This year’s Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce ’s Annual Dinner and Dance Gala was held on Saturday 5th March at Fredrick’s Hotel and Spa in Maidenhead, and we were very excited and honoured to be exclusive Gold Sponsors of the event. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring; it made us very proud to be members of the Chamber.
There were around 70 guests on the night, including special guests Rt Hon Theresa May and RBWM Leader, Cllr David Burbage (Conservative Party, Bray) who were seated on the top table along with the Chambers President Olu Odeniyi.
Theresa May was very complimentary about the great work SD Displays have delivered over the last 60 years and going forward. She highlighted the importance of local companies doing business with each other and was inspiring with her support of local trade. As part of our 2016 strategy we have committed to use more local businesses, and we are pleased this vision is supported by both Theresa and Olu.
Also in attendance was The Brett Foundation , a charity SD Displays already supports with donations throughout the year. It was wonderful to see Susan Brett, the founder of the charity, being honoured as the Chambers chosen charity to support on the evening. The Brett Foundation do amazing work supporting those who are made homeless in Maidenhead, from providing care packages and meals to a shelter throughout the colder months. Both SD Displays and the Chambers are proud to support Susan and her incredible work.
When you spend money, time and effort attending a networking or business exhibition, you want to know that the rewards will make these efforts worthwhile. Whilst getting email addresses and other contact details will undoubtedly create opportunities with possible clients or customers, these long lists of contact details often only attract a couple of truly interested parties. Your real aim within any exhibition is to make a real impact and brand memorability, ensuring that multiple customers will be knocking at your door in the future. Here are a couple of ways to ensure you create an unforgettable and positive reflection of your brand at your next exhibition:
1/ Think about the audience. What sector are you in and how will this affect the way visitors react to your stand? Is it a creative audience who would appreciate a particularly quirky and eccentric stand? Or a techy group who would be more impressed with a futuristic look?
Are you ready to take centre stage at your next business event? With the amount of freebies, business cards and enthusiastic promoters going around, it can feel very difficult to make a lasting impression. At SD Displays we can ensure that your stand will make a real impact with the right customers.
Here are a couple of tips to get you started:
1) What size space do you have? It’s impossible to start planning your stand if you don’t know the size of your allotted space. The potential of a large space is huge, however if not planned properly, can appear empty and disorganised - make sure you have enough furniture and staff to fill the space. Size does matter, but if you don’t have the budget for a large space, don’t worry. Small stands can have a great impact if they are bright, eye-catching and innovative (and our designers are pros at making it look fantastic!).
2) Keep it simple. It’s so tempting when you are a proud business owner to plaster your stand with claims about all the amazing things you do, however it’s more effective to tone it down. Let your leaflets and print content explain the details and leave your display to grab attention, focusing on your key features.
Banner stands are a hugely popular choice in marketing businesses, but with so many types to decide between, it can be difficult to select the best banner type to promote your brand. Our expert team have come up with 5 frequently asked questions on banner stands to give you an insight into finding the perfect option for your company.
1/ The Event
The type of event that you are attending will, to a certain extent, inform you on the type of banner stand you require. For instance, if the event is held outside you will need a banner stand that is specifically designed for outdoor use. We can provide banner stands that are made from materials that are able to withstand the elements. It’s not only wind and rain that can damage banner stands - the sun can have a bleaching effect after a couple of hours, so ensure your stands are good quality.
From tall, slim stands to wide interlocking stands, the size and shape can make a huge difference to its impact for different occasions. A great use for larger banner stands is utilising them to separate space creating sections within the business’ area. They also make brilliant backdrops to an exhibition stand or pop-up. However you don’t want to dwarf a small space. Using well designed, brightly coloured and innovative smaller banner stands can draw just as much attention in a more compact area for a smaller budget.
It is so hard nowadays to stand out of the crowd; with so many innovative and unique businesses, technologies and creatives out there, to make something with original impact is incredibly difficult. However, in this competitive market, it really does pay to stand out of the crowd and get noticed. This can be exemplified within business exhibitions, each stand competing to out-do the other.
Disasters are always around the corner at live events. The unpredictability of live exhibitions means that even the most experienced event manager may be thrown into the deep end as opportunities at an event or exhibition unravel. When planning an event, think of yourself as the unluckiest person alive; prepare for every pitfall and eventuality to avoid any nightmares that might come your way.
Generally we have, for centuries, tried to make everything bigger (and apparently better). From huge temples, churches, monuments and nowadays skyscrapers, everything seems to be increasing in size. And that goes for exhibition stands too. For example, HP at the drupa show in Dusseldorf have a brand space equivalent to a football pitch! You may not have the budget for that, but do you need it? Bigger doesn’t always mean better!
Obviously hiring a bigger space at an exhibition costs more. Your presence is increased, and you will come across as a ‘bigger player’ in your industry. It would be very easy to spend the majority of your budget on the space and the stand expenses, without putting much thought into how you will be attracting and converting footfall. A smaller booth means you can spend more on marketing campaigns, email, pre-show and at-show promotions. We’re not saying a small stand is always the way to go, but we’re here to weigh out the pros and cons, to help you make the most of your total investment.
We are delighted to announce that SD Displays are working in partnership and organising an exciting 'new exhibition' event called ' The West London Business Show '.
The event will take place onThursday 23rd March 2017 at the Park Inn at Heathrow, this event is an ideal platform for all businesses of all sizes to showcase their brand, new product launch and networking with other businesses.
We are expecting 1500 visitors on the day, with 100 exhibitors, and 5 keynote speakers. We are overwhelmed with the interest thus far and look forward in inviting you all to the event as an exhibitor or attendee.
Please visit www.westlondonbusinessshow.com to find out more details about the event and to register for your free tickets. To book a stand please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on 01628 673 8647 .You can follow the West London Business Show on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest news as more exhibitors and speakers are announced.