Tomorrow marks the start of The Business Show’s 41st exhibition, taking place at ExCeL London. Here’s everything you need to know, from who should attend to exhibitors not to miss, and how you can make the most of the day.
What is it?
Europe’s largest and fastest growing business event. The Business Show is the most comprehensive exhibition, conference and networking hub designed specifically for the growth of start-ups, SMEs and even large corporations.
Bigger and better
The Business Show is now in its 17th year, and is expecting its biggest turnout to date, with over 25,000 visitors and an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, including VP EMEA of Twitter Bruce Daisley, Aron Gelbard from Bloom & Wild, and 2018’s Apprentice winner Sian Gabbidon. Every visitor at The Business Show will get access to two dedicated networking areas, designed to facilitate conversation and engagement between delegates, exhibitors and sponsors.
As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a series of masterclasses, including ‘Intellectual Property Explained’ from the Intellectual Property Office, ‘Boost Your Memory in One Hour’ by Genius in 21 Days, and ‘Better Business Accounts Masterclass’ from challenger bank Revolut. There will also be a unique speed networking session sponsored by Dell, providing the perfect opportunity to make valuable connections.
Exhibitors and speakers not to miss
This year there will be a staggering 134 speakers at The Business Show and hundreds of exhibitors. Since it’s impossible to see everyone, here are the five who we think are particularly inspiring and innovative in the work they do, and who shouldn’t be missed.
With an impressive 45 years’ experience in the bailiff and enforcement industry, Constant & Co takes great pride in their professionalism to deliver ethical effective enforcement on a wide range of services. The company started as a small family run business, founded by the late Bryan Constant, and from these humble beginnings has ensured that despite its growth, its ethos and core values still remain today.
With a wealth of experience both in the field and in administrational support, the combination of these factors critically guarantees that they will provide a specialised personal, but professional service to their clients. Constant & Co now work with some of the largest managing agents, commercial landlords, large retailers, solicitors and local authorities in the country.
As well as being Chair of LGBTQ charity Mind Out, Dominic Arnall is Head of Programme Management for the mental health charity Mind, working specifically on the Time to Change campaign. Time to Change is the largest mental health campaign in the UK, which focuses on encouraging people to talk about mental health and reduce the stigma and discrimination felt by people with mental health problems.
Dominic previously worked as Head of Projects and Programmes for LGBT charity Stonewall, leading international and domestic programmes to advance equality for LGBT people in the UK, including collaborating with the Church of England on their first ever guidance for transgender people. At The Business Show, Dominic will be talking about the work Time to Change engage in with over 1,000 employers in the UK and how the campaign supports them in tackling mental health stigma in the workplace.
Paul Uppal is the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner. The government post set up in 2017 is dedicated to tackling the issue of late payment to businesses, particularly small companies of 15 employees or less, who often suffer significant financial consequences as a result. Since starting the venture around 15 months ago, Paul and his team have already recovered a remarkable £3.7 million for SMEs.
Paul has run his own successful small business in the construction and real estate sector for over 20 years and realised early on that even a sound business would soon go under if a culture of late payment was allowed to take hold. In his seminar at The Business Show, he will highlight the issues of late payments, the scale of the problem in the UK, and the best practice for SMEs for invoicing and managing payment terms in decreasing the likelihood of late payment.
Starling Bank knew business banking needed to change, so built a new kind of business account from scratch; one designed to help small business owners spend less time banking, and more time running their company. Enter Starling for Business – a mobile business bank account with zero monthly fees, helpful spending tools and instant alerts when you pay a corporate bill or someone pays an invoice.
Helen Bierton, Head of Retail at Starling, is one of The Business Show’s keynote speakers and will deliver a seminar on how mobile banking can save your business time and money. She will show how Starling have pioneered a new approach to business current account banking, meeting the needs of today’s entrepreneurs and freeing up their time.
Animo Associates was established in 2004 to provide innovative corporate and advisory services worldwide. They have over 140 staff including qualified accountants, corporate secretaries, lawyers, HR and compliance professionals. Most of the company’s directors have over 20 years’ industry experience, and the business has a strong ethos of building relationships with clients based on trust and discretion. In addition, its affiliate accountancy practice based in Rochdale offers a wide range of UK & International tax and accountancy services.
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