Brexit a hot business topic

Television presenter and motoring journalist, Quentin Willson, spoke about the advantages electric vehicles had over conventional petrol and diesel cars. He is pictured with a Renault Electric Zoe car at Stratford College where the business show was staged. Photo by Mark Williamson

“BREXIT – there’s so much uncertainty. The sooner a deal is struck, the better.” The words of Jonathan Smith, organiser of Stratford Business Show expressing his thoughts at the show’s tenth anniversary gathering last Wednesday.

The show changed venues this year and moved from its usual location – Stratford ArtsHouse – to Stratford College, where 80 exhibitors booked trade stands in two different halls on the campus site.

Speaking to the Herald at the show Mr Smith said he was very pleased with the turnout and how the concept of the show enabled local business people to make new contacts and network with existing ones.

But the prospect of next year’s Brexit was never far from conversation and while many local business continue to do well in tough economic times, there remains a great deal that remains unknown, according to Mr Smith.

Quentin Willson was one of the guest speakers at this year’s show and took the opportunity to help broaden people’s experience of electric vehicles.

They appear to be the future as conventional petrol and diesel cars face tougher regulation in town and city centres.

The show offered local businesses the opportunity to network and swap ideas in a relaxed and informative environment at a time when the world of business continues to change at some pace.

Exhibitors enjoyed making new contacts face-to-face or over a coffee in the college café.