Why the recent Recruitment Expo at the NEC was undoubtedly a worthwhile and an invaluable experience for us

How time flies……It’s been 2 weeks now since we attended the Recruitment Expo at the NEC. The team were all incredibly excited to be at the show this year, given it was the first occasion Outsauce have exhibited at this event. And what an event it turned out to be.

Having attended the show in Birmingham and London every year for the past 3, I found it interesting to see the shift in exhibitors, from being heavy on Umbrella Payroll and Accounting providers only a couple of years ago to this event where it was the technology that was stealing the show. A sign of the times I feel and indicative of the shifting sands in the legislative.

The two days were crammed with quality speakers and being opposite the training zone, we were able to catch a number of them. One particularly interesting session delivered by Green Umbrella saw folks spilling out of the training zone, such is the relevance of the subject matter these days (I guess the buckets of fantastic free hints and tips also helped draw the crowds) – Thanks Julia Doherty.

It struck me how discerning the attendees were. I always have a little nervousness when investing time and money into an event, keen to get a return on investment and unsure whether people want to engage. I was delighted to be put at ease by midday on day 1. Maybe it was the lure of our chomping money boxes (who wouldn’t want one of those), but there was a great deal of interest in our services.

Having the stand seemed to really help people identify with the brand and give us the opportunity to get into some meaningful and often in depth discussions with recruiters about their challenges and ideals relating to cash-flow, flexibility and service.

Being jam packed full of experience, knowledge and shared stories, the Expo has undoubtedly been worthwhile and an invaluable experience particularly for our account managers and support staff who supported our stand over the 2 days. As well as being able to showcase our services, it has provided insight and understanding of our market which will help us continue to improve our products and services.

In addition to the quirky Money Boxes, we had a number of prizes and our ‘Finding Bemo’ game has provided our winner of the brand new Amazon ‘Echo’. Congratulations to Emma McGuigan from Smile Education.

​Thanks for having us #NEC, see you next year!

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