Where has the year gone? It only seemed like yesterday that we were dragging along our banners, bugs and boxes of chocolate Lindts into Euston Square as we prepared for NHFCOMMS 2016.

A full year later and while the venue may have changed, the running over cobbled streets with banners, bugs and even more chocolate Lindts remained the same.

The impressive 99 City Road Conference Centre in Shoreditch was our home for the day, that was if we could get there in time (who thought parking in London would be scarce?)

It wasn’t long before our stand was up, the delegates and exhibitors were mixing, and our generously upgraded 65-inch tele was lighting up the room, whilst also tanning anyone who came within five feet of it.

As a video production company, we’ve taken great pride in our work within social housing over the last eight years – but we’ve also taken so much from what we’ve learned about the people working within this sector. The passion and the drive never fails to impress us and that’s something we like to think we have in common.

The theme of the event was ‘tell your story’ (‘via video’ we subtly mentioned about forty times). What better way to tell your story than through video – a medium that can be altered, changed and adapted by just a few clicks and a drag of the mouse (It is harder than that but we hope we make it look easy). For the past few years, we have been promoting the term case studies which is in fact the person in questions journey. The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW is our storyboard and it was refreshing to hear the speakers of the day encourage this.

If you ever thought these housing events could be quiet, or there could be a lull, forget about it. There’s not much chance of that when your stand is six feet away from enthusiastic group that are Resource. If it’s not capes and masks being put on by the smiling delegates, then its people desperate to get their hands on their latest creation Desk Buddy (not literally hands on, he is a cactus after all).

Lunch came, and not a moment too soon. The only time of the day I think I didn’t want people to come up and ask questions! 😉 The afternoon then flew by and before we knew it, it was 4pm and the show was coming to a close. All in all it was a fantastic day where we not only got to meet new people, but also catch up with some great friends.

If only the drive out of London had been so smooth.

Thank you to everyone who came and took the time to chat with us. Thank you Nick from Resource for telling us where the service elevator was (shaved an hour off our drive home). Thank you to the waitress for slyly placing a cookie on my table after hearing my stomach yearning for it. Thank you to Foremarke for putting together another great event. And thank you for reading this.

We’ll see you next year.

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