NACFB Expo 2011: last few stands and comments

NACFB Expo 2011: last few stands and comments


The time is ticking for those who still want to be involved in this year’s NACFB Expo.

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) has announced the date of its 2011 Commercial Finance Expo, which will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on 29th June.

Following the success of last year’s Expo, where 850 brokers registered to meet 56 exhibitors, the announcement of the 2011 Expo - which was made just two weeks ago - has already roused significant interest.

So far there are at least 50 exhibitors signed up, and 30 of these signed up almost immediately after they witnessed the success of the 2010 event. One of these was Affirmative Finance, who secured their place for 2011 at the earliest opportunity.

Roger Morris, sales and marketing director at Affirmative Finance, said: “There was a very good atmosphere at the Expo last year because all of the brokers attended for good reasons and not just for the freebies. We also found that there was a good ambience among the lenders, as they were each explaining their own specialities rather than trying to outplay one another.”

Another exhibitor who was keen to return after last year was First Merchant Finance. Richard Hamlin, a Director at the company, said: “All of the brokers at the Expo last year were very keen to get into commercial finance or to learn more about it. We made a lot of new contacts at the event and we’re looking forward to this year as well.”

The Expo will also incorporate the NACFB Annual Conference which is due to take place in the seminar theatre on the day.

Chief Executive of the NACFB, Adam Tyler, said: “We brought together all aspects of the commercial finance industry for the first time last year with representatives from asset finance, commercial mortgages, buy-to-let, vehicle finance and factoring, all under one roof.”

He added: “We have enhanced the event this year, with a larger number of stands available, more sponsorship opportunities, a VIP area for members and a full seminar programme in the conference theatre.”

And within the current economic climate, there is an even greater need to bring together the key players in this industry.

Rob Lankey, MD of Aldermore Commercial Mortgages, who have also confirmed as exhibitors, said: “The current climate has made everyone highly aware of the need to be involved in expanding areas of commercial finance. Last year we had representatives from across all our SME business units (Commercial mortgages, Invoice Finance and Asset Finance) and the brokers expressed an interest in all of these areas.”

By Katie-Jill Rowland

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