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From 24-26 June, approximately 6 500 (subject to ABC audit) attended Networks for Business 2003, which also incorporated the LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone. Hailed a success by exhibitors, visitors and online attendees alike, the exhibition exceeded all expectations. The event ran from the 24-26 June 2003 at the Birmingham NEC, UK.

"We can judge how successful our event has been through the feedback we’ve had from our exhibitors and visitors," explained Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director, Networks for Business. "The positive response for what was a smaller event this year has been encouraging, not only for the event itself, but also for the industry at large. Clearly the industry is still having a tough time, however, there are organisations out there that need to do business. This is evident because the quality of visitors was high and exhibitors were delighted with the number of targeted leads and the business they did during the event."

Agreement came from many exhibitors including:
Ian Cummins, Sales Director, Network Instruments commented: “This year was our most successful ever at the Networks show in the UK. We not only conducted a number of excellent in-depth discussions with prospective customers at our stand, but also were able to conduct a series of workshops which were over-subscribed, necessitating us to double the original number planned. We have already received our first product order within one week of our initial contact with the customer at the show. Well done to the organiser!”

Melissa Lehrer, International Marketing Manager, Inclarity Plc commented, “Networks for Business 2003 was an incredibly successful show for Inclarity. Our stand was inundated with leads of the highest quality and we may even have to expand our sales teams in order to follow-up on the immense interest that visitors expressed in our Broadband Telephony product. Thank you CMP!”

Tony Smith, Marketing Manager, Phoenix Datacom commented, “Networks for Business 2003 was another excellent show for Phoenix Datacom. It was smaller to match the state of the industry but that provided a more compact show with higher quality exhibitors and visitors. Generally, the people visiting were the ones with real project requirements."

Other features at this year’s Networks for Business event included:

For the first time; live, online and interactive web streaming of all the expert presentations conducted in The Hub took place throughout the three days. This allowed for those visitors who wished to attend the seminar sessions in person but couldn’t, to join in discussion about the key topics and issues affecting the industry via the Networks for Business 2003 website.

LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone. The zone proved to be an extremely popular feature, as it focused on one of the most topical areas within the IT industry. The LinuxUser & Developer Conference provided visitors with constructive insight, incisive viewpoints and keynote presentations from open source visionaries, Linux experts and industry heavyweights. Some of the big-name speakers included Jon 'Maddog' Hall, Alan Cox, Tim O’Reilly and the Liberal Democrat party spokesman on Education and Skills, Dr John Pugh, MP.

Trapeze Networks took the highest accolade of Best Product at Networks for Business 2003 for its Mobility System at this year’s Networking Industry Awards 2003. The Awards, judged by an independent panel of leading professionals within the networking industry, recognised the success of those companies leading the way in the voice and data networking market. The Linux Awards, which were also presented at the Gala, recognised the very best in the fields of Linux hardware, software, embedded systems and ISPs, with special awards for Corporate Contribution to Linux and Individual Contribution to Linux.

Details for the 2004 event have not yet been finalised, as research is currently being conducted to determine the best format and approach for an event that will best reflect this ever-changing marketplace. Following the research results, an announcement will be made.

For further information on Networks for Business 2003, please visit www.networksforbusiness.com.

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Notes to Editors
About Networks for Business
Networks for Business 2003 was supported by The Times and took place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-26 June 2003. Networks for Business 2002 (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25-27 June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, visit www.networksforbusiness.com

About LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business
LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business took place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-26 June 2003. This brand new zone brought together some of the brightest minds in the open source movement with leading vendors and IT purchasers to provide the UK’s definitive Linux forum. For further information visit www.linuxuserexpo.com

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