East Devon Means Business show - held in Exmouth - ‘a huge success’

PUBLISHED: 11:52 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 31 October 2017

A speed networking session in full swing at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

A speed networking session in full swing at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

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With frenetic speed networking sessions, key note speeches, around 30 exhibitor stands and plenty of delegates, organisers of the East Devon Means Business show have described it as a ‘huge success’.

Zanna Whale (left) and Cheyne Chorley at the LED Ocean stand at East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.Zanna Whale (left) and Cheyne Chorley at the LED Ocean stand at East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

Held on Thursday, October 26 at the Exmouth Community College, the show – a follow-up to last year’s debut event – swung into action at 9.30am, with a welcoming address from Andrew Davies, the college’s principal. Within a few hours, the event was firmly into its stride.

“It’s an improvement on last year,” said Ian MacQueen, chairman of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce. “So far a lot of satisfied standholders have done business. Even I – in my own business – may have a potential sale, which has come about via a casual conversation.”

Jeff Gregory, managing director of Life Technology at the East Devon Means Business show at Exmouth. His new first aid product maintains and increases oxygen levels in the body before emergency services arrives. Jeff Gregory, managing director of Life Technology at the East Devon Means Business show at Exmouth. His new first aid product maintains and increases oxygen levels in the body before emergency services arrives. "This is such a new product, its important for me to show people. This is an ideal event to do this." Picture: Paul Strange.

Conversations were the order of the day, some conducted at a brisk pace during the speed networking sessions.

“Speed networking really gets an event going,” said Liz Griffiths from Apen, a transcription specialist firm from Exeter. “It’s time efficient, because you quickly know who you can continue a conversation with and who not to. It’s a brilliant mechanism.”

Royal Mail's Angela Winterbourne (left) and Appen's Lliz Griffiths were two delegates who met during the speed networking event at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth.  Royal Mail's Angela Winterbourne (left) and Appen's Lliz Griffiths were two delegates who met during the speed networking event at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. "Ive met some interesting people, a real variety of backgrounds here," said Liz. "Absolutely great fun!" said Angela. "The speed networking serves its purpose of breaking down barriers." Picture: Paul Strange.

Fellow delegate Angela Winterbourne from the Royal Mail, working across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, agreed.

“Absolutely great fun! It’s bang-bang, rapid fire, nobody’s got the opportunity to run out of things to say and get shy, or dominate… perfect!”

Debbie Langdon of Celebrations at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. 'Its a much better event than last year. Its not so claustrophobic, everybody can see whats going on.' Picture: Paul Strange.Debbie Langdon of Celebrations at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. 'Its a much better event than last year. Its not so claustrophobic, everybody can see whats going on.' Picture: Paul Strange.

Archant – the publisher of the Journal – was the event’s media partner. James Walton, digital commercial manager, was on hand on the Archant stand.

“A lot of people have come and talked to us from local and national businesses, which has been great,” he said. “I’ve been talking to them about how we can help with their marketing… not just wanting to sell an advert for the sake of selling an ad, but having a clear objective in mind and being able to match that.”

Delegates using the Networking Cafe at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.Delegates using the Networking Cafe at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

Many local firms were finding it was a good opportunity to inform delegates of their services.

“A lot of people don’t know just how much we do,” said Alix Kelman, a graphic designer from Exmouth’s Total Tee. “They think that we do just printing. People don’t realise that we do embroidery in house… so it’s a really good chance to talk to local businesses and network.”

Delegates at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.Delegates at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

“Both from an exhibitor and from the Exmouth Chamber point of view, the day has been a huge success,” said Nigel Wilkinson, of WNW Digital. “Everyone I spoke to was positive about the event and we all went home with sales leads and connections we would never have made without the expo.

“It built on last year’s event and was bigger and better in every aspect. Dave Barr and his team at South West Business Connections worked so hard to make the day run smoothly, and we look forward to working with them in creating an even greater success next year.”

Total Tee's Alix Kelman (left) and Tory Smith at East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. I think the event has been great,Total Tee's Alix Kelman (left) and Tory Smith at East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. I think the event has been great," said Alix. "The speed networking was a quick way to meet people and get your point across in a minute. Picture: Paul Strange.

Mandy Smith giving a keynote speech about how to maximise your space capacity at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.Mandy Smith giving a keynote speech about how to maximise your space capacity at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

David Hinshelwood  of Business Information Point at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. David Hinshelwood of Business Information Point at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. "We are an enterprise agency, and can put business advisors with existing businesses or new-start businesses at no charge to the business." Picture: Paul Strange.

Quick Print's David Miller at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Quick Print's David Miller at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. "Theres a lot more footfall than there was last year, so for us its definitely worthwhile coming along to this event. It's always good to support something local." Picture: Paul Strange.

Frank Tiley, area manager of West Country business consultancy IMSM Ltd, at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Its been going well today, useful contacts. Im quite happy, its a nice venue, nice people and I have some good leads which I will follow up. Picture: Paul Strange.Frank Tiley, area manager of West Country business consultancy IMSM Ltd, at the East Devon Means Business show in Exmouth. Its been going well today, useful contacts. Im quite happy, its a nice venue, nice people and I have some good leads which I will follow up. Picture: Paul Strange.

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