makers. They have met with over 180 buyers from   coffee shops and restaurants, specialist retailers, attractions, galleries and some major high street names, as well as hotels, bed and breakfasts and self-catering providers.  With so much business and networking taking place in previous years, the event is now a firmly established part of the tourism and hospitality calendar.

Northumberland County Council is joining forces with event organiser Local Living to help support and promote the day.

Councillor  Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for culture, arts, leisure said:

“ The event is part of our drive to help support local businesses. We want to spread the word about the fantastic, quality produce that Northumberland has to offer. By bringing local producers and regional buyers together to network for the day we hope to open up new business opportunities for them and extend the appeal of Northumberland made produce across the north east and beyond.”

As part of the event, Northumberland County Council officers will be on hand to provide details of the Produced in Northumberland scheme. This  offers valuable accreditation and support for food and drink goods and services which can be verified as being 100% produced in the county. Now entering its third year, the scheme already boasts over 70 business participants with many reporting significant interest and growth as visitors and residents seek out authentic high quality food and drink experiences.

For further information contact:
Dawn Goodwill-Evans, Meet the Maker Co-ordinator dcgevans@gmail.com -  tel 07963 497565
Philip Angier - philip@northtourismfair.co.uk   Tel: 07971162623
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