Local producers boost profile at trade event

Colin Smurthwaite of Heatherslaw Bakery

Colin Smurthwaite of Heatherslaw Bakery

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A range of businesses from north Northumberland attended a ‘Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer’ event aimed at boosting local produce.

It was the first major trade event of its kind in Northumberland, providing new opportunities for local businesses.

Around 130 businesses were present, including local food and drink producers, artists, photographers, crafts people and musicians.

Showcasing their wares to some 290 buyers, including Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, they were also seeking to build strong business relationships with other entrepreneurs.

The event, held in Morpeth, was organised by Northumberland County Council as part of its drive to support local businesses.

Councillor 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.”

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