Business expos, trade shows and other business events and exhibitions can prove incredibly useful to your business so make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to expand your business with our list of some of the biggest and best events in 2018 and beyond.
Attending or exhibiting at business shows can have a number of benefits for your business, allowing you to:
- Keep up to date with industry trends, new products or services
- Discover what your competition is doing
- Make connections with new clients and suppliers
- Receive immediate answers to any questions that you have as you can speak to people face to face
- Attend talks, seminars and workshops with industry experts who you are otherwise unlikely to have access to
There are numerous different sizes and specialisms of business and trade shows running through the year and in venues across the country. Our pick of some of the best are below – and don’t worry if you have missed out on this year, most of these events run annually.
The Northern Business Exhibition
18 - 19 April 2018, Manchester Central
This is now officially the largest business show in the North of England, featuring 120 exhibitors, 60 seminars and welcoming over 6,000 visitors over the 2 days. Some of the key highlights of the show include the free 1-2-1 expert advice appointments where you can get personalised advice on subjects such as how to sell successfully, find funding, or set up your marketing campaigns effectively, and the Business in a Box Competition where one entrepreneurial business idea will win £5,000 cash plus a huge range of business products and services to help them successfully launch.
Free tickets are available at northernbusinessexpo.com
The Business Show 2018
16 - 17 May 2018, ExCeL London
Now entering its 17th year, The Business Show is the fastest growing business exhibition in Europe. Over 25,000 businesses are expected to attend over the two days of the show, which features a range of stands showcasing a myriad of businesses and many of the latest products and services. Also on the agenda is a range of seminars and masterclasses from some of the world’s brightest and best business people including leaders from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, world renowned entrepreneurs and founders of some of the UK’s leading brands.
Free tickets are available from greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk
Learn Grow Excel Conference
23 May 2018, Hilton Belfast
Organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the Learn Grow Excel Conference is aimed at businesses in Northern Ireland who aspire to grow and trade internationally. The events will focus on their 4 key themes to encourage export growth; innovation, talent, technology and knowledge. The agenda will include panel discussions and talks from pioneering exporters, as well as global leaders and entrepreneurs, along with Q&A sessions with UK and international markets experts. Tickets are free for Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and £50+VAT for non-members.
Find out more and reserve your place at northernirelandchamber.com/event/learn-grow-excel-conference-3
International Business Festival 2018
12 – 28 June 2018, Liverpool
For 2018, Liverpool has been chosen to host this prestigious bi-annual international festival. The nine day programme, spread across three weeks, is centred on nine high-growth industry sectors including; global economics, urbanisation and cities, sustainable energy, future transport, manufacturing, global logistics and shipping, health and life sciences, creative industries, and sport, culture and travel. Each day will include networking opportunities with exhibitors, keynote speakers, practical how-to sessions and presentations, and hosted events.
Nine Day Festival Passes cost £105, and Day Passes can be bought for £50 from internationalbusinessfestival.com
26 – 27 September 2018, Olympia London
Combining the previously separate eCommerce Expo, Technology for Marketing and Ad:tech shows, the eCommerce Expo has created a one stop shop for any business’ eCommerce, advertising technology and marketing technology needs. Connecting over 9,500 ecommerce retailers and brands with providers of the newest ecommerce technologies, the show also features a large exhibition hall along with speakers from organisations such as Eurostar, Thomas Cook, Shazam, the Natural History Museum, Sky, Just Eat, BT and Jaguar Land Rover.
Register your interest at ecommerceexpo.co.uk
The Scottish Business Exhibition
21 – 22 November 2018, SEC Glasgow
Targeted at corporate, mid-market and large SME’s, The Scottish Business Exhibition features over 150 exhibitors and 80 free seminars, along with 1-2-1 advice kiosks, Meet the Buyer, Funding and International Business zones, and a Microsoft Product Demonstration Area. Also once you have attended The Scottish Business Expo, you will receive free entry into The New Start Scotland Exhibition and the Restaurant & Takeaway Business Live Exhibition.
Free tickets are available at thescottishbusinessexhibition.com
22 November 2018, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Lord Alan Sugar will be appearing in an exclusive ‘Audience with Lord Sugar’ lunch event at this year’s Introbiz Expo. For 2018, Wales’ largest business expo will feature 200+ exhibitors, 24 free seminars and workshops and will be attended by over 5,000 businesses. There is also an exciting line up of speakers alongside Lord Sugar including industry experts from across a range of sectors and specialisms. Entry to the event is free, but there are also optional paid extras including tickets ranging from £150 + VAT to £249 + VAT for the ‘Audience with Lord Sugar’, or £18 + VAT tickets for the Introbiz Expo Networking Breakfast and £100 + VAT for the Introbiz Expo VIP Business Awards.
Find out more and register for your tickets at expo.introbiz.co.uk
Other events to look out for include:
- North East Expo
2 May 2018, Falcons Stadium Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Expo Scotland
22 May 2018, Hampden Park Glasgow
- The South West Business Expo
14 November 2018, Westpoint Arena Exeter
Attending or exhibiting at business expos and trade shows can really help your business to grow. If your business is growing faster than you can keep up with it, the services of an expert accountant will no doubt become indispensable. Handpicked Accountants can connect you with a range of vetted and approved accountants in your area who will be able to help steer your business towards profitable, sustainable and compliant growth. Contact us to find your perfect accountant today.