Companies from across Northamptonshire attended an international business exhibition attended by shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna MP.
The Business Expo 3.0 event, supported by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), was organised to enable more than 1,000 businesses from across the world to meet, network, exchange details and do business.
After the main event, which was held in Milton Keynes, a host of VIPs, including the shadow business secretary and SEMLEP chairman Ann Limb, joined a panel to answer questions about how to help the region’s business sector thrive, grow and win new markets.
Also on the panel were Iain Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool, Lord Parry Mitchell, opposition spokesman in the House of Lords, and Phil Smith, chairman of MK Business Leaders.
Mr Umunna, who is an employment lawyer, said: “It is important to boast about the innovative, dynamic companies we have in this region and for companies to network peer to peer, so that they can work together and tackle common problems. There will be a lot of dynamic businesses here that people don’t know about.”