Marketing Tips Icon | Pearce Marketing, East Sussex

Exhibition Review – Business Expos across Sussex

Date: 17 April 2018

Exhibition Review - Business Expos across SussexEmma Pearce reviews the first Business Expo in a series that visits Uckfield, Chichester and Ardingly

By Emma Pearce, Marketing Consultant – marketing planning, outsourced marketing services and social media training
(as published in Platinum Business Magazine)


The NetXP team has organised three business exhibitions for SMEs in Sussex.  The first was on 1 March 2018 for the East Sussex area in Uckfield.

There are still a few exhibition stand spaces at the remaining events:

  • 19th July 2018  – Chichester / Chichester Business Expo at Chichester College
  • 27th September 2018 – Ardingly / Mid Sussex Business Expo at the South of England Showground

Snow did not stop play in Uckfield

Having spent a huge number of hours preparing, the organisers and exhibitors were all rather dismayed to see the worst snow forecast for that period on the day of the show. But over 60 exhibitors made it to the East Sussex National Hotel venue… and there was not a single snowflake in Uckfield all day in the end!

The event was not just an expo, there were also keynote speakers from 7.45 am up until the show opened at 10 am.

Sonny Cutting, organiser, said “We always like to add an extra dimension to our exhibitions. This time we had a roulette theme and there was a casino with some fantastic prizes to be won. This was alongside our resident and highly entertaining compère, Greg Draven.

Sadly the misleading forecast did lead to fewer visitors than expected, but there was a good lively atmosphere and plenty of interesting exhibitors to have quality networking time with.

Simon Bulteel, R&D Tax Relief specialist from Cooden Tax Consulting, was a sponsor for the event. He saidDespite the somewhat inclement weather, we were warmed up by tales of daring from adventurer and speaker Mick Dawson. He left us thinking that no matter what situations we find ourselves in business, if you have good training and solid plans, if there is an emergency, they will kick in and save the day.”

I asked Simon what he gained from the day, he said that whilst there were a number of hardy visitors, it was one of those rare days where exhibitors had time to really network properly with each other. I found a number of interesting prospects, that I may not have otherwise met. Greg and Sonny kept everyone motivated throughout the Expo and everyone went home happy after a successful day of exhibiting and networking.”

People are often curious about Sonny’s themes for his events. Sonny explained “We like having a gaming theme. It’s proven that by adding some game elements into a non-game setting, that it triggers intrigue, competitiveness and excitement. The perfect mix for networking and B2B exhibitions!


Find out more at


Have a look at our huge list of networking groups in Sussex 

Why not read our other networking blogs… including:

Find out more about our marketing consultancy and outsourced marketing services.

Free Marketing Advice and Social Media Tips

Sign up to our monthly email newsletter for marketing insights, funding, events and company news. Opt out at any time. View our Privacy Policy.

    Leave a Reply