Royston Open Secrets returns after seven years of success

Nici Martin from So Gifted and Linda Turner from Linda Turner Interiors.

Nici Martin from So Gifted and Linda Turner from Linda Turner Interiors. - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire’s biggest networking event is set to return to Royston next Sunday.

Royston Open Secrets will showcase the work of hundreds of businesses and community groups at The Heath in Baldock Road.

The event attracted thousands of punters to its numerous stalls and activities last year.

Entrepreneur Linda Turner founded the event seven years ago. She said: “In 2008 I had a light bulb moment.

“I realised that in and around the town were businesses like mine that were either hidden from view because that was the nature of their business, or they simply didn’t have a shop front to operate from.

“Traditionally small businesses like us pay for an entry into an expo somewhere across the county, to showcase our products and expertise – but there was nothing based in Royston, dedicated to the Royston community.”

Linda initially set up the networking event in a small hotel, before relocating to The Heath.

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Now community groups and charities also have the chance to set up stalls.

Businesses are charged for the rent of a stand, to cover the cost of rent for the charities.

Last year 3,000 people attended the event, which included dance school displays, a classic car show, dog shows and plenty of events for all the family.

Royston Open Secrets is run as a not-for-profit event by local businesses.

Nicola Martin, of home, gardens and gifts business So Gifted, joined the organisation committee as secretary this year.

She said: “I love Royston Open Secrets – it’s great that it’s a non-profit event run by volunteers for the benefit of the whole town.

“I get to meet all Royston’s hidden businesses and the entrepreneurial people behind them in a fun and sociable way.

“I’m proud to be part of this creative business environment.”

This year looks set to be even bigger than previous years, with the Royston Modified Car Club taking part and new businesses coming on board.

To find out more information about the event, take a look at the website at