Putteridge Bury doubled for the original warehouse location on Tuesday when local entrepreneurs pitched their wares – Dragons’ Den style – to public sector buyers from Luton Borough Council.
The council has a monthly budget of more than £20 million to spend on trades, goods and other services. But it can be difficult for small businesses to get access to key decision makers.
Head of business and consumer services Laura Chuch said: “This is a great opportunity to encourage public sector organisations to facilitate a ‘buy local’ culture and support business growth.”
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group buyer Rod White agreed: “I was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion people have for their products and services. It’s great that an event like this can give an in-road to the public sector.”
Dyno Locks boss Jon Spellen welcomed the opportunity and said: “It has been useful for networking too.”
Mick Driver of DriverBuilders added: “Things like Meet the Buyer are great to keep small businesses in the loop.
“It can be hard to meet the right people as most times you can’t even get through the door.”