Representatives from more than 350 businesses will descend on Farnborough as a business networking event is held there for the first time.

North Hampshire Means Business takes place on Thursday February 12 at the De Vere Village Hotel, in Pinehurst Road.

Supported by Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, the business-to-business exhibition will feature more than 60 exhibitors, workshops and free seminars to help provide new ideas, advice, education and imaginative ways to grow businesses.

Keynote speakers confirmed for the event include award-winning business coach and motivational speaker Ian Dickson, comedian speaker Jan Jack – who will discuss ways to use humour appropriately in business – and Jane Buswell, who will reveal the secrets of modern marketing.

Networking is a key feature of the exhibition, allowing company directors, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and company representatives to network and forge new relationships and develop leads.

Organised by Memo Events, exhibition specialists based in Hampshire, the organisers invite all businesses in the region to register to attend. Entry is free, and places can be booked by visiting www.northhantsmeansbusiness.co.uk.

Companies looking to promote their business, raise brand awareness, network for business and generate sales can contact event director Matthew Larcome, on 01256 838386, to discuss exhibiting at the event.

Mr Larcombe said: “North Hampshire Means Business was set up to help local businesses network with each other in the region. We are bringing together businesses from across the county and are working with local organisations to hold this networking event.”