Norfolk does Business at the B2B...

This year’s Norfolk Chamber Autumn B2B was a brilliant day with some wonderful speakers. Jake Humphrey, Formula One and 2012 Olympic Games presenter showed a real passion for local Norfolk businesses as he talked about how proud he was to have gone from being just a ‘Norfolk boy’ to becoming a BBC TV presenter, through hard work and determination. He talked about how businesses should work together and how this can be achieved by being part of the GoGoGorilla project, of which Jake is patron.

Delegates also heard from David McNally, Norwich City Football Chief Executive who talked about running the football club as a business. He highlighted the importance of having a good team around you from a business perspective as well as on the pitch. David was really enthusiastic about business in Norfolk and was pleased that the football club could be part of bringing them together at this B2B event.

The exhibition was opened by Emma Baker, ITV Anglia who also judged the best stand awards. Emma was impressed with the variety of exhibitors at the event and after much deliberation she announced the winners. The Break Charity won the overall best stand for their gorilla statues, one of which was being painted live at the event and NVCS Ltd was a clear winner for Best Stand Design for their great coffee display. The Forum won Best On Stand Promotion as they had a great opportunity to win a table of eight at their upcoming Comedy Store night. 

Attendees also had the opportunity to gain knowledge as well as do business with four free workshops. Two workshops were delivered by Nial Adams, PUSH Academy who helped attendees to make marketing work and offered some top tips on selling more in a tough climate. Julie Bishop from JobHop highlighted how lots of companies use social media for recruitment and that it is an important tool for finding the right candidate. Finally Jean McNeil, Best Support led a really interactive workshop that discussed personality profiling, the different types of personalities and how these personalities affect networking style.

Overall there was a real buzz around the exhibition which wasn’t just coming from Hugh J Boswell’s buzzer game, won by Sarah Mintey from the Open Youth Trust. There was plenty to see and do, from putting at the Royal Norwich Golf Club stand to perhaps bagging yourself a green rubber duck at the Green Duck stand. 99Squared also showcased a unique way of using digital advertising with their square-code that could be scanned with a Smartphone and Archant were there as our Media Sponsors. The event was a huge success and allowed lots of local companies to raise their profiles, work together and do some great business.

Photos from the day can be seen here on Facebook or Google+

Our next exhibition incorporating a Meet the Buyer will be Opportunities 2013 on Thursday 14th March 2013 at NCFC.

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