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Creating a buzz at the Master Investor Show

07 April 2017

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On a beautiful sunny Saturday in London myself, Alex Wilson, the Department’s Events Executive and Katie Nicholson from angel investor network 'Bridge' headed to the Business Design Centre in Islington for the Master Investor Show.

This was my first visit to Master Investor and it turned out to be a bit of a journey into the unknown as the conference boasts some 4,000 visitors to what is the UK’s largest event aimed at informing, inspiring and educating private investors. The Master Investor Show brings together private investors of all portfolio sizes to hear keynote talks from celebrity investors and gain access to new investment opportunities. The attendees ranged across a whole spectrum from private equity investors and entrepreneurs to high net worth individuals and businesses seeking growth funding or investment.

This set the agenda for the day – an 8am start accompanied by Komati's brilliant TT Zero motorbike – and we faced more than eight hours of sustained activity at our stand where we estimate we engaged directly with around 280 people.

To say it was the busiest conference stand I have ever been on would be an understatement – before we knew it, it was 5.30pm and time for a well-earned rest when we could eventually start to reflect on the day.

The energy in the room generated from some great speakers such as Jim Mellon and Justin Urquhart Stewart – produced a vibrant environment and a constant flow of people throughout the room – which held some 90-plus exhibitors. This in turn helped generate lots of people who want to know more about the Isle of Man and what it has to offer, including a couple who are now planning to head to the Island on holiday – and I hope to see them when they are here. Lots of discussion about what a great place the Island is for incubator and IT related businesses and with quite a number of follow ups planned as a result.

Our attendance at the conference was to highlight to a wide audience that the Isle of Man is the place to business and subsequently I was amazed by the response we had on our social media channels. My posts on LinkedIn from two days after the conference recorded more than 4,000 hits.

All in all a very busy and tiring day for us all, but it proved to be a worthwhile visit and one I really hope we do again.

Jim Mellon is one of the guest speakers at ISLEXPO, a business event being hosted on the Isle of Man by the Department of Economic Development on 24th and 25th May.

Find out more about the available travel packages to the Island for the conference here.

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