Ex­hi­bi­tion is ideal plat­form for firms

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

PRO­MOTE your busi­ness and beat the eco­nomic down­turn – that is the mes­sage from Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Their 23rd an­nual Busi­ness to Busi­ness Ex­hi­bi­tion will take place as usual at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day, June 24.

Orig­i­nally cre­ated as an in­for­mal gath­er­ing at the re­quest of cham­ber mem­bers in or­der to pro­mote their ser­vices and prod­ucts to each other, it has be­come one of the premier busi­ness events in Kent and at­tracts ex­hibitors from through­out the county and be­yond.

Ex­hibitors en­com­pass a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties and not just those that are im­me­di­ately as­so­ci­ated with com­merce.

As well as the fa­mil­iar ser­vices to com­merce and in­dus­try like busi­ness ser­vices, re­cruit­ment, train­ing and of­fice sup­plies, there are plenty that cover a much wider field.

Ex­am­ples at past ex­hi­bi­tions have been wildlife con­sul­tants, sav­ing Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral, a ma­gi­cian, hot air bal­loons, lifeboats, and driv­ing from go karts to Land Rovers.

With more than 1,000 vis­i­tors ex­pected, the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties are im­mense, and net­work­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties pro­vided make it one of the ma­jor busi­ness events of the South East’s cal­en­dar. In past years deals have been ne­go­ti­ated which have sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fited many com­pa­nies’ trad­ing po­ten­tial.

Cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo James said: “For many years we have been de­vel­op­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion to build it into an event that suits every­one.

“For nearly a quar­ter of a cen­tury we have lis­tened to feed­back from ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors, and we have acted on their sug­ges­tions. We, and the ex­hibitors, be­lieve we have all got it just right.

“We tend still to call it a Busi­ness to Busi­ness Ex­hi­bi­tion, but it is more than that. Cer­tainly it meets the busi­ness maxim that every­one is a po­ten­tial cus­tomer for some­body, and equally ev­ery busi­ness is a po­ten­tial sup­plier for ev­ery­body.

“Whether you are a busi­ness per­son looking for cus­tomers, or a cus­tomer looking for sup­pli­ers, I urge all to come along and visit the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“With the cur­rent eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, it is im­por­tant to pro­mote a com­pany as much as pos­si­ble. Pro­mo­tion and mar­ket­ing are seen as es­sen­tial con­tri­bu­tions to beat­ing the down­turn.”

En­try is free to vis­i­tors, and the doors are open to the pub­lic from 10am to 5pm.

For full de­tails, con­tact Frankie Wig­gins at Kent In­victa Cham­ber 01233 503838, email frankie@kentin­vic­tacham­ber.c o.uk

A stand at last year’s busi­ness ex­hi­bi­tion

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