That was the message from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce chairman Rod Calvert at the business support organisation’s annual Members’ Summer Reception.
Mr Calvert (left) encouraged members to make the most of opportunities to grow and expand their businesses and urged them not to be discouraged by negative media stories.
There was an optimistic atmosphere at the reception, hosted by Wrest Park Enterprise Centre and sponsored by Ampthill-based Lockheed Martin UK.
Chamber members were busy finding out why Chamber membership can help businesses become well connected, networking and enjoying a delicious buffet. A mini-exhibition added to the buzz where members promoted a diverse range of businesses, from equine photography to leisure cruising.
Chamber board member Keren Wilkins, sub contract director at Lockheed Martin, said: “The Members’ Summer Reception shows how motivated local businesses are to grow and prosper.
"There’s a great deal to be positive about in our local economy. Lockheed Martin UK is growing and uses local suppliers where possible. The recent Bedfordshire Limited report from Grant Thornton revealed that progress is really strong in Bedfordshire in sectors such as technology, automotive, aviation and logistics."