Successful showcase event in Weston

The Weston Showcase has been hailed a success.

The event took place last week at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare and over 200 businesses, financial institutions, commercial organisations and business support organisations were there to find out more about the employment land that’s ‘ready to go’, as well as the town centre investments that are taking place.

Adrian Simcox from Insider magazine commented: “As the organiser of the debate and media partner, Insider was absolutely delighted to be at the centre of this important gathering. When you consider the historic scale of opportunity in Weston it is not surprising that it was over-subscribed within weeks of the pre-marketing going live.

“We can’t wait to see the extensive coverage in the April issue of Insider. We are confident that it will capture the scintillating content and positive atmosphere of one of the best events that Insider has ever hosted in the South West.”

The feedback from exhibitors and attendees alike has also been extremely positive. Ben Trickey of Summerfield Developments (SW) Ltd said: “It was an excellent and well worthwhile event that brought together the business community of Weston-super-Mare and the wider region.”

A number of the exhibitors (including Express Park, Dowlas UK Ltd, Midas, Summerfield Developments, Abbey Manor Group, McLaren Life and Leisuredome), have reported high levels of interest in their schemes and a number of them have received active enquiries and potential tenants as a result of being present at the showcase.

Feedback from the bus tours around the enterprise area/key employment sites included this from Oli Ballard of the Ascot Group:  ”This was an excellent event. There are so many exciting developments and plans happening around Weston and North Somerset and the debate, exhibitions and coach trip around the Junction 21 Enterprise Area provided the perfect platform to find out more about these developments and the positive impact they will have.”

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economic development said it was really encouraging to see the number of delegates at the event and all the business displays showing the opportunities available.

He said: “It’s really positive to hear all the comments coming back about this event we’ve staged. It has really helped us get the message out that there’s never been a better time to locate or expand your business in Weston. We’ve got great communication links and a skilled workforce. We’ve recently announced multi-million pound improvements to the road network around junction 21 of the M5 and there is development land available with planning permission.”

Further information about the commercial developments coming forward in Weston and the Junction 21 Enterprise Area/key employment sites can be found by visiting

The ‘Weston – ready to go’ promotional brochure can be downloaded at or a hard copy can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or calling 01934 426 266.