Opening the show with an upbeat and entertaining speech was the BBC’s Steph McGovern. Fellow TV personality Ruth Badger from The Apprentice offered tips on how to cultivate sales leads and close a deal and former captain of the women’s rugby team Catherine Spencer spoke about how sport can teach a dynamic approach to leadership.
From the world of business, there were talks by the Bank of England, the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Federation of Small Businesses and Google.
Economic developments across the county were shared with visitors, including an insight into the Lower Thames Crossing and the expansion of the Designer Outlet in Ashford. The prospects for Kent businesses post-Brexit were also hotly debated.
Joint MD of Kent Live organisers Revolution, Rich Tribe, was delighted at the success of the show, saying there was “an infectious mood of optimism and positivity” from exhibitors and visitors, the number of which had increased by 10% on last year’s figure to well over 3,000.
With this success in mind, Revolution is changing the name of the event to Business Vision Live for 2019.
Rich explained: “Since the show first ran as Kent 20/20 Vision in 2005, it has gone from strength to strength as an important annual fixture for hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of business visitors every year. The brand is now evolving again, to reflect the widening remit of the event and the high quality of speakers and workshop content. We believe the new name will help overcome any illusions that Kent Vision Live is a small-scale networking forum relevant only to local companies, rather than a large multi-faceted business show that matches many national exhibitions in size and scope.”
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