A boutique business-focused photography service, based in Chiswick. This was Denise’s’ first time to the Heathrow Business Summit, having heard about the event through West London Business, Denise was keen to sign-up and promote her new business.
“Given my corporate business background, strong business pitch and people focus, I knew it was a great opportunity to introduce myself to some top-flight companies.
On the day of the event I met some very enthusiastic procurement staff who were super helpful with where they thought I would most likely be able to get opportunities within their companies and the names of the contacts. Having selected 6 companies, I picked up an additional 5 appointments on the day, so gained a healthy 11 meeting opportunities that would otherwise have taken a huge amount of time and resource to achieve.“
In between appointments, Denise managed the rest of her time networking and building new partnerships and attended the Cyber Crime seminar courtesy of the Met Police. Denise also took up the invite to attend the Stakeholder reception with Ian Ballentine, Procurement Director at Heathrow, and Joanne Freeman, Deputy Regional Director for UKTI, which provided other opportunities to meet and talk with other delegates and UKTI representatives, as well as gain some good context and insights into life at Heathrow and beyond.
Denise met with Tom Brooks, Enterprise and Support Officer, Hounslow Borough Council and made a great impression – by successfully winning her first contract the following day to photograph the Small Business Saturday Business that took place on 20 November 2015 – only 9 days after the Business Summit!
“I’ve also been actively following up other leads from the event too. So for me the Heathrow Business Summit has been a great success and for local business all round. It’s been fabulous to see what comes of exploring different events and just getting yourself out there.
A big ‘thank you’ to the Heathrow team!”