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Speed dating event for businesses
Companies across Somerset are invited to start new business relationships at a speed-dating event with a difference organised by the county council.

The idea is to offer small suppliers an opportunity to woo some of the biggest names in the private and public sector at the Meet the Buyers day.

Firms will be encouraged to trade with each other, rather than look further afield to help boost the local economy.

Businesses will get 15 minutes to attempt to land a new contract.

Getting products seen

The small firms can request up to six of these appointments, while the big buyers have the opportunity to see 14 potential suppliers.

The Somerset Chamber of Commerce has arranged for representatives from more than a dozen of Somerset's major economic players - including the Defence Procurement Agency, British Nuclear Group (Hinkley Point), IBM and the Environment Agency - to attend the event.

Their buyers have set out services and products they need to source within the next 18 months, ranging from catering to website design to grounds maintenance.

Councillor Paul Buchanan said: "There are thousands of small firms in Somerset with great products and services to offer, but half the battle is getting them seen by the buyers who really matter.

"This event is a short cut to doing just that."

The event will take place at the Bridgwater Canalside Centre on 19 April 2007.

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