Success for first Shropshire BizFest

A new business networking event has taken Shrewsbury by storm, with over 150 business professionals attending Shropshire’s first-ever Bizfest.

Beth Heath, Shropshire Festival’s Director of Fun with Rob Hughes, MD and founder of Reech Media and Teresa Rowe from Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
Beth Heath, Shropshire Festival’s Director of Fun with Rob Hughes, MD and founder of Reech Media and Teresa Rowe from Shropshire Chamber of Commerce

The brainchild of Rob Hughes, MD and founder of Reech Media, Bizfest was conceived as the antidote to traditionally dry and dull networking events. To deliver this exciting new concept in networking, Reech Media teamed up with Shropshire Festivals and Shropshire Chamber of Commerce to create Shropshire BizFest.

With a modern and fresh outlook on a networking event, BizFest opened with a range of free seminars including the importance of Content & SEO, to The Power of a Good Brand and How to Make an Event a Success. As the more formal part of the afternoon closed, the festival began within a large festival tipi networking arena!

Reech Media’s Founder and Managing Director, Rob Hughes, commented:

“When we were approached by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce about putting together a new networking event, as a creative marketing agency we wanted to make sure we put our own spin on things, creating an event which was different, memorable and fun! Teaming up with Shropshire Festivals allowed us to make sure Shropshire BizFest was no ordinary networking event!”

Beth Heath, Shropshire Festival’s Director of Fun says:

“Networking in Shropshire can sometimes be quite dry and we wanted to shake things up and create an event where people could have an interesting and fun way of networking. What better way of doing it than eating street food, ice cream, doughnuts and having a beer – it was a fantastic evening!”

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive, Richard Sheehan comments:

“Partnering with Reech and Shropshire Festivals was without question a great way for us to build on our already successful model of networking events. It was extremely encouraging to meet so many new faces, as well as catching up with those who are already on the networking scene.”

Reech Media also took the opportunity to launch its exciting new suite of digital managed services – a range of ‘all-inclusive’ website requirements.

Other highlights from the event included live music from local folk band Two Blank Pages, Japanese street food, drinks and sweet treats provided by local suppliers Planet Doughnut, SoFood, Gindifferent Bar and the Shropshire Ice Cream Company.

Shropshire BizFest certainly went off without a hitch and exciting plans are already in place to make this an annual event, so watch this space – it’s the beginning of the new way to network!

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