More than 100 people attended the inaugural Sudbury Business Expo held at Thomas Gainsborough School recently, opened by South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge.
Mr Cartlidge praised small businesses and said there was no better time for people to start their own company.
He said: “These kinds of events provide a precious networking resource for local enterprise which cannot be underestimated.”
Organised by business marketing website thebestof Sudbury, owner Penny Wilby said the speed networking event proved popular and over-subscribed.
Talks from three guest speakers were also well-attended. They included Keith Grinstead, who gave tips on how to make the most of the social media platform LinkedIn, and Richard Glinn, business growth adviser for West Suffolk from New Anglia Growth Hub.
“Sudbury is a small town with a passionate business community,” said Mrs Wilby. “I believe it is important to bring businesses, large and small, old and new, together to forge partnerships, share knowledge and grow their businesses.”
The event was opened an hour earlier for school students. Kenny Alexander, Thomas Gainsborough Sixth Form director, added: “The opportunity for our students to network with local and national businesses gives them a real insight into potential career pathways.”