The event, which took place at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, attracted hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of delegates and dozens of high-profile partner organisations.
Highlights included a panel discussion between prominent regional and national business leaders about the post-Brexit future for local business and why the new East Midlands Gateway development will be key to our success.
A key takeaway from the panel was that East Midlands businesses are doing what they do best and just getting on with things rather than being distracted by Brexit.
The discussion was led by East Midlands Chamber’s Director of Policy, Chris Hobson, and made up of guests including Simon Hall from the Department of International Trade, Claire Walker from the British Chambers of Commerce, East Midlands Chamber President Kevin Harris, John Forkin of Marketing Derby, and Ioan Reed-Aspley of East Midlands Airport.
They were joined by local businesses including Andy Gilbert of Go Mad Thinking, Julia Fancourt from Beyond Supply Chain Results, and Rachel Morley from Spatial Global, who was also representing the British International Freight Association.
Love Business gave around 100 guests the opportunity to pitch their questions to a specially-selected panel of key business leaders about what the future may hold for the region.
Elsewhere at the event, Marketing gurus including Quiet Storm MD Steve Megson shared tips to help businesses access £1,000s’ worth of free publicity, while finance experts talked about funding opportunities available to SMEs, through initiatives like the British Business Bank.
And Paul Rowlett, founder and MD of promotional products supplier Everything Branded, gave an inspiration keynote about his journey from home office start-up to global success story.
Now in its eighth year, Love Business has built a reputation as the region’s biggest B2B expo and a must-attend event in the East Midlands business calendar.
Phil Megson said: “Love Business 2019 was a huge success.
“One of the great things about the event is that it provides a fantastic platform for a wide range of discussions to take place and give local businesses the opportunity to engage with some the key players across the East Midlands, nationally and in Government, to find out more about what’s going on and what’s being done to drive our economy forward.”
The date for Love Business 2020 has been confirmed as Tuesday 27 February. It is again being held at Holywell Park. For more information, to book your exhibition stand or register for a free delegate pass, visit www.lovebusinessexpo.co.uk.Back