1700 attendees at Commercial Finance Expo 2015
A record number of people turned up to what one lender called, “the best of the Expos by some margin.”
The number of registrations was up 26% on 2014, and the number of exhibitor stands soared by more than 20%, to 125. Among the exhibitors packed into the Pavilion at Birmingham’s NEC were the FCA and the British Business Bank, demonstrating how our Association is well regarded in the right circles as well as by our 125 patrons.
Both the British Business Bank and the FCA were also on hand at one of the day’s four Conferences to explain more about their processes and to answer questions from the floor.
We saw meetings taking place and agreements being made in our marquee-style Business Lounge, which was new for this year and which joined the 200-seat Conference Theatre as additions to the main Expo area. Of course, this is an unparalleled opportunity to bring our members up to date on how their Association is being run and what changes we’re making to keep one step ahead of regulation. But also we were keen to let the wider commercial finance world know about the other work we’re doing, not just the appointment of a new Compliance Officer but also our growing ties with the regulators and Government initiatives.
A member told us afterwards: “This was my first Expo despite being trading for fifteen years – I don’t always trust the hype about these things but honestly I was extremely impressed.” Another lender had this to say: “I was very impressed with the event – I thought it had a real buzz about it and the central location is superb!”
This is an event that’s been growing since it first began in 2010, and it has now become a date for the diary that the commercial finance broker simply cannot afford to miss, as a growing number of brokers and funders are now realising.