Once again the weather was kind to all those attending the Carnival and the day was well attended by families making the most of the weather. The Vanfest went on outside with some VERY tidy, spotless vans. While that was happening various exhibitors inside displayed our wares. As we’re also carpet cleaners it was good to see the new kit and solutions on offer and we purchased a few bits for our own carpet cleaning business too.
It was encouraging how so many of the suppliers are looking to help their customers grow, they’re not just about selling kit or solutions, they want to help their clients too. A few approached us on the day interested in promoting our GetBokedUp software to help their clients grow their business. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting links to their websites with details of offers they have too.
As always it was a great chance to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Several existing users dropped by the stand to chat and some new people joined us too. It was good to hear that the word is spreading about GetBookedUp, with several people saying they knew someone who used it and wanted to take a look for themselves. There were a variety of enquiries, people who had just started and had only been trading a couple of weeks, from those with no database and just years and years of diaries full of details they were desparate to do something with, those with other software looking for more features than their existing software had, and those with admin staff and multiple technicians looking for something to help them run the office more efficiently. A real mixed bag which made the day interesting talking to carpet cleaners of all types. Thanks to our new users, you know where we are if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
One of the highlights of the day for me was the great cause run by John and Jan Brydon – Kirty’s Kids. The money they raised on the day was over £1700 by the end and John and Jan explained what a difference that will make. The auction of items donated by various suppliers raised over £1000, with the rest coming from Raffle ticket sales and donations. I couldn’t resist a 6ft tall teady bear for my Niece, she’ll love it. You can find out more about Kirsty’s Kids here http://www.kirstyskids.org/ if you can help in any way, even if it’s just by sharing their link on Facebook, please do so. The work John and Jan do is amazing, with every penny going into the fund. John has already ridden around the coast of the UK, every little B road and costal track, not just the cosy main roads. Take a look at their website. His next major trip sets off on July the 4th, from Johns home town in Scotland to Moscow, the long way round! I’ve already put it in my diary to join him on the leg from his home down to the ferry port in Hull on the 4th July 2013.
We’ll that’s it for another year. We’ll be at next years show without a doubt. I think the NCCA have started something that was needed and wanted and those in our industry. What do you think?