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Gloucestershire Business Show

May 2016 saw over 3500 delegates flock to the Centaur for the county’s most talked about business event of the year – The Gloucestershire Business Show 2016. Now in its second year the show has been hailed as a
great success and organisers have already started looking ahead to next year’s event.

Having been named as Creative Partner for the event, delegates were hard pushed to miss the massive presence that The Roses had at the show across all elements of the two day event. The theatre’s high impact stand within the main exhibition space drew massive amounts of interest as people were keen to explore how working in partnership with the arts can benefit their marketing and brand awareness strategy with demonstratable rate of return, not to mention honour their commitment to CSR.

The exhibitors lounge gave real opportunity for exhibitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition space, and The Roses was proud to be co-sponsors of the area with Water Cooler World. The exhibitors lounge provided a space for real conversations to happen between exhibitors and their potential and existing clients. Beckie Smith, Director of Marketing and Development at The Roses co hosted a well attended on brand awareness with Creative Director Rebecca Denyer and Carol Jones from The Audience agency. Those of you who were at the show couldn’t have missed the ping pong balls being fired across the exhibition floor in advance of the seminar.

Then of course there was the Gala Dinner, a cocktail dress and black tie event which saw a number of exhibitors and delegates come together for a jam packed evening of delicious food provided by Fosters Catering, entertainment from The Roses Youth Theatre, and of course, The Punch Line Business Awards. Staff at The Roses hosted a table for the evening and were pleased to invite the company of Sheldon Whitney, director of Red Sixty, Tim and Mark from Charlton Networks, Amanda and Claire from Tewkesbury Park Hotel and Nicki from Halfords Butchers, Tewkesbury.

The Roses was delighted to have been part of the Investors diner, which brought Gloucestershire Business Show to a delightful close, as Deborah Rees and Jacqui Grange delivered a spot on pitch for investment to launch Phase 2 of The Roses Redevelopment Campaign. All this combined with early morning radio interviews with BBC Radio Gloucestershire, last minute seminar speaking, infinite conversations with potential new clients, lovely laughs with existing ones and very sore feet after two days of wearing heels, made for a very successful show. Other highlights from the show included specialist speakers, over 140 exhibitor’s stands, 60 seminars and workshops focusing on a wide variety of business matters, specialist hubs and rthe Business Kitchen and Business Advice Centre. Co-organiser Pete Allison said “ Everybody’s been smiling at me and nobody’s shouting at me which is alwats a goof marker. We have put alot of work into this show and we’ll take a few says off now to relax and will then start thinking about 2017.” The Roses is delighted to have been asked to be named Creative Partner for the 2017 already which means that next year will be even bigger and better for the theatre than it has been this year.

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