A TRADE fair and a competition for entrepreneurs were the highlights of a business week.
South Kesteven District Council held an Enterprise Week from September 10 to September 17.
More than 30 events took place across the district, including talks and practical workshops to help businesses build up essential skills and contacts.
On Friday last week the Best of Bourne trade fair took place at Bourne Corn Exchange.
A total of 25 businesses had stands at the fair, which was organised by the Bourne Business Chamber.
Firms at the fair included Crown Jewellery, The Angel Hotel and Buckles Solicitors.
The Orion Business Centre in Barn Hill, Stamford hosted various conferences through the week.
Director Andy McAnally said: “The week was excellent, we had 41 business using the training events during the week.
“It was a fantastic opportunity put on by the council and it was good that they spread it around the district.
“We are very hopeful it will happen again next year.”
Conferences also took place at Eventus in Sunderland Way, Market Deeping.
Topics included social media and marketing solutions.
The council held a contest for entrepreneurs, which attracted 22 entries and was won by a group called Cliché from Grantham.
The group received a prize package worth around £10,000, sponsored by a range of local organisations including the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Eventus and South Kesteven District Council.
The Orion Business Centre gave the group a year’s worth of virtual office space for free as part of their prize.
Portfolio holder for economic development at the district council, coun Frances Cartwright, said: “We were delighted with the response to the competition, which shows that there are many people in our district who want to make a go of their own business.”