On Wednesday 13th June 2018 Skills Group attended the sixth Devon Business Show, hosted by Devon Chamber of Commerce at Plymouth Pavilions. With a collective attendee and exhibitor list exceeding 600 – we were ready and armed to do business.
Showcasing our brand new look, we were fortunate to secure the first visual stand at the main entrance (besides the event title sponsors stand) which packed a punch and gave us an opportunity to meet and greet each visitor as they arrived at the show.
We attended both of the speed networking sessions, designed rather like speed dating! We honed our ‘elevator pitch’, grabbed a stash of business cards and took to the stage. We met some amazing businesses that we are in discussions with to provide apprentices to, and others that require bespoke career development training for their existing staff.
At lunchtime we grabbed a seat at Devon Conversations where we learnt how the Heart of South West LEP has developed and grown to its current delivery and from Alison Hernandez at Devon & Cornwall Police on their budget and plans to improve security of individual towns and villages through out the SW peninsula.
We wearily packed down stand 112 armed with some fantastic new contacts, a vision for our community strategy and of course plans for next years show!