By Charlotte Eames. Originally published 30/09/2014
Another year, another RWM Waste Management exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. Ebbsfleet Engineering has been exhibiting here for over six years now so shall we just say we're experts? With over 700 companies exhibiting, it's a great place to get your brand out there and meet new people from companies you may not have encountered before. A whole three days of networking, which is a great idea for any growing business but a tiresome busy three days!
Some of the Ebbsfleet team arrive at the NEC on the Monday to see how well the stand is progressing ready for the next day. Seeing the chaos surrounding the halls, you would never imagine all those people would be in there tomorrow on and around their stands. So after having a brief look around, it's time to grab dinner and have an early night in preparation for the next three busy days!
Bright eyed and bushy tailed, team Ebbsfleet head to the NEC to begin the first day of the exhibition. The hall is buzzing full of colourful and imaginative stands, and I must say there are some pretty impressive ones there! The first day is slow off the mark, as presumably people are still making their way to Birmingham. By lunchtime when our stand is up and running and looking wonderful I must say, the people start passing by. Our star of the show and our resident robot, Rusty, caught the eye of many passers by which then lead to meeting many different people from different companies. Rusty was on his annual vacation-
It was great to meet all those people on the first day. Discussing how we can help each other succeed in new areas of business and definitely a few new leads were in sight, but WOW do my feet hurt!!!
The second day is upon us, and the busiest day according to the exhibition regulars. Note to all: DO NOT WEAR HEELS. Yes, I made that mistake and although it looked more professional, I couldn't walk at the end of the day. We did have a busy day today; many people from many different companies came to our stand and were interested in what services we had to offer! We also had a wander round the two halls; visiting stands that we thought were relevant to us a business. This was successful as there is an opportunity to develop some of the leads, which would ultimately mean that our visit to the exhibition was worthwhile! Time to celebrate our hard work for the day, and rest those achy feet!
The third and final day! So this according to the exhibition regulars was the quietest day as everyone is getting ready to pack up and go home. Which was true. As ever Rusty was the star of the show drawing in people as they were walking by; they were all pretty keen to have their picture taken with him. Today we met with a few existing clients of ours to possibly set up new contracts which is amazing news! We also had some new potential clients in the making as they seemed to like our graphics which showcased one of our previous projects as the backdrop of our stand. Overall, a pretty successful day and everyone was please which is what we all like to hear. Feet are a bit worse for wear again but it's all in the name of a successful networking business event.
Overall the exhibition was a great way to meet potential clients who are interested in what you do and one day could work together to develop a great project and working relationship. It is also great to meet businesses who can offer you a service that you are interested in, when giving out a business card or a leaflet then you will always have that information on hand. The RWM is also a great place to get your brand out there! Just think, there are over 700 exhibitors and you have three days to visit as many of those exhibitors as you can. Obviously you may not get round to everyone, but simply producing a piece of material with your company branding on it will always be effective as you will lodged in someones memory. You may even pop up in a magazine or around the local authority doing another project and because of that material, a company can instantly recognise your brand.
Plus if you get that mega buck's deal then that visit has certainly paid off! So if you went to the exhibition this year, please do give us a shout if you remember our name, stand or even Rusty. If not then remember us anyway or visit the website- www.ebbsfleetltd.com if you haven't been then VISIT NEXT YEAR! We may even see you there 🙂
*Sorry we haven't been active on here for a while; things have been a bit here and there at the moment at the Ebbsfleet office! We shall be back on track soon with either a weekly or fortnightly blog.
See you all soon! Team Ebbsfleet 🙂