Expo feedback demanded presence of missing lenders

In my review of the Mortgage Business Expo Manchester in the May 28 issue of Mortgage Strategy, I made reference to the delegate feedback we collected at the event, which took place on May 16 and 17.

Feedback from both delegates and exhibitors was positive when it came to the show’s specialist focus, our seminar theatres and the overall content.

However, it was clear that a number of delegates were disappointed not to see some of the larger residential lenders exhibiting.

While most of the residential len-ders are exhibiting at the London Expo in November, a small number didn’t make it to Manchester.

We would have loved to have them in attendance and hope this feedback encourages them to look again at their reasons not to come.

Brokers wanted to speak with and visit these lenders at the Manchester show and hope those lenders who did not attend will change their mind and make it up North next year.

Brokers and independent financial advisers in the region want these len-ders to attend and we will do all we can to facilitate this.

We believe that the Mortgage Business Expo and Financial Services exhibitions have become key parts of the mortgage and financial services calendar. But we want to make sure that we continue to improve our offering.

To this end, it is important that we converse with the industry to deliver a show that ticks all the boxes for both delegates and exhibitors.

To deliver this, in the run-up to the London Expo in November, we will en-gage with a wide variety of industry professionals, brokers and IFAs to get their opinion on the shows and the areas that still need work.

No exhibition is perfect and while we believe the positives far outweigh the negatives, we know there are areas where we can improve, new sectors we can explore and enhancements we can make to visitors’ and delegates’ experience of the Expos.

We consider that the Manchester show was a success. The fact that visitor numbers were 10% up on last year underlines the show’s pre-eminence in the financial services calendar.

We also know there is much work to be done with the industry to produce a definitive show that has the right format and content, not just for the mortgage market, but also for the wider financial services sector that many brokers now find themselves working in.

This work has already begun and we hope to see all Mortgage Strategy readers at the London Expo to see the results of our ongoing engagement with the industry.

Daniel Nwaokolo
Show director
Mortgage Business Expo Manchester
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