BCC Kenya really teaches its European counterparts how to host an event!
After recently becoming a member of the British Chambers of Commerce, I was invited to a networking breakfast hosted by BCC Kenya at the Capital Club in Nairobi.
Having absorbed the breath-taking view of the capital and the remarkable venue itself, I was completely astounded at the turnout. While I have been to several networking events in the UK, the numbers usually only reach around 15-20 at the most. The conference room was filled with over 120 guests, ranging from huge institutionalised companies to SMEs, including attendance from the British High Commissioner himself!
The conference featured an interesting and informative talk on economic and political stability in East Africa. I learned a lot about corporate corruption in the nation and how businesses operating in East Africa can take measures to protect themselves. For example, leading Kenyan communications company Safaricom has introduced a superb mobile payment method called M-Pesa, aimed at reducing both corruption in money handling in the region as well as minimising infection from money passing hands.
CEO of BCC Kenya, Jonathan Huxley had done a fantastic job of organising the event. Commencing promptly at 7 AM (which is quite surprising for anyone who’s experienced the notoriously African ‘better late than never’ philosophy) it was superbly executed from start to finish. In fact, Jonathan confessed to having been at the club since 4 AM, just to ensure that everything was perfect – and it was. Though the setting was tremendously formal and posh, the environment was quite the opposite. Now I can probably talk for the whole of England, and it quickly became apparent that I was in very good company. Everyone who attended was extremely friendly and outgoing; there wasn't one dull moment, being introduced to tons of new faces and delving into new conversations.
All in all, it was an incredibly organised networking event at a beautiful venue with plenty of great company. I think events’ organisers in the UK can definitely learn a thing or two from their Kenyan counterparts! A huge thank you to BCC Kenya for their exceptional hospitality!