Exhibition stands at next year’s Cornwall Business Fair went on sale last month and more than half have already been sold, indicating the move to Truro School’s Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre has been well received.

The fair, which has a refreshed format for 2018, will be the centrepiece of Cornwall Business Week.

Kim Conchie, chief executive officer of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted with the momentum in stand sales we have already achieved. The exhibitors reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the business landscape in the county, ensuring there is something of interest for everyone at Cornwall Business Fair. "This, combined with a range of other events planned for the same week, means I’m already looking forward to a very busy and entertaining Cornwall Business Week 2018."

Another good reason to attend Cornwall Business Fair on April 18 was announced by PKF Francis Clark last week. Finance in Cornwall will be held on the same day at Truro School in the Burrell Theatre. Jason Mitchell, partner at PKF Francis Clark, said: “One of the comments made about Cornwall Business Week was it was too big a commitment on the owner managers time; specifically with Finance in Cornwall and Cornwall Business Fair being on consecutive days.

"We know time is precious and are delighted to bring these two cornerstone events together on the same day at the same site. I have now asked the team here, to work on tweaking the format of Finance in Cornwall 2018 to leverage the definite synergies between the events.”

Highlights for Cornwall Business Fair 2018 include: all exhibitors will be in one large fully-carpeted sports hall on the same level in a visitor-friendly grid system; easy access for set up and break down with ample visitor parking outside the exhibition hall; stand prices have been frozen at the 2017 rate and the exhibitor package has been made more comprehensive and enhanced to include power and spot lighting on all stands as well as an invitation to an 'end of fair’ celebration for exhibitors

There will also be a ticketed networking breakfast and late afternoon high tea with high profile speakers, but no lunchtime event. Instead, visitors will be able to buy light refreshments from a networking café situated in one corner of the exhibition hall itself, ensuring uninterrupted visitor footfall throughout the day.