The Bat & Ball Centre was extremely busy when the Sevenoaks Business Show took place on Friday 14th October. Not only were all the exhibition stands sold out, but throughout the event there was a strong flow of visitors and from all accounts the outcome was very positive.
The Show was opened by the Sevenoaks Town Team patron, Laura Trott MBE MP, who gave a good account of how the Government has been helping businesses through the problems brought about by Covid and now the energy crisis. She also dedicated herself to supporting Sevenoaks businesses and the Town Team.
During the day there were two further speakers, and both were rewarded with a near silent hall as everyone wanted to hear about their subjects. Tom Simmonds of Gretel explained how the public can make an easy search for lost money in forgotten bank accounts, pensions, shares etc while new in post, Sevenoaks & Swanley District Commander, Ch Insp Elizabeth Jones talked about policing with special reference to business. Ch Insp Jones said: “Sevenoaks already enjoys one of the lowest rates of business crime and I will be working to reduce that further. I want to concentrate on serious and serial shop lifting cases which justify the substantial investment in court proceedings.”
Sevenoaks Town Team which puts on the Show and Chairman Andrew Eyre is very upbeat. “It is a great achievement that so many Sevenoaks businesses have survived the commercial impacts of the pandemic and are beginning to flourish into the future. All successful towns have commercial turnover and Sevenoaks is no different. What marks Sevenoaks out is the stream of new businesses seeing opportunity to set up and go on to be successful here. We were delighted to see such a wide cross section at the Show. I would also like to express my thanks to the sponsors whose contributions make the event into one of the centrepieces of the local business calendar.”