We Mean Business Expo 2016 took place on the 18th May at Fairfield Halls, where over 100 businesses exhibited and networked, making crucial business connections, with one firm clinching a deal worth £100,000.
At the first of three Expo seminars, the Gatwick procurement team outlined their plans to do more business in Croydon. Over £8million of the airport's £248million procurement budget is spent in Croydon, and the Gatwick management team want to increase this figure. The airport is currently in talks with London Borough of Croydon on more joint initiatives.
One of the happiest businessmen at the Expo was James Storm, Managing Director of Countrywide Dispute Resolution Services in Dartford. He came back to Expo 2016 after clinching £100,000 worth of business at the last event. Today he shook hands with another visiting delegate on £90,000 worth of new business.
Mr Storm commented: “We have had an excellent day at Expo – it has gone really well. We have already acquired a new client, which represents £90,000 worth of business. I also have a further 12 or 14 strong leads from people coming to the stand, which are potentially worth another seven or eight thousand pounds.”
Throughout the day delegates to attended the hugely popular Speed Networking sessions, sponsored by Croydon Business Venture. They also gained inside track business advice at three busy busineness seminars on Fairfield's mezzanine floor.
Gatwick Airport's head of community engagement Alison Addy outlined the airport's procurement requirements and aim to build a strong local supply chain.
Coast to Capital chief executive Jonathan Sharrock, who has helped the develop the NS2 high speed rail project and was responsible for the government's transport interests at London 2012, spoke on the organisation's offer in a regenerating Croydon.
Thankyou to all that exhibited and attending, see you next year at We Mean Business Expo 2017