On Wednesday 17th May Chris and I headed to Bristol for the South West Business Showcase at Ashton Gate.
Since the last showcase in October 2016, the South West Business Showcase has become the largest business networking event in the South West - completely free to attend too.
Chris and I were two of over 2,500 visitors attending on Wednesday to take advantage of the day-long networking event, which is now celebrating its fourth year in business.
The day kicked off early with Breakfast Networking which would certainly set you up for the day. The venue, once inside, was a lot bigger than expected so we spent a few hours exploring the floor after a quick coffee to see who we could find. The morning was spent catching up with contacts, pursuing new business relationships and exchanging useful information. Dipping in and our of some of the key-note speakers presentations too as we made our way through the venue!
The key-note speakers were impressive. They included the youngest and most successful winner of Dragon’s Den – Jordan Daykin, the 2014 Winner of The Apprentice – Mark Wright and MD of Trinity Mirror South West, Sarah Pullen.
It was soon time for our first Workshop of the day which was held by Shooting Star PR's Account Director, Sarah-Jane Feni. Sarah did a superb presentation on ''Making PR count''. Coming from a PR background myself it was really interesting to hear Sarah's tips and tricks on getting the best possible ROI from our PR efforts. I'm looking forward to implementing some of these in due course.
It was a shame to miss out on the Workshop from Google on how to leverage Social Media for Business. It was a free-ticketed event but the tickets sold out so quickly - hopefully there will be more of an opportunity to grab tickets next time as the feedback on this particular workshop was fantastic.
It was a very well organized event, made better by the free shuttle run to and from the visitor carparks - despite the all day down pour 😉 Anyway, it's time for event follow-ups now, and to plan our next Networking mission!