Kent B2B Ashford 2018
Pillory Barn was commissioned by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce to organise Kent B2B Ashford, the county’s longest-running business exhibition and networking event. This involved organising all aspects of the event including: finding speakers, selling exhibition stands, creating marketing strategies to attract delegates, putting together the event programme, building and designing the website to include an online booking system, sourcing sponsors, finding a venue, organising catering, social media and event management on the day to ensure everything went smoothly. And that was just in the first hour.
Jo James, Chief Executive, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce explains why she thinks the event is so important to local businesses: “Kent B2B is a unique opportunity to showcase the amazing diversity of Kent businesses and help them grow through networking, keynotes and workshops.”
The event took place on Thursday, 7 June 2018 at the Ashford International Hotel and attracted a number of exhibitors and delegates, who came along to make connections with like-minded individuals. There were a number of fantastic speakers throughout the day such as Paralympic skier Millie Knight who shared her stories from PyeongChang and Jae Hopkins, Sales & Marketing Director at Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the headline sponsor for the day. Sleeping Giant also shared their digital marketing expertise, Brachers’ Paul Abdey and Antonio Fletcher delivered some bitesize talks and Councillor Brad Bradford from Ashford Borough Council spoke at the Business Breakfast.
Julie O’Connor, Events and Operations manager describes how 2018 was a great year for Kent B2B: “It was the content of the day that really made it an undoubted success – the speaker programme attracted the right quality of delegates, which meant people made worthwhile connections and exhibitor expectations were met. “
The event also got some great press coverage with @Kent_B2B gained 12,572 impressions on Twitter on the day with great engagement from delegates.
Kent Invicta Chamber’s Medway B2B event will take place in the iconic No. 3 Slip: The Big Space at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Thursday 20 September 2018. If you are interested in registering as a delegate or would like to find out more about becoming an exhibitor, click here.