THE Expo held at Azur at the Marina Pavilion in St. Leonards provided a great opportunity for businesses to connect with fellow tradespeople, consumers and Government.

A special live demonstration of Blockfit - a brand new nationwide exercise regime - was performed by its creator X Factor’s Chico Slimani.

He was famous for his one hit wonder Chico Time which made number one in the UK pop charts.

Special guests included Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP.

A presentation was given by real life entrepreneur and multi award-winning CEO of and Kevin Byrne.

He set up the consumer protection company from his bedroom 19 years ago.

It is now a top UK analysis and scrutinising business aimed at protecting the general public from rogue traders and cowboy builders.

The event also hosted a selection of exhibitors from corporate balloon displays to technical app development, giant flowers and beauty products to various trades such as electricians, plumbers, furniture restoration and carpets.

Mr Byrne said: It’s always a great pleasure to attend this event as it highlights the and branding.

“It emphasises our connection locally with trades, consumers and the community through ambassadors of”

Organiser Brett McLean said: “It’s important to give people the opportunity to engage with the Checka group of companies and to highlight the work of throughout East Sussex.

“It was a great event and we were, of course, delighted to introduce the Home Secretary to the ethos of what Checkatrade represents in the UK. “

Mr McLean said he plans to organise similar events in the future so that businesses can come together and engage.

He said: “I was very pleased how this day went.”