More than 600 people have attended an annual exhibition as part of Leicester Business Festival.
The Leicestershire Business Expo, which is in its 10th year and run by Hi2Events, attracted around 650 people to the Leicester Tigers stadium on Thursday.
A total of 106 businesses and organisations showcased at the event including Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire-based solicitors EHL and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
The event also staged several seminars by the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub and the LLEP, and two ask the expert sessions by businesses such as Newby Castleman and Haines Watts.
Elaine Vandelli, managing director of Hi2Events, said despite 550 people registering to attend, she saw many more arrive during the day.
She said: “The event went very well. This is our fourth year at Tigers and the exhibitors seem very happy to be here.
“There are quite a few businesses that come back each year, for example, EHL, Bray & Bray, FSB, and Chamber of Commerce
“I would say at least 40 per cent of people here have been coming here year on year.
“There are a couple of businesses here from outside of Leicestershire as well.”
David Eary, managing director of IT support company, EDC Support, in Lutterworth, said: “The event went really well. We had a really steady flow of people which is what we wanted to achieve.
“We’re members of the FSB and they offered us a stand which we decided to take as we’ve never showcased at an event like this before in Leicester.
“We thought we’d give it a go and we’re very happy that we did.
David Orton, sales representative for Stanair in Rugby
“I think events like these are great as we’re putting Leicester back on the map.
“They’re great for networking, getting exposure and we’re meeting lots of other businesses from different industries.”
He said: “We’re here as we do a lot of work with companies that are based in Leicester and I’m based all around the Midlands but I’m in Leicester quite a lot throughout the year.
“It’s a great opportunity to network with people and get to know other businesses in the area.”