16 Apr 2013
Bishop's Move have just attended Channel 4's eighteenth A Place in the Sun Live at London's famous Olympia venue on 12th-14th April, along with 150 other exhibitors and we thought we'd share our show experience with you.
The exhibition consisted of agents and developers from around the world selling property from all the popular destinations. The fact that there were 30 exhibitors selling property in Spain, including Taylor Wimpey Spain, MASA International and Property Repossessions Spain, as well as estate agents from Madrid, rural inland Spain , the Costas and specialists from the Balearic and Canary Islands, saw many of our stand's visitors definitely having a strong interest in moving to Southern Spain.
But we also saw many people with an interest in moving to Northern France. The exhibition had a dedicated French Property Village occupied by French estate agents and other property specialists such as French-Property.com, Best Property Overseas Investments, Agence Galerie and Leggett Immobilier. It was nice to see FC Exchange, a foreign exchange company, sponsoring the French Village.
There were also Italian, Portuguese and Florida Property Pavilions - all hosting a wide variety of specialist services from the Italian Chamber of Commerce to informative seminars on mortgages, banking and taxes in Portugal.
The show had a great vibe, especially on the Saturday (it's busiest day). It was great to talk to fellow stand holders, especially RightMove, who were interested in our shortly to be released International widget - as quick way to get a quote to move abroad (watch this space for more on this.).
We even got a glimpse of the stars of Channel 4's "A Place in the Sun" TV show; Jonnnie Irwin, Jasmine Harmine and Laura Hamilton.
We had a little fun of our own at the exhibition by running a competition with a case of champagne. We had over 40 entries and the winner will be announced shortly by email.
Overall the event was very enjoyable, a great place to network and meet customers face-to-face. Plus we have walked away from the show with the good feeling that people are still actively looking to move abroad - the process just seems to be taking a little longer in the current financial market.
We're looking forward to the next one at Birmingham's NEC. Visit A Place in the Sun for more.