Independent hospitality roadshow reports overwhelming success

The inaugural Be My Guest roadshow took place this month in Southampton with more than 300 small accommodation providers turning up to meet new suppliers, listen to experts and network amongst each other to improve their businesses.

The event, which is supported by Luxury B&B magazine and Innkeeper magazine, was in its first iteration and was a runaway success with overwhelmingly positive feedback for the new concept both from exhibitors and visitors.

After Southampton, the first stop on the UK nationwide tour, event editions will be staged in Harrogate (21 February), Glasgow (28 February), Bristol (31 October), Penrith (20 November) and Norwich (27 November)

The free-to-attend regional event series is a brand-new concept that is being supported by event partners including The AA, Barclays, Google Digital Garage and Dreams Beds.

The events are designed to help owners and managers of independent hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, holiday rentals and other forms of hospitality business have a productive and immersive day out to learn, network and innovate.

The events incorporated a well-attended conference stacked with big names helping visitors learn by best practice. Taking to stage to impart valuable knowledge in Southampton included speakers from major international companies and trendsetters in the hospitality space such as Ensign Communications and YourWelcome.

The marketplace, where visitors could touch and see new products and services, was also a big hit with visitors who could mix with industry stakeholders like The AA as well as innovative new companies and concepts. Companies that joined in the roadshow journey included Nescafe, Heineken and Sage Appliances.

The Be My Guest roadshow was developed by the Quartz Smart Events team and is led by Diane Sheppard who said, “We couldn’t be happier with how the first event went – it was fantastic. We love working in this sector. The people are super-friendly and we love providing an event platform where visitors can learn, improve their businesses and network with other owners and managers.

“The first show finished just a few days ago but our event brains are already buzzing and whirring with new ideas and features we can add to make it even better.”

The next stop on the tour is Harrogate followed by Glasgow later this month. All editions of the roadshow receive business support from local destination organisations, which is a key point for the visitors as it allows them to meet and grow local networks to improve key business aspects like occupancy rates, revenue streams and online visibility.

The one-day shows are free to attend. Sign up by visiting