Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

2015 business show is a hit with exhibitors and visitors alike

Great opportunities to meet clients and make contacts

Cornwall Business Show 2015 is being heralded a success after more than 1,000 visitors went through the doors in a single day.

The number of visitors equals the combined total of previous two-day event. Show managing director Andrew Weaver believes this endorses the decisions to move to the Royal Cornwall Showground and to make it a one-day show.

More than 100 companies exhibited at the show, making it the biggest business-to-business event on the Cornish calendar. There were also visitors from a wealth of different sectors making it diverse and inclusive on all accounts.

“The comments we have had so far have been very positive,” said Mr Weaver. “It is still early days, and we will be going carefully through the feedback from all our exhibitors over the coming weeks. At the end of the day it is the view of the exhibitors and visitors that really count. However, I’ve every reason to feel it was a success and well-received . We had a slight hiccup in the kitchen first thing in the morning, then after that everything went smoothly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that supported the event; including our sponsors, media partners, exhibitors, suppliers and attendees alike.”

Winner of the prize draw for all those who pre-registered to attend the event was Selma Klophaus, of Selma Klophaus Garden Design. Selma is the lucky winner of a two-night stay at the Budock Vean Hotel inclusive of a four-course dinner and full English breakfast, and also two luxury Made for Life Spa treatments and a Spiezia Organics hamper packed with organic skincare products. The prize includes full use of the Budock Vean facilities including golf course and swimming pool.

Mr Weaver also used the event to launch a crowdfunding campaign for its designated charity, Young People Cornwall, to help it raise the £2,000 needed to do essential refurbishments to its Roche centre. For more information or to contribute go to

Bill Martin, editor of the Western Morning News who are the events print media partner said: “That is a really good number of people to get at an event like this. Because of the location, you know that every one of them had a genuine reason for coming, which guarantees a good quality of visitor.

“There is little point in filling a venue if it is just with people coming for a nose and a goody bag – you want solid business leads, and I think Cornwall Business Show offered these.”

Tamsyn Harris is head of business for show sponsor, Truro and Penwith College. She said: “The Cornwall Business Show within its new venue had a great buzz throughout the day.

“For Truro and Penwith College it gave us the opportunity to meet with a broad range of our existing partners and also to meet new clients.

“We had great feedback to the seminars we ran and many businesses took advantage of the consultation sessions looking at their skills and training needs to help their businesses continue to thrive in the future.”

West End Motors Nissan used the show to launch its new Nissan Business Centre to Cornwall and the South West – it is one of only 63 in the country, out of a total 220 dealerships.

It was the first time the Bodmin-based dealership had exhibited at the show. Business centre manager James Holder said: “It was great to be able to meet a wide range of business owners and decision-makers during the day and we received some very positive feedback about our business centre status.

“We would like to think we can develop lasting relationships with the companies who made enquiries on the day and it was an invaluable way to get our message across to the region.”

The Cornwall Business Show was sponsored by Truro & Penwith College and Microcomms, and supported by media partners Pirate FM and Western Morning News.