Return of Kenilworth Business Expo hailed huge success

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From left: Sarah Kershaw, of The Chamber; Georgina Mitchell of Holiday Inn; Sir Jeremy Wright MP; Nadine Hummert, of The Chamber and Molly Rudd of Holiday Inn. Photos by Karen Massey Photography.

More than 40 businesses from across Warwickshire were represented at Kenilworth Chamber of Trade’s Business Expo, returning after four years, on Friday. (Nov 17th)

The event, hosted by main sponsor The Holiday Inn, Kenilworth, also offered visitors the chance to sit in on three seminars involving speakers from the world of business marketing: Amanda Chalmers, of Chalmers News PR; Ian O’Donnell MBE, of Real Point  who talked about Video for Business, and Gus Bhandal of MGuru, who presented on ‘How To Be Awesome on Linked In.’

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Sir Jeremy Wright MP addresses the exhibitors. Photo by Karen Massey Photography.

The half-hour sessions, brought an enthusiastic response from attendees and offered a valuable learning element to the day.

Lunchtime saw a Tai Chi session with My Healthy Steps, and the day finished on a high with a fast-moving, speed networking activity hosted by Action Coach Warwick.

Chair of Kenilworth Chamber of Trade, Nadine Hummert and Sir Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, welcomed exhibitors and visitors, commenting on the importance of the unique and valuable business community in Kenilworth.  Sir Jeremy then took the opportunity to visit exhibitors to discuss local business issues.

Later in the day, Kenilworth’s Mayor, Councillor Alix Dearing, opened the afternoon session, also spending time visiting the different exhibitor stands and making connections.

The Chamber’s Sarah Kershaw. Photo by Karen Massey Photography.

Headline Sponsor, Roisin Ni’Chonghaile of True Potential Wealth Management, said it had been a privilege to sponsor the event, not only an opportunity to support and celebrate the diverse local business community but a great opportunity for all to promote their business services face to face.

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Gus Bhandal of MGuru was ne of the speakers. Photo by Karen Massey Photography.

Nadine Hummert said: “The small team on the Chamber Committee are very proud of what has been achieved at the Expo; there was a huge buzz in the room all day – people making valuable contacts, engaging with each other, learning and connecting.

“We were excited by the variety of businesses who were so keen to be a part of the event and use it as an opportunity to promote their business. Solicitors, Ward and Rider, took the opportunity to showcase their new office in Kenilworth, having recently merged with David Lee Solicitors.

Amanda Chalmers presented a talk called The Power of PR. Photo by Karen Massey Photography.

“Kenilworth Town Council launched their Business Forum Survey; there was a huge variety of different businesses- service providers, retailers and health and wellbeing – Chamber members Mander Hadley Solicitors, Kenilworth Footcare, ARHR, East Chase Distillers, Spot On, BNI Kenilworth, Time for Me, Super-Being, Socially Shared and Primrose Bespoke, Pragmatic Consulting, Karen Massey Photography, Financial Design, FSB, Alsters Kelley, Audley Villages, Shelley Wilson Author and Cube Accounting – were among them.”

The event also raised £120 for the charity for the day, was the Kenilworth Centre, who were keen to showcase the many support services and community activities that they provide.

Guest Speaker, Ian O’Donnell MBE commented: “Thank you Kenilworth Chamber for hosting such a dynamic and enriching Expo.  We’re already looking forward to the next opportunity to be a part of this vibrant business community.”

Ian O’Donnell MBE, of Real Point Video for Business. Photo by Karen Massey Photography.

To keep in touch with Kenilworth Chamber of Trade, find out more about networking events and business opportunities, please visit here.

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