Menta Business Show

MENTA celebrates 10 years of their annual business exhibition. The Business Show has a refreshed format, bringing an energised atmosphere to the event…

The event will take place on Tuesday 2nd October at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds from 9am until 4.30pm.

In 2017 more than 600 visitors attended the event and this year there will be there will more than 70 innovative and creative businesses showcasing their products and services on the first-floor balcony at The Apex and in Charter Square.

It’s FREE to attend thanks to MENTA Patron and Sponsor, Atkins Thomson Solicitors, and is a great opportunity for visitors to network, meet potential new clients and suppliers. Goody bags will be given away on the day and will include a bottle from St Peter’s Brewery.

In The Apex auditorium there will be a series of events, which will include: –

Insight with Gerald Ratner AND NETWORKING BRUNCH – 10am-11.30am

Gerald Ratner took over as CEO of the family jewellery chain in the mid 1980’s, becoming one of Britain’s best-known businessmen.

He transformed it from 130 stores with sales of £13m, to a public company with 2,500 stores and sales of over £1.2bn.

Following a widely reported gaffe in which he compared his products to M&S prawn sandwiches, Gerald was forced to sell the business. Gerald will talk with typical candour about the rollercoaster journey and the valuable lessons learned.

Gerald Ratner’s talk will be followed by an invitation to the audience to join Gerald for a networking brunch on The Apex stage. The brunch canapes will be prepared and served by the catering and hospitality students from West Suffolk College.

Talking Heads – 1pm – 2pm

Broadcaster, Nick Pandolfi will be in conversation with Jesse Quin, bass guitarist of rock band, Keane and founder of the innovative Old Jet – an inspiring working environment for professionals working in the creative industries.

The building, at the ex U.S. Air Force base, Bentwaters, in Rendlesham is in an amazing location, surrounded by rusting fighter places, old aircraft hangers yet in the middle of beautiful Suffolk countryside.

He will be joined on the sofa by Jason Carter of HOAX the Suffolk clothing brand of which Ed Sheeran is the ambassador, the designer, Brie Harrison and Peter Hampel of new business, EdenLAB, who helped set up the Eden Project. They will discuss how to build a successful brand and an innovative business.

To book your free tickets to the MENTA Business Show, or purchase tickets to hear Gerald Ratner or attend Talking Heads visit or call MENTA on 01284 760206.