Resource Event 2015
Well what a busy week we've had...!!
Reuseful UK at short notice were invited to the resource event at The ExCel in London from 3 - 5th March 2015. A LOT of preparation in a short space of time...!
We needed to resource and create an exhibition stand to make the most of this great opportunity to show the business community what we have to offer.
Resource is the largest free to attend circular economy event with 11,000 people attendeding to view and listen to 90 exhibitors, and 120 speakers, including businesses such as Marks and Spencer, Barratt Homes, Jaguar Land Rover. As well as policy and decision makers such as Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet, and Josefina Lindblam, the Policy Officer for the European Commission and of course our two trustees Karen Cannard - The Rubbish Diet and Gilli Hobbs - BRE.
Particular interest in Reuseful UK Network came from IKEA, Caterpillar, Evening Standard, Travis Perkins and Canon ... all great companies who would be great to have on board supporting and donating.
With only days to prepare, all hands were on deck to source materials for the stand at the exhibition. Picture frames were donated and picked up from local stores, hand painted by members of CCORRN to house photos of scrap materials, which looked stunning. Flyers and business cards were continuously printed to hand out to businesses, companies and members of the public (of which we are proud to say left us with only two remaining).
Having to travel back and forth between March and London every day, starting out at 6am, dealing with the stress of the daily commute, and making sure everything ran smoothly. This had taken its toll on the whole team working up to 50 hours in a week 35 more than scheduled, but the results were worth it...
A huge thank you to all that helped over the three days, especially the Resource team who supported us being there, and for giving Reuseful UK the opportunity to speak at the conference. Our stall was decorated by a large, crafted bee, made by recognised and highly respected artist Michelle Reader, a beautiful piece of work caused such a buzz, that people made a beeline straight for us.
All the efforts have paid off due to an abundance of interest from businesses, companies, and the public, but the hard work really starts now follwing up those leads and transforming those into actual resources for our members.