Explorers Report: RIFT at Kent B2B Tonbridge 2015

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Getting a small business up and running can seem like a mountain to climb, and RIFT's Base Camps are designed to be the ideal place to train and equip yourself for the expedition. At Kent B2B on the 27th of March, in the wilds of Tonbridge, we established our first camp and set about welcoming new and veteran adventurers alike.

The night before the event, RIFT Accounting MD Jane Ollis was the runner-up in the Business Woman of the Year (under 3 years in current role or company) category of the Kent Women in Business Awards - an honour won by RIFT Group MD Jan Post last year.  Congratulations to category winner Denise Kesson of YourPhysioPlan.com.

With energy levels high all round, the RIFT team built our shelters, checked for polar bears and broke out the mint cake in preparation for the coming storm. Our blizzard of guests included noted explorers from Dakota Blue Consulting, Evolution for Women and the mighty Hammond Consultancy, along with experts from the Teague Consultancy and Fan Business Solutions. With RIFT Accounting sponsoring the Business Bunker Show, we were delighted to have Paul Andrews and Jules Serkin as communications officers of the camp. Interviews with visitors and guests were recorded throughout the day and you can stream or download yourself a copy of them from the Business Bunker site.

If you really want a tast of what it was like live Lavender Blue captured the day on video.

The feedback we've had from the event's explorers and adventurers has been amazing. Here are just a few of the comments we received:

"The West Kent B2B was the most successful exhibition we have attended. We have a high number of people needing help to follow up, including an urgent quotation required by one of the delegates. It was great to be part of the RIFT community on the day and there really was a sense of togetherness."

" I met lots of new faces and caught up with folks I haven’t seen in ages.  Great networking too with other exhibitors and the Chamber staff."

" I would like to extend my most grateful thanks to RIFT for the opportunity to join you at the West Kent B2B on Friday."

"It was a very fruitful event, indeed much better than I had anticipated. Meeting the other RIFT customers was also a very good aspect of the event, with a good sense of community between us."

"Excellent event – thank you!"

"I met some lovely people and really good contacts."

"Thank you for the opportunity."

The Kent B2B was just the first of the RIFT Accounting Base Camps. The next camp will be at Kent2020 on May 13th and will star our newly adopted Alpaca, Sasha, along with other special guests, so watch this space for information on upcoming events and listen out for more Voices from the RIFT!

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