e-business Expo 2000 at Olympia, London (7-9 November '00) has again
proved to be a tremendous success in spite of the floods and train
disruptions throughout the UK with over 7,700 visitors (on-site figure).
The show had over 160 companies exhibiting with over 70 new products
unveiled for the 1st time and over 100 free seminars in 5 impressive
theatres which saw a constant flow of keen delegates.
Over a quarter of visitors to e-business Expo 2000 were director level
or above and the remainder were managers, e-business specialists or
consultants who were mainly looking to improve their existing e-business
solutions, with a drop in the percentage of those evaluating or adopting
e-business solutions, compared with last year's attendees.
Throughout the three day event visitors were able to enjoy an exciting,
vibrant exhibition where all the key players in the e-business market
showcased their latest solutions and products including BT Ignite
Application Services, Logica, Hitachi Europe, Deloitte and Touche, the
DTI, Compaq Computers, SAS, RSA and Thus. The FREE seminar programme,
attracted many of the most prominent and renowned speakers in the e-
business industry including Patricia Hewitt - Minister for Small
Business & E-Commerce who gave a presentation on current e-business
issues and developments, and other well known e-business spokes-people
such as; Nigel Hickson from the CBI, Jim Norton from the IoD, Margaret
Manwering from the Data Protection Office to name but a few.
In order to meet the needs of a more educated and mature market Reed
Exhibitions, organisers of the event prepared an Industry Focus Stream
which concentrated on eight industry sectors. These included retail,
banking/finance, media/publishing, travel, public sector, IT/telecoms,
manufacturing and healthcare, all of which proved to be incredibly
popular. Some of the most well-attended seminars included John
Griffith, MD of Intershop and Mark Cooper from Wesleyan Assurance
talking about Gomedix, the European Online Marketplace for medical
supplies; Pam Craig from Sabre discussing how e-business is shaking up
the Travel Industry and Michele Mooney from Ignite Application Services
on Be Secure! Managed Trust Services for Financial Institutions.
The exhibitors were delighted with the calibre of high level decision-
makers and comments include:
Alex Lochheard from SAA said "In spite of the floods Reed Exhibitions
through the excellent PR and marketing still managed to create a
fantastic event with over 150+ in our seminar from major blue chips and
government departments. From the enquiries we have seen the market has
moved on and matured and the period of confusion is over."
David Griffith MD of Intershop said "The market is booming - seeing hot
leads despite the weather - Critical mass. The show is a perfect
reflection and confirmation that it is booming - visibility of our
branding has been excellent at this show."
Bill Pugsley of Perwill - "We have been exhibiting at this show since
1995 when it was the Electronic Commerce Show. The last two years have
been the best, and the business we have taken from these shows,
including this one, has encouraged us to book for the year ahead. We do
many exhibitions around the world but this is the one we always come
Lisa Walden of Actinic said "The show has been fantastic! We are meeting
hundreds of new companies - it shows there is still real potential in
the market. I believe the mobile part of the show has helped bring in
the new faces."
James Gurd of Biomni said "The through-traffic has been good from a
number of excellent prospects from senior level decision-makers. The
seminars were well attended and reached the right audience. The ability
to exhibit, use the seminar programme and the excellent PR prior to the
show has allowed us to achieve a successful and integrated marketing
The decision to run Mobile Business Solutions alongside e-business Expo
2000 proved to very popular amongst both exhibitors and visitors. The
organisers are therefore running m-business Expo 2000 alongside e-
commerce Expo 2000 in the Spring at the NEC, Birmingham from 3-5 April
e-business Expo 2000 will be held next year from 27-29 November 2001 at
Olympia. For further details visit http://www.ebizexpo.com
or phone Richard Harris on 0208 910 7158.
For photographs of e-business Expo 2000 or any other press enquiries
please contact Yvonne Eskenzi on 020 8449 8292 or email
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