Business show sees more than 600 delegates

Events Posted 12/05/17
The first Grow Kent Canterbury Business Show saw more than 600 delegates pass through its doors to hear keynote speakers, take part in workshops and network.

The Grow Kent Canterbury Business Show saw over 50 exhibitors promoting their services, products and offering advice.

The show was formally opened by Business Bunker host Paul Andrews, delegates heard from Brad Burton, a nationally known motivational business speaker who talked about a winning mind-set and being different.

Other highlights included a presentation by Google Garage, panel discussions on “Using the power of PR and Marketing to be remarkable and elevate your business” and “How digital can help grow your business”, as well as speed networking, masterclasses and several workshops.

Paul Andrews said: “What an amazing day. It was great to chair the fantastic Grow Kent Canterbury conference, more than 600 delegates enjoyed keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions and speed networking as well as an exhibition. This was exactly what was needed in Canterbury and has set the benchmark for future business events.”

The show was also supported by Canterbury City Council, Heart FM, Outset, Primed Essential Business Support, the IoD Kent Branch and FSB.

IoD Kent chair Jane Ollis said: “This show had it all. Not only was it an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, panels and attend workshops to help your business get to the next level, it was also a great opportunity to make new contacts and catch up with old ones.”

The next Grow Kent will be in Maidstone on 14 June at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, where well known Auctioneer Clive Emson will be speaking about establishing and growing one of the top 5 auction houses in the country. It also includes well known speaker and marketing practitioner Barnaby Wynter, from The Entrepreneur Plan Company, who will speak about everything an entrepreneur should know but is afraid to ask. He said:

“Only 19% of businesses make their 5th birthday. The same mistakes seem to reoccur time and time again and cause unnecessary business failure. Let’s start by getting the foundations right. At the Maidstone Business Show, I look at what the foundations for a successful business are, why they are important and how they can apply them to their own business.”

The day will also include a mix of other speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

The shows are organised by Best Business Events. Director Carole Black said: “These shows are aimed at businesses who want to go to the next level and increase their income. With over 600 delegates attending the last show, we feel that this is what businesses are looking for. In addition to hearing from great speakers, delegates can also build their CPD points by attending.”

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