Hampshire Meet the Buyer (HMTB) returns for its third consecutive year, cementing its place as the region’s premier event for making B2B connections which genuinely boost the regional economy.

Taking place at the Portsmouth Marriott on June 11, the popular and hugely successful event, which connects corporates with top quality suppliers, is the brainchild of Becky Lodge, owner of marketing consultancy Little Kanga, based at Fareham Innovation Centre.

Running from 10am to 4pm, HMTB uses an event app (downloadable from the iOS or Android store a week before) to speed up the introduction process using their LinkedIn profiles. People with contracts to award meet a vast array of potential suppliers at an event which kickstarts conversations that lead to future business. Following a meeting at HMTB 2017 and follow up, Mountjoy awarded TJ Waste & Recycling an open rolling contract worth in excess of £300,000 a year.

Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth are joined in supporting the 2019 event by Corrigenda. From offices in Winchester and at Segensworth; Corrigenda delivers facilities management services, projects and capital works, and building fabric services.

Becky Lodge said: “We are very excited as were prepare to host another terrific and productive event. Genuine support from throughout the regional business community has made HMTB the stand out networking event for Portsmouth and the wider southern region.

“There are many existing employment opportunities, often connected with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries, something that has become evident at every Hampshire Meet the Buyer I have organised.

“HMTB has achieved a reputation for getting the right people in front of one another. When quality suppliers have those crucial conversations with those operators who issue contracts, business takes place, or connections are made which lead to future work.

“It’s getting known as ‘the event that gets results’ for two reasons. Firstly, people do not waste time, secondly, it brings the whole business life-cycle together. Regardless of national issues, business goes on. Local employers are recruiting engineering and technical staff, but every sector is represented.”

HMTB speakers include major names from London, The Sasha Group and Indiegogo. The former is a VaynerMedia company dedicated to unlocking explosive growth for businesses between $1 million and $100 million through education, consulting and marketing support. A global B2B digital marketing agency with offices in New York and London, Director of Partnerships Ben Benrubi, will deliver a keynote speaker session on the future of digital for B2B, corporates and small business and will also take part in a Q&A session with Becky to highlight future trends.

Indiegogo, one of the largest providers of global crowdfunding in the world, is where early adopters and innovation seekers find lively, imaginative technology before it hits the mainstream. It will deliver a keynote session on crowdfunding for start-ups and small businesses who may be wishing to find out more about crowdfunding as a source of fundraising for their start-up or small business. The Head of UK and Europe, Joel Hughes, will be in attendance to answer questions too.

Becky continued: “HMTB has awarded nearly half a million pounds worth of contracts to SMEs via the event during the last two years and we are expecting a bumper third year with quality senior and key decision makers in the room.”

Becky’s success (which includes the exponential growth of her StartUp Disruptors brand) lies in encouraging and guiding organisations about the need to innovate through digital and social media channels to better profile what they do, how and why they do it, and boost engagement with both existing and potential customers through devising and then implementing corporate innovation strategies. 

She is also the author of ‘Don’t Build Rollerskates for Birds’, charting her journey from a corporate world to successful self-employment.

Tickets for HMTB can be brooked on www.hampshiremtb.co.uk.

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