With a real buzz of conversation in a room full of energy, Friday 17th November saw the much-anticipated return of Kenilworth Chamber of Trade’s Business Expo, excellently hosted by Sponsors, the Holiday Inn in Kenilworth.
40 very different businesses from all over the Warwickshire area gathered to showcase their services and products; make new connections and re-ignite old ones.
A separate seminar space saw three excellent Guest speakers share their skills and knowledge with the theme of Marketing for your Business. Lunchtime saw a Tai Chi session with My Healthy Steps, and the day finished on a high with a fast moving, Speed networking activity hosted by Action Coach Warwick.
As the Expo opened at 10.00 a.m., Chair of Kenilworth Chamber of Trade, Nadine Hummert and Sir Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, welcomed Exhibitors and Visitors, commenting on the importance of the unique and valuable business community in Kenilworth. Sir Jeremy then took the opportunity to visit Exhibitors to discuss local business issues. Later in the day, Kenilworth’s Mayor, Councillor Alix Dearing, opened the afternoon session, spending time visiting the different Exhibitor stands and making connections.
Guest Speakers Amanda Chalmers, of Chalmers News PR, Ian O’Donnell MBE, Real Point Video for Business, and Gus Bhandal of MGuru, shared their skills and knowledge at three separate Seminar sessions. The well-attended seminar sessions, brought an enthusiastic response from attendees, offering a valuable learning element to the day.
Headline Sponsor, Roisin Ni’Chonghaile of True Potential Wealth Management said it had been a privilege to sponsor the event, not only an opportunity to support and celebrate the diverse local business community but a great opportunity for all to promote their business services face to face.
As Chamber Chair, Nadine Hummert noted: ‘the small team of Chamber Committee are very proud of what has been achieved at the Expo; there was a huge buzz in the room all day – people making valuable contacts, engaging with each other, learning, connecting. We were excited by the variety of businesses who were so keen to be a part of the event and use it as an opportunity to promote their business. Solicitors, Ward and Rider, took the opportunity to showcase their new office in Kenilworth, having recently merged with David Lee Solicitors. Kenilworth Town Council launched their Business Forum Survey; there was a huge variety of different businesses- service providers, retailers and health and wellbeing – Chamber members Mander Hadley Solicitors, Kenilworth Footcare, ARHR, East Chase Distillers, Spot On, BNI Kenilworth, Time for Me, Super-Being, Socially Shared and Primrose Bespoke, Pragmatic Consulting, Karen Massey Photography, Financial Design, FSB, Alsters Kelley, Audley Villages, Shelley Wilson Author and Cube Accounting – to name but a few, the list goes on. The Charity for the day, was the Kenilworth Centre, who were keen to showcase the many support services and community activities that they provide.
Guest Speaker, Ian O’Donnell MBE commented: ‘thank you Kenilworth Chamber for hosting such a dynamic and enriching Expo. We’re already looking forward to the next opportunity to be a part of this vibrant business community.’