Graham Toy, NACFB CEO, looks ahead to the biggest industry event of the year as the Association returns to the NEC on 20th June
2018 sees the NACFB return for the ninth time to Birmingham’s NEC for the annual NACFB Commercial Finance Expo, and for me it will be my first as CEO of the Association.
The free event is open to anyone with an interest in Commercial Finance and 2018’s event will host a wider spread of exhibitors than any ever before, with over 100 already confirmed to exhibit on the day.
The event takes place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 in Hall 3A at Birmingham’s NEC from 9:30am until 4:30pm, and registration is open now.
I have attended a number of NACFB Commercial Finance Expo’s with my ‘Patron’s hat’ on but I am excited to soak up the atmosphere from the other side. As a former lender, I am well aware of the value of attending the largest commercial finance event of its kind. The quality of both the exhibitors and the variety of delegates ensured that the day was the first trade event we marked on our calendars each year.
Looking back at the attendance figures for the last five years reveals a very positive trajectory. I would encourage anyone interested to register early as we are projected to get very close to capacity.
Why should a broker attend?
Now in its ninth year, the Commercial Finance Expo has become the headline event on the commercial finance calendar. Our exhibitors and sponsors span the widest cross-section of the market, making this the largest finance show for intermediaries in the country.
The event is about doing business, networking and education, but it is also an entertaining affair with a well-established and good-natured rapport between all exhibitors and attendees. It remains one of few places that brokers can see all their valued lenders and funders in under the same roof on the same day.
We have had to increase capacity in order to accommodate the volume of delegates and also the increased stand-size of exhibitors. The quality of the educational workshops on offer is reason alone to attend, and our ‘Meet the Expert’ speakers can offer direct support and advice for brokerages of all sizes. We also see many lender exhibitors return year after year wanting to take full advantage of the opportunity to meet with professionals operating in the UK commercial finance sector.
Flying the flag for British Business
There had been concern from some that after Brexit, lenders would simply pull up the drawbridge and defer decisions until the smoke had cleared. But we are seeing moves to the contrary, while there is some hesitancy in certain sectors, the UK’s lenders are well and truly open for business and this show of strength will be clearly visible at the NACFB Commercial Finance Expo.
The NACFB holds a very privileged position. We can see that there is still a good level of funding available to UK SMEs. We also recognise that our economy is built on the hard work and innovation of small businesses, increasing awareness of alternative financing solutions – and the efforts of hardworking intermediaries – can prevent any further stifling economic growth enabling business owners to focus on what they do best.
An opportunity for lenders
The NACFB Commercial Finance Expo is a real opportunity for lenders, funders and large commercial brokers to promote themselves to the commercial finance broking community – as well as network with others in the industry. The event also provides a platform for legal advisers, valuers, and others who provide ancillary services to the commercial lending market.
There is a tight focus on commercial finance and the supply of services to the commercial finance industry. We welcome Exhibitors from the asset finance, development finance, bridging finance, invoice finance and commercial finance sector – a full list of confirmed exhibitors can be found on our event website and is updating all the time.
Our new event App
For the first time the attendees will be able to download a bespoke event mobile app in advance of the day itself. The app will feature the full agenda, listing keynote speakers and workshops, and enable delegates to book one-to-one conversations with any number of lender exhibitors.
Early bird registrations will receive advanced access to the app and priority booking for one-on-one meetings with exhibiting lenders.
For my colleague Norman Chambers, NACFB Managing Director, this will be his fifth NACFB Commercial Finance Expo. He shares my view that the event is a place to do business – first and foremost. He has seen deals made between brokers and lenders of all sizes, and seen connections forged that continued to be fruitful for years after.
Register you and your team today and find out more at www.commercialfinanceexpo.co.uk
If you would like to partner with us and exhibit at this year’s NACFB Commercial Finance Expo please enter the details of your organisation at www.commercialfinanceexpo.co.uk/exhibitors