The Hillingdon Business Expo, which took place on Thursday 26 May 2016, welcomed over 70 exhibitors and over 1000 visitors for a day of business advice sessions and presentations, exhibiting and entertainment.
The day, which saw a multitude of specialist business advice sessions from the likes of Google and Gateway Asia, as well as local business exhibitors and a complimentary BBQ and paella lunch, was organised by Brunel University London in partnership with a number of local business sponsors including Heathrow, Kingston Smith, Ward Williams and Ruislip Manor and Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce.
The day began with a business networking breakfast with speakers from Crossrail, who talked of the exciting new transport developments currently taking place in the Borough. Attendees were given a fascinating insight in to the construction process and had their question asked about the new Elizabeth Line, which is predicted to bring plenty of business into the Borough.
Also featured on the day were local Hillingdon-based band Pimp My Jazz, alongside stunning vintage cars from the Uxbridge and District Classic Vehicle Society, world-class close-up magician Dee Riley and a complimentary drinks reception, courtesy of Kingston Smith, at the close of the day.
Topics discussed throughout the day at the business sessions included infrastructure and physical development, harnessing social media and building better business and practice. The Expo welcomed a range of specialist speakers to impart valuable insights and knowledge to visitors. The Digital Garage from Google also provided two free sessions: how to reach customers online and how to tell your story online, both of which proved particularly popular among the small business owners and start-ups among the visitors. How to do business with Asia and China were two session from Gateway Asia which proved very popular for larger businesses looking to break into international markets.
Feedback from visitors and exhibitors was extremely positive, with many praising the range of activities and special features on offer, while other commented on the fantastic networking opportunity the day provided. Andy Sharma, an exhibitor and personal business coach, said of the day: “I was pleasantly surprised by how well the event was organised and manged on the day. It would be of immense value for any business looking to develop contacts or create awareness in the local area. I would say it was a very good investment of my time.”
Carole Paterson of the Conference Chambers said: “The Expo was a fantastic day from start to finish! It was a great success with a big attendance and lot of business taking place. It was evident how much hard work had gone into the preparation of the event by the whole team running it. Our experience was great and it was a good way for us to connect with new and existing businesses.”
Tony Laws of local Hillingdon business Clearview Homes said that the day was “an exciting event. Brilliantly organized. Great enthusiasm by participants and visitors to ‘do business’. A worthy event for both London Borough of Hillingdon and Brunel University.”
With such resounding positive feedback, work has already begun on Hillingdon Business Expo 2017, which will prospectively take place early next June. The organising committee have taken the many comments and suggestions of visitors on board, and are planning for an even bigger and better event next year. Watch this space…!
The Expo team would like to express their gratitude to all of the generous sponsors and supporters of this year’s event, without whom the Hillingdon Business Expo would not be possible. They are: