Why The Big Network at The Lights is good for local business

On the 4th October, businesses from across the Test Valley, Hampshire and even further afield will attend the Big Network (BN2016) at The Lights in Andover.

BN2016 gives businesses of all types and sizes the opportunity to participate in a successful exhibition/networking event:

  • Value for money – this is not an event held for profit; its about giving local businesses an affordable opportunity to promote their business
  • Targeted audience – businesses that depend on local consumers and businesses for their sales know that the delegates at BN2016 are in the locale or specifically want to do business with local organisations
  • Even playing field – it doesn’t matter how big exhibiting companies are or how much money they can throw at exhibitions – everyone occupies the same size space
  • Excellent timing – the event is staged at the end of normal business hours so even sole traders and retailers can attend without eating into their operating time or having to find additional staff
  • Facilitated networking – ensures that delegates meet and network with as many people as possible, ensuring they get the most out of it
  • Quality key note speaker – bringing practical advice through experience and success from start up onwards
  • Added value – fantastic food and the chance to win great prizes

The most important factor in making any business event successful is how much effort and preparation you put into it:

  • Ensure you have sufficient literature and business cards with you
  • Make your display attractive and eye catching
  • Engage with people
  • Have your elevator pitch prepared for speed networking – read this article for tips: https://sursus.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/more-on-networking/
  • Dress appropriately and behave professionally
  • Ask for referrals – the person you are speaking to might not need you but they may know someone who does and having a name and contact details smooths the way
  • Smile!

If it is the first time you are exhibiting or speed networking this event is an ideal starting point; the organisers are helpful, supportive and friendly. Remember they want you to be successful!

For the latest news, visit the BN2016 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/biglocalnetwork

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