ECOMMERCE MINISTER STEPHEN TIMMS TO OPEN ProfIT: THE UK'S LARGEST BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SHOW FOR SMEs
Government throws its weight behind the move to help small businesseses increase profitability
London, UK, February 7th, 2003 –The largest technology show ever held for SMEs in the UK opens its doors next Tuesday with none other than e-commerce minister Stephen Timms as the guest of honour.
ProfIT 2003 (www.profitevent.com) takes place at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 February 2003. Its aim is to help smaller businesses improve their bottom line through the smarter use of technologies like mobile computing, e-commerce, networking and broadband…but without the hard sell associated with previous, similarly themed events.
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ProfIT offers a range of exhibition seminars, workshops, demonstrations and advice centres – all of them free. In addition to Stephen Timms, the event will feature famous names as diverse as Noel Edmonds, Reuben Singh and Eva Pascoe - all of whom will be sharing their views and experiences on how technology can improve profitability.
The Minster will tour ProfIT, address the visitors and exhibitors, and attend a VIP lunch in the Sunday Times Enterprise Network VIP lounge. The event already has the backing of the DTI's UK Online for Business, Business Link, Technology Means Business (TMB), SEEDA and the London and Surrey Chamber of Commerce.
“To have the Minister open the event for us, and then stick around to actually talk to businesses about technology, is fantastic news for ProfIT and great news for industry in general,” said the organiser of the event, Chris Wood of ICT Communications. “There’s a lot of apathy out there to technology but the truth is really can help many smaller companies and we’re aiming to break the mould with the ProfIT.”
More than 80 companies will be exhibiting at ProfIT, which is supported by a raft of big-name companies including Microsoft, HP, Vodafone and 3Com. Speficially, the event will include:
· Over 50 Free seminars from independent experts and other SMEs with keynotes from Internet guru Eva Pascoe, David Hood Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Technology group leading the movement for return on investment on new technologies, TV’s Noel Edmonds talking about video conferencing and Barry Fox winner of many UK Technology press awards chairing the sessions.
· Free Advice Centres
· Technology for Start-ups centre
· Free personal consultations, through the government-funded Technology Means Business.
· An Ask the Experts Panel held twice daily.
· UK Online for Business Sales and Marketing over the Web, free demonstrations daily.
· Software Demo Lounge, where visitors can view and try different software packages for themselves.
The organisers in partnership with DMG Global Ltd will be using new technology to enhance the visitor's experience at on site registration. FIRST (Fast track Interactive Registration System Technology) will be piloted alongside the traditional on site registration system. The touch screen kiosks will provide visitors with an effective alternative registration process, tailored information on exhibitors, products, seminars and other relevant features.
ProfIT is organised by ICT Communications Ltd http://www.ictcomms.com which runs a variety of exhibitions, seminars, conferences, websites, magazines, directories and event guides -all aimed at linking buyers with suppliers in niche markets.
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