We’ve all now had chance to recover from what was, yet again, a fantastic run of events throughout April and May! Our first event kicked off in late April at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, followed by Farnborough Five, before moving to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry in early May. From Coventry we hopped to Manchester for our show at Event City and then onto our national show at Olympia, London. Our final show was held at Elland Road, Leeds. Phew!
Over 3,300 publicans were welcomed through eilive doors this year, to check out the newest products and ideas, meet with some of the industry’s leading suppliers, see cooking demonstrations and enjoy beer and cider tastings. Of the 170 outstanding suppliers in attendance, we had the likes of Cider of Sweden, AB InBev, Heineken UK, Timothy Taylor & Co, Greene King, Black Sheep Brewery and Adnams, Exmoor Ales, all giving out delicious samples to our guest.
Live & Loud provided a fantastic soundtrack, showcasing The Iphonics, one of the exceptionally talented bands that they have on their books. Their brilliant vocals entertained guests throughout the day, giving a taste of what music can bring to the atmosphere of your pub.
On top of the suppliers, music and tasters available, publicans who registered to attend, also received a book of vouchers worth more than £8,000, which they could use to redeem great deals and enter prize draws at the shows. Key prizes included a FREE prize draw entry to win £500 credit on their account.
We were also delighted to welcome over 180 prospective publicans to the event, who came along to talk to our recruitment team about the pub business opportunities we have available across the country. Perhaps next year, they will be attending as an Ei Publican Partnerships publican!
Of course, there is always room for improvement, so we were sure to ask our visitors what they thought of our show! Over 300 people completed our publican survey on the day, with some outstanding results. 82% of those who completed our survey gave 4 or 5/5 for the eilive layout, 88% gave 4 or 5/5 for the amount of suppliers available on the day, and 91% gave 4 or 5/5 for the quality of suppliers.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended eilive 2017. Our suppliers, show organisers, our Ei Publican Partnerships team and of course, our publicans!
If you have any feedback or stories you would like to share from your experience at eilive 2017, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.