Blue-chips keep low profiles
There was no sign of many of the blue-chips which usually grace exhibition halls in the Brighton Centre and the Metropole Hotel. NTL provided some e-mail terminals, but that aside there was little in the way of innovation.
As far as lobbying firms go, all the major players prefer a quiet word in the ear of a selected party hack or special adviser - few are so crass as to publicly advertise their services in such a public manner. The exception to that rule is information provider DeHavilland which had a small stand tucked away in a corner of the auxiliary hall. 'We have 20 staff covering all the events here,' says business development head Conor Burns, 'and we wanted to give other exhibitors a chance to see the most comprehensive monitoring tool here.'