Q: Who can attend?
A: The event is open to SME companies in the local area.
Q: How can I book?
A: Click Here to go to the Book Now page.
Q: How do I know if the buyers want what I supply?
A: When our buyers confirm attendance they complete a 'Purchasing Requirement Form'. This form contains both their general areas of interest, and specific details about procurement needs in the upcoming six to eighteen months.
From these forms, we compile a "Buyers' Catalogue" containing all their requirements, listed by buyer. Then, select up to fourteen in priority order with whom you would like to meet.
Q: How are my meetings allocated?
A: When we receive your meeting requests they are entered into a computer system. You are issued appointments based on your compatibility with their requirements, and the order in which you requested them.
After this point we manually edit the lists, to ensure everyone receives the maximum number of relevant appointments.
We recommend that you read the catalogue thoroughly and pick buyers who require your products/services, as our matching process will allocate your meetings based on these requirements.
In the event that we are unable to match you for less than 4 appointments, we will offer you the opportunity to withdraw with a full refund.
Q: How many meetings can I have?
A: We endeavour to schedule as many meetings as possible, but on average we expect to organise seven meetings for each supplier. Our matching process often exceeds this, sometimes allocating up to twelve.
Each Buyer’s appointments for the day are shown by their station, and Suppliers can book in where the schedule allows.
Q: How long are the meetings?
A: Your meetings will last 10 minutes each. You will be surprised at how easily this can be enough time to get that vital first introduction, stimulate interest in your product or service, and agree upon a course of action.
Q: When will I receive my appointment calendar?
A: To give you the opportunity to edit your appointment request list in case of last-minute buyer sign-ups, we issue appointment schedules a week in advance of the event.
Q: Can I bring a colleague?
A: Our basic fee structure is per delegate. If you would like to double your meetings for the day to increase your exposure to potential buyers, you are welcome to register two delegates for the Meet the Buyer event. Otherwise, a second delegate from the same company is £50 + VAT for SME and £100 + VAT for larger organisations.
Q: How much does Meet the Buyers cost?
A: The cost per delegate from an SME is: £125+ VAT. For a non-SME the cost is £325 +VAT.
Q: How many buyers will be there on the day?
A: Last year 45 buyers attended the event, this year intend to have more. A number of exhibitors and speakers will also be present, increasing networking opportunities when you are not in meetings.
Q: Can I bring my products to show the buyers?
A: Yes, as long as you can easily move them from booth to booth and carry them around with you during the day.
Q: Are refreshments included?
A: A buffet lunch is provided, and tea, coffee and water are free-flowing throughout the day.
Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: We ask that all attendees arrive at least 20 minutes before their first appointment so they can register, settle in, and familiarise themselves with the layout. Additional appointments may be available on the day, so arriving early also allows you to book for last-minute meetings.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Follow signs to the Blue Car Park, next to the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Do not park at the Radisson Blu Hotel. A free exit ticket will be given to you at the event.
Q: What is the definition of an SME?
A: An SME is defined as having less than 250 employees. An SME cannot be more than 25% owned by a company outside these parameters.