I was pleasantly surprised by the buzz surrounding the Meet the Buyer event at Stalybridge Civic Hall on Tuesday. Walking round the numerous stalls of local companies there was a real sense of positivism for an event that was set up by the council to showcase the best of Tameside’s businesses.
Every where I turned conversations were taking place between firms and visitors which hopefully means loads of business taking place and deals being done. It reminded me that even in this recession there’s still a huge amount of work going on in Tameside.
We’re not going to sit idly by and let things slip; we want to engage with our residents and businesses and move forward together. That’s what I’m hoping visitors and businesses will have taken away from the event.
I was interviewed by Tameside Radio, who set up a mini studio at the event, and was asked about what we are doing to help businesses in the borough. The simple answer I gave was that we are all about thinking smarter. This recession is affecting us all, there’s no denying that, but if we can continue down this road with events such as this and our Tameside Works First initiative we’ll be better placed than most to tackle it and come though the other side in a strong position.