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Gloucestershire Business Show is hailed as a big success

Organisers of the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Show say they are delighted with the positive feedback from exhibitors and delegates at this year's two-day event at Cheltenham Racecourse.

As well as seminars, panels and workshops, attractions include zones presented by teams of experts, specialist hubs, business breakfasts and a black-tie after-show party featuring an auction that raised nearly £1,000 for charity partner the Piped Piper Appeal.

Rachel Jones, head of communications for GBS17, said exhibitors had already expressed an interest in signing up for space at next year's show.

"It has been a really good year for us at the show and everyone I've spoken to has told me they've had a really positive experience," she said.

"People have been telling us about the good time they've been having and the great relationships they're building.

"The programme has been very good and we've had some great speakers.

"In fact, just a few minutes ago, one exhibitor told me that if she could have the same stand next year they will sign up today, so people are committed to the experience.

"I think there's been a lot of engagement with the show and I think three years in, it has developed a reputation in the business calendar as a show to go to and people are already looking forward to next year.

"Nothing beats face-to-face communication, putting a face to the twitter handle, recognising the business you've been following on linkedin and talking to that person and having a conversation about how they might be able to help or work together.

"That's what a show like this does. It puts people together and that's why people love the Business Show and why it's flourishing.

"People can see that they're getting a return on investment in terms of time."

Punchline says that while there may have been fewer exhibitors and that footfall appeared to be down compared with last year, the feedback from everyone, including Punchline, was that the quality of visitors and the amount of business being done was very good.

The Punchline team would like to thank everyone who came to see us - it was great to meet so many of our readers.

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Picture: A TV crew from Points West interviewing exhibitors and delegates at this year's Gloucestershire Business Show

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