Nearly 500 exhibitors and delegates visited South London’s new format We Mean Business Pop Up Expo in Croydon.
The Business Xchange Hub at Marco Polo House near East Croydon Station hosted the exhibition and networking event for Croydon’s fast-growing business community on Tuesday, 3rd October.
Coast to Capital Growth Hub sponsored a busy seminar on Access to Finance - one of four different themed seminars on the day. C2C Growth Hub also ran free, expert-led, one-to-one business advice clinics.
The WMB Pop Up Expo, which was opened by Croydon Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs, hosted over 50 exhibitor companies across three floors. Gatwick Airport sponsored a series of busy speed-networking sessions throughout the day. While seminars on Women in Business with women business leaders; How to Source Free Social Media Tools with My Outspace; and Tech City success story Connected Space, attracted good turnout of delegates.
“The seminars were really interesting and useful and the quality of speakers was excellent, especially at the Access to Finance session,” said delegate, Sam Johns, Sales Manager, with Croydon tech company, Estate Apps.
Exhibitor Anne O’Hara, Marketing and Social Media Officer with Jace Training, said: “It’s gone really well for us today – we have been very, very busy and have spoken to a lot of employers and individuals looking to do training. We attend the Expo every year and I think the pop up venue has worked really well, with a good layout which encouraged businesses to network.”
Marc Kemp, Managing Director of long established Croydon family firm, Futures Supplies & Support Services, won new business within half an hour of arriving. “It was great - we’ve had some really positive leads from some nice local companies, which is good from our point of view. Pop ups are really popular and the WMB Pop Up Expo was a great opportunity to meet new contacts and do business. It was reasonably priced as well.”
The WMB Pop Up Expo was aimed at all levels of business, from pre-starts to start-ups, and SMEs to large, high growth companies.