The success of Peterborough's
two-day EuroConnect business exchange event is growing fast with four weeks left
before it opens at the Moat House Hotel on 24 February.
In addition to the 14 nations which
will be sending official delegations, Malta and Bulgaria want to send
representatives for exploratory talks about new business opportunities which are
"Although Malta and Bulgaria
are not included among our priority targets, their enthusiasm to attend
demonstrates the potential for success embodied in the EuroConnect
formula," said Gloria Milne, chief executive of organiser Greater
Peterborough Investment Agency.
"We are now also seeing a
build-up in the number of visitors from throughout the UK and mainland Europe
who are confirming their intention of attending. Some of them have already
booked more than 10 meetings each with companies which they believe offer
potential for new business ventures."
EuroConnect is being organised under
the auspices of the European Union's Interprise programme which is designed to
stimulate small and medium sized companies to exploit new markets and trading
Under the well-tried and successful
formula 70 UK-based companies have had their details published in a catalogue
which has been circulated to participating countries and on a special website (www.peterborough.net/euroconnect).
Delegations of business people who
are interested in the opportunities being featured will visit EuroConnect for
exploratory talks with the host companies. Details of visitors are also being
published on the EuroConnect website so that further meetings can be arranged
with exhibitors and between visitors during the event.
Delegations will attend from
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the home nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland,
England and Wales.
More than 50 people from host
companies attended a training seminar at the Moat House Hotel last week
(Wednesday 26 January) arranged by GPIA to help them obtain best value from
"All the signs indicate we can
expect a very successful event with lots of new business being generated,"
said Mrs Milne.