The long awaited return of Shout! back to the duties of face to face business events involved an exciting and welcome return to Preston Guild Hall on the 24 September hosting the Lancashire Business Expo 2021. The event welcomed over 1,000 delegates throughout the day and brought together over 100 exhibitors from across Lancashire and beyond. Having been postponed due to previous lockdowns, it was well received by the local business community who supported the event both as exhibitors and delegates.
The exhibitors crammed into both floors of the Guild Hall, and thanks to the exceptional organisation and support from the Shout! team enjoyed a busy day of networking and connecting with businesses across all sectors. During the day, the local NHS trust, along with local colleges and universities were joined by local businesses to demonstrate Lancashire is open for business. Many businesses demonstrated how they had grown in strength during the pandemic, offering their products and services to the local business community.
The expo was officially opened by Barrie Yates, chair of Lancashire County Council during an exhibitors breakfast shortly before the doors opened to the general public. Shout! Expo are currently in discussions with Preston City Council, the owners of Preston Guild Hall, to confirm dates for the 2022 Lancashire Business Expo which is likely to take place in March, returning to its pre-pandemic schedule.
The next expo planned by Shout! is the North West Business Expo 2021 held on 5 November (9am to 3pm) at Bolton Whites Hotel – should go off with a bang!