EHTF was asked to partner this event and spent over a year in consultation with the organisers IBE Ltd, to encourage more interaction at the event between public and private sector practitioners.
I was surprised and delighted by the amount of attention generated by the EHTF stand, which was shared by sponsor/partners Land Securities plc and RPS Planning, Transport & Environment. With colleagues, we were kept constantly busy answering queries about our work and offers to work with us in the future. It is our aim to translate these contacts into new members and partners for projects now and in the future.
The business card competition was won by Mouchel Parkman, who have free Corporate Membership for one year.
The Reception held on the evening of 28 February to begin the 20th Anniversary celebrations was very well attended and it was good to see many old friends as well as to make new acquaintances. The highlight of this event was the presentation, by the organisers IBE, of a large cake adorned with the EHTF logo, which was cut and distributed with great ceremony!
Sponsor/partners Gillespies and Colin Buchanan were also represented at the exhibition with independent stands.
As part of the whole event EHTF was pleased to Chair a conference on 'Designing & Planning for Sustainable Communities' and to hold its own seminar entitled 'Historic Towns: maintaining identity and place' which offered the opportunity to showcase some of the work we are currently engaged in.
We have already been asked to participate next year, but this will of course be decided after an analysis of the benefits of the additional exposure.
My thanks go to everyone who helped to support this event, both on and off the stand.