Published: 09:13, 23 May 2018
| Updated: 09:14, 23 May 2018
Organisers of the Kent Vision Live show have confirmed dates for next year - and that the event will have a new name.
There was a record turnout at the event held at the Kent Event Centre in Detling last week, with more than 3,000 people from across the county and south east attending.
Attendance this year was up 10% on 2017.
This year's special guests included BBC presenter Steph McGovern, former The Apprentice star Ruth Badger and former captain of the England women's rugby team Catherine Spencer.
But now Pembury-based organisers Revolution Events say from 2019 it will be known as Business Vision Live.
First started in 2005 as Kent 20/20 Vision the event has grown year-on-year and Revolution hopes its new branding will underline its appeal outside of the county's borders.
Explained Rich Tribe, joint managing director of Revolution: "Whilst our location at the Kent Event Centre and our local expertise will always ensure a strong Kent bias, the event has slightly outgrown its name and already attracts an audience from all over the south east.
“We are keen to keep extending our geographical reach to generate even more business for the hundreds of exhibitors that take part each year – and this will be helped significantly by a name that more accurately reflects the event’s breadth and inclusivity.”
Business Vision Live will debut on May 15, 2019 and continue to be run in close collaboration with founding partners Kent County Council, the KM Media Group and the Kent Event Centre.
Among the well-known faces, this year's event featured speakers from the Bank of England, the Institute of Directors (IoD), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Google’s Digital Garage.
The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce provided a round-up of strategic infrastructure developments around the county – with insights into future plans for the Lower Thames Crossing, HS3 and the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford – and in the second annual Big Brexit Lunch, senior panellists from Brachers, Kreston Reeves, Visit Kent and the Kent County Landowners Association discussed the impact of labour shortages after leaving the EU, especially for important Kent industries such as agriculture and tourism.
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