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e-commerce Expo 2001 at the NEC, Birmingham (3rd - 5th April 2001) has
shown that despite market fears e-business is still at the top of the
agenda for the thousands of visitors packing into seminar theatres eager
to learn from the diverse and practical free seminar programme. The
exhibition in Birmingham, now in it's second year consolidated the
success of its sister show in London in November.

The organisers Reed Exhibitions Companies and exhibitors agreed the two
highlights of the show were the excellent quality visitors who were very
keen to do business, and the outstanding quality of the seminar
programme.

Throughout the three day event visitors were able to enjoy the Free
Seminar Programme, which consisted of over 90 seminars across four
different theatres. All of the seminars were all very well received.
Some of the most popular seminars included Nigel Hickson, head of e-
business at the CBI discussing the results of their much heralded e-
business survey, The WAP Group Panel Session where key figures debated
the latest key issues in m-commerce and wireless applications. Many
visitors got practical answers to their wide ranging questions in E-
Business Review Strategy Clinic, and only one questioner managed to
stump the panel!

Other packed seminars by top industry experts included Microsoft's
seminar on Mobile and PDA convergence, RSA Security on Security
Considerations for B2B e-Business, Actinic on Creating a successful e-
commerce site, and SAP - So what's new about the New Economy?

The event is a useful measure of the true e-commerce climate. At a time
when market fears are continually in the news and dot com failures are
still ringing in our ears, the message from e-commerce Expo was clear -
there are serious buyers with serious e-commerce needs - eager to do
business.

EEMA - Jim Dickson Membership Director "Everyone who has come onto the
stand has been serious about what they want. All the dot.coms have gone.
We are seeing a wide range of serious visitors from across Europe
including Procurement, the Construction Industry and Manufacturing. As
soon as the show opened we began signing up new members. "

David Turner - SITPRO "We're seeing the e-commerce rocks that have
survived as the flood waters of the dot.coms subside."

Lynx - Mark Howarth - Hosting Solutions Business Manager "The quality of
visitors is much better than expected. We have seen fewer 'information
finders' and more people wanting to do business. Everyone I have spoken
to is looking for something specific. This year has been about talking
to people with real business needs - where as last year we were helping
to generate needs - but people didn't have the budget then. We are glad
we came and think we got value for money."

Commercetest.com -Julian Harty Managing Director "It has been so busy,
that we have been unable to move in here. The quality of people has been
very good. The seminars were well attended, there was seating for 60,
and still lots of people had to stand at the back.

Foreshore Limited - Serge Le Moeligou "We have discovered a new market
- visitors from India who did not previously know about the tax
efficiencies of Jersey. We have had no trouble getting rid of our
brochures, we are getting a high profile from being here. We had a
couple of pretty hot leads today."

SAP - Nigel Ford Solutions Marketing Manager - "It has given us the
opportunity to talk to customers and prospects who came here
specifically to see us."

The show figures (to be verified by an ABC audit) confirmed the positive
feeling at the show. 28% of visitors were Director Level or above, and
the remainder were Managers, e-business specialists or Consultants. Over
a third of visitors (33%) said they were looking to improve their
current e-business activity, 18% said they were currently implementing e
business strategies, while the others were evaluating their e-business
needs. Over half the visitors came from companies employing more than a
hundred people.

e-business Expo will take place in Earls Court 2 in London from November
27th - 29th The exhibition will take place alongside the newly launched
m-business Expo which will focus on the business benefits of wireless
and mobile working.

For more information please visit the website at www.ebizexpo.com.

To enquire about exhibiting at e-business Expo 2001, m-business Expo
2001, please contact Nick Graham on 020 8910 7833 or email
nick.graham@reedexpo.co.uk

Ends
Notes to editors

Pictures taken at e-commerce Expo 2001 are available and can be sent in
the post or by email. Logos are also available. Please contact Justine
Pulver on 020 8449 4058 or email justine@eskenzi.demon.co.uk

Please add to your listings

e-business Expo 2001,
Earls Court 2
London, UK
www.ebizexpo.com

m-business Expo
Earls Court 2
London, UK
www.mbusiness.co.uk

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