Mortgage Business Expo 2005, held at Earls Court on November 16 and 17, attracted 4,619 visitors this year. In a like for like comparison of last years Mortgage Business Expo which pulled in over 4,250 attendees making it another record for the show with a 9% increase.
Organisers Clarion Events say that both the show and the seminar programme attracted more intermediaries than last year.
New innovations included a broker zone, an executive club and a technology zone. The seminar programme was sponsored by Preferred and ran in two theatres with one managed by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the other managed by the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries.
Chris Cummings, director of AMI says: The seminars were well attended this year and I felt that we had some good speakers and some challenging presentations. We had researched our members about their thoughts on the most important issues facing their businesses and we made the top five our seminar topics and it seems to have worked well.
John Woods, chief executive of Moneyfacts and who chaired some of the CML programme, says: “It was a great pleasure to chair such a diverse series of sessions. It is always good when you can hear from experts in their field and I’m sure everyone found them invaluable.”
Lisa Jolliffe, press spokeswoman of Preferred, says: The Expo is a key event in the industry calendar and once again the quality of visitors has been very high. We are delighted to have sponsored the seminar programme for the second year.
Dean Mirfin, business development director of Key Retirement Solutions and spokesman at the equity release seminar, says: This is an event that you can actually enjoy coming to and you cant say that about every exhibition. The feedback that I have had is that people do see the benefit of coming here.
Alison Beech, director of Rooftop Mortgages says: We had a fantastic show. We used it to announce a product range and the response that we had was very positive.
David Tulluck, director at Paymentshield, says: We had a good quality of enquiry this year, with people asking detailed questions about ways to make more out of each mortgage transaction. We had some worthwhile discussions with both large and small businesses.
Dean Robertson, director of the One Account, says: This is a good opportunity to interact with our broker partners and we have used the show to talk about our intermediary-only products, which have been very well received.
Daniel Nwaokolo, show manager, of Clarion Events says: The show was a phenomenal success. You only need to look at the re-bookings for proof, they are up 400% on last year. We are naturally delighted with the response from attendees and exhibitors and are thoroughly looking forward to making Expo 2006 and even bigger success.