Warwickshire suppliers to showcase their services at exhibition event - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire suppliers to showcase their services at exhibition event

Leamington Editorial 7th Apr, 2023   0

A TRIO of leading regional organisations have joined forces to provide support and advice to businesses that supply the tourism, leisure, hospitality and events industry.

Destination Coventry, Shakespeare’s England and Warwickshire County Council have partnered to help suppliers get in front of venues, attractions and event professionals from across the region.

An exhibition has been organised for suppliers to showcase their services and the event will also provide expert insight into how local businesses can gain a foothold in the tourism, leisure and hospitality market.

Led by Destination Coventry, the inaugural Coventry & Warwickshire Meet the Supplier Event will take place at Stratford Racecourse on Thursday April 27 to highlight the region’s very best suppliers to the industry.

It is expected to attract many businesses from local food and drink providers and producers, to tourism and events industry suppliers, as well as marketing professionals, buyers and decision makers from hotels, attractions and venues across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The event will also feature two panel discussions, which will seek to encourage attendees to source from local suppliers and provide advice for exhibitors on how to become a preferred supplier to a hospitality business.

The first panel – titled ‘Sourcing local, why?’ – will see panellists from hospitality organisations and venues provide insight into how they have used local suppliers, the benefits that this has brought to their business and the impact using local suppliers has on the local economy.

And the second panel session of the day will provide advice for suppliers on working with procurement teams, as well as key factors to consider such as industry standards, quality control and supply and demand, and also how organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, local authorities and destination management organisations can help suppliers to meet buyers.

Helen Peters, chief executive at Shakespeare’s England, said: “Many tourism businesses are now surging back towards pre-pandemic levels of trade, and now is the ideal time for suppliers to this sector to explore how they can support hotels, restaurants and attractions as they gear up for a bumper summer of trade.

“Business and organisations need to be working collaboratively to help our wider region to fulfil its potential – as is the case with Shakespeare’s England, Destination Coventry and Warwickshire County Council – and we are hoping this is replicated in the wider business community over the coming months.”

The Coventry & Warwickshire Meet the Supplier event will run from 10am to 3pm.

It is free to attend and free to exhibit for Destination Coventry and Shakespeare’s England members. Local suppliers can also exhibit for a fee of £75+VAT.

For more information visit www.trybooking.co.uk/CGVJ

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