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Recruitment Agency Expo 2012

Recruitment Agency Expo 2012

The national event for UK recruitment professionals, the Recruitment Agency Expo quite literally burst into life at the Olympia Conference Centre on February 14th until 15th.   

With over 70 exhibitors, 30 seminars, a training zone, network lounge and a multitude of exhibitor activities, not least those with & lsquo;love me’ themes, a & lsquo;health’ check-up, popcorn, sweets and even cakes, the show was filled with visitors, at times to capacity, throughout the two days.

With enquiring buyers queuing to talk to some exhibitors many spoke of their delight at being able to cover so much ground in a single visit. Happy to invest the time to meet suppliers some even Twitted their need to return on the second day.

Kicking off the event’s conference programme was the maverick, social media recruitment guru, the much admired and immensely popular speaker Bill Boorman. Dressed in his now trademark garb, leather jacket, hat and black t-shirt Boorman explored social channels and typically impressed a packed theatre.  With an excellent feedback from delegates some good ideas were suggested for future events.    

The test of any show comes naturally from the stories and testaments of its exhibitors. At the drinks reception on the first night exhibitors spoke enthusiastically with many stating that they had already secured enough business to make their participation a roaring success.  With several few million pound contracts mentioned, the quality of visitors was praised alongside the quantity of interested and delighted buyers.

Mike Chatha of Darwin spoke typically of the exhibitor’s feelings, “When we initially booked the stand we went for a standard size as we just wanted a presence. On day 1 the visitors to our stand was 4 layers of people thick with people wanting to see our software. On day 2 we were booking demos. Even if we were to secure 50% of the leads from day 1 we’ll double last year’s turnover. For next year’s show I’ve booked double the space.”  

Jason Martin, Commercial Director at SAFE Computing said “ For SAFE Computing the show was a real success as we were able to get our message across to lots and lots of people. Without a doubt we will be back again next year.”

Recruitment Agency Expo will be taking place on 26th-27th February 2013.

 

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