Yesterday, I spent a very long, but productive morning at the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Show, which was again held at Cheltenham Racecourse. The car park was full, there were more exhibitors there and the different ‘zones’ appeared to have a real ‘buzz’ about them this year than in 2015 when I last attended.
It was lovely to see a few familiar faces, as well as be introduced to many new individuals or local companies/associations/organisations. Although it is important to put everything in writing these days, you cannot beat meeting people face-to-face. Half the battle when trying to coordinate initiatives is knowing who to deal with; days like these can provide you with that essential information and so save precious time.
I have a number of leads to pursue today, which will, hopefully, offer some future authoring and consultancy work. Bringing local schools and business together can be hugely effective, as I have seen first-hand many times in the past. Not only is the financial support welcomed by schools, particularly in light of the current budget cuts, but companies/associations/organisations also gain from the related publicity, both on- and offline. In addition, the community spirit that such projects often generate makes all the time and effort steering these events extremely gratifying.