The Stockport Expo was The Business Bible’s first Expo, taking place at the home of newly promoted Stockport County FC. The event took place on the 4th July, after a busy week for the venue as it had hosted the Blossoms Concerts the week prior.
Over 200 attendees came to the event, not including the Exhibitors already on the show floor, to meet/network and buy from the varied Exhibitors on the day. Whilst many events will profess to attract thousands to its doors, in reality this is often not true.
The Challenge we had was being honest, setting realistic ambitions on what the first year would deliver for our exhibitors and attendees. we then had to meet those expectations.
James – Organiser of the Stockport Epxo
What was refreshing was the mix of different Exhibitors which had attended the event, Stockport Gin and Jeffrey’s Tonics had both independently signed up as exhibitors and were both making cash sales on the day of their products.
Bringing card machines to the event so attendees could actually buy products on the day showed that the companies such as CostCo could clearly show what the value was to their business of attending events such as this.
The Workshops went down amazingly, with Dave Richardson and Andy Preston’s workshops being sold out prior to the event. The more hands-on approach leading to attendees getting more knowledge in smaller groups in the sessions.
On the wind down at the end of the event a number of Exhibitors stayed behind as the cash bar opened to discuss the day, showing that a mini community was starting to form with companies all collaborating together and getting on as people.
As an event the Stockport Expo did everything we promised it would do, we’ve already committed to a second event on the 2nd July 2020, with more potential events on the horizon as well as venues are contacting us to host more Business Events.