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  • The £5K Pitch
  • For: Start-ups
  • For: Business Professionals
  • For: Business Owners
The £5K Pitch
The £5K Pitch Heat 1
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query_builder 12:00 - 13:00
place The £5k Pitch Stage
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The £5K Pitch Heat 1
Budding entrepreneurs at the show will each get five minutes to pitch a business idea to a panel of expert judges and the winner will receive a lump sum of £5,000 cash PLUS a huge range of free business services! It's a Dragons Den style competition with a live audience, and it'll be an exciting round one!
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For: Business Owners
9 ways to make expense management painless
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query_builder 12:45 - 13:30
place Funding Workshop Hall
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9 ways to make expense management painless
An analysis of expense management in the UK.

What you'll learn:
  • Why expense management matters
  • Who’s spending what, where and how
  • What’s worse than expecting employees to spend their own money?
  • “I love everything about our expense management process” – says no one
  • Top tips for building your new expenses policy 

Learn who's spending what , where and how, why expense management matters to CFOs & HR leaders, how to improve staff morale, how to build your own expense management process, and the benefits of automation clear to all.
 
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For: Business Owners
How to grow your business both nationally and internationally through franchising.
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query_builder 13:00 - 13:30
place Seminar Hall 3
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How to grow your business both nationally and internationally through franchising.
Is your business the next McDonalds or Starbucks?
Franchising can be a very effective way to expand your business and reach a national or international market place. However, it is not an exercise you should enter into lightly, your franchisees will invest heavily in your sector knowledge and expertise, you therefore need a clearly thought out strategy and a carefully crafted suite of support documents and systems. Most importantly you will require a recruitment strategy to find new franchisees and a consultant that can work with you to build your network.

What you'll learn:
  • How to successfully build a franchise network
  • Generate millions of pounds in franchise revenue 
  • How to thoroughly document a franchise system
  • Develop an effective franchisee recruitment strategy
  • Recruit and retain the best franchisees
  • Turn a local businessinto a global brand!
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For: Business Professionals
Marketing with data under GDPR
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query_builder 12:45 - 13:30
place Digital Marketing Workshop Hall
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Marketing with data under GDPR
Covering key issues about using personal data for direct marketing under GDPR.

In addition to discussing the business importance of targeting, respect for data subjects, and record keeping and due diligence, Andy also explores & highlights their growing relevance to complying with GDPR.

Using some real examples of ICO investigations, considering some of the important steps to ensure you can respond to a similar enquiry or investigation.  

These include such issues as how to use data for marketing under GDPR; how to rent lists safely;  Issues with your legacy data;  handling data processors; the importance of data accuracy.
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For: Business Owners
Starling Bank: Helping Business Fly
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query_builder 13:00 - 13:30
place Keynote Hall
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Starling Bank: Helping Business Fly
Small business owner, contractor, freelancer – whatever your working life looks like, Starling Bank's award winning business banking could be just what you need to take your business to the next level. With world-class features that save you time and money, including no monthly fees and speedy set-up, you can run the show from the bathtub to the boardroom. Hear from Jade Evans, Business Advocate at Starling Bank to learn more.
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For: Business Owners
The Culture Gap: Giving you the building blocks for an award-winning workplace
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query_builder 12:45 - 13:30
place Leadership & Employment Workshop Hall
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The Culture Gap: Giving you the building blocks for an award-winning workplace
It’s no secret that an engaged workforce is, by its very definition, a happier more productive one. But what does this mean for you as a business owner of today? We’ll focus on the pillars of workplace culture, inspiring employees to actively engage with your business goals and become your most vocal brand ambassadors.

What you'll learn:
Amongst a tonne of takeaways, you’ll leave Claire’s talk with:
  • The 4 culture pillars and positive culture cycle to focus on
  • Practical advice and examples for you to implement immediately
  • A powerful action plan to create a strong, stable culture 
Your people are your greatest asset. By recognising the importance of this, you will reduce staff churn, increase productivity and achieve sustainable growth.
 
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For: Business Professionals
The secrets of success in sales
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query_builder 12:45 - 13:30
place Sales Workshop Hall
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The secrets of success in sales
4Networking Chairman, Terry Cooper, talks about his 45 years in sales and the lessons he learnt along the way. His humorous delivery will entertain you as well as giving you valuable information about how to be more successful in sales. If you’re just starting your sales career then Terry's presentation is a must see for you. 

Sales are the lifeblood of any business. Without them you don't really have a business, so it's in your interests to get good at sales. Terry will inspire you to be less fearful of sales and to enjoy the experience, with tips and tricks to give you confidence.

You will learn:
  • How to get started in sales
  • How to boost your confidence with sales
  • How to get ahead with sales, whilst maintaining your integrity.
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For: Business Professionals
What consumers love and hate about complaint handling
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query_builder 13:00 - 13:30
place Seminar Hall 2
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What consumers love and hate about complaint handling
Helen will share stories and anecdotes from consumers about what they love and hate about customer service and complaint handling. You'll discover how not to fall into these traps and offer more in your customer-facing business. Helen will also share tips on how to look after your staff so that they look after your customers, and how you can exceed customer expectations – with positive examples of when big and small businesses have done this.

Challenge what you currently do. Develop and improve how you treat past, present and future customers and how you can make the experience better for them.

You will learn how to:
  • Maintain and increase customer loyalty
  • Reduce complacency among staff and improve their productivity
  • Future proof the sales process
  • Keep your customers coming back for more of the same excellent service. 
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Networking Sessions
Speed Networking
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query_builder 13:00 - 13:50
place Dell Speed Networking Area
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Speed Networking
Make more contacts in 50 minutes than some people do in their entire career! 
Speed networking is the ultimate way to grow your network and is similar in concept to speed dating. You'll meet a huge range and number of people in one session, sitting down with them for intesive, fun one minute meetings before moving on to the next person! Business networking in Manchester just got better!

The possibilities of who you'll meet are endless, so don't miss out! Once you have your free ticket to the event and are logged in, just add the speed networking session you want to attend to your schedule (which is in your profile so you can see what you're doing and when)- you can attend as many as you like!
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For: Start-ups
How I created 2 global social media brands with zero finance
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query_builder 13:45 - 14:15
place Keynote Hall
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How I created 2 global social media brands with zero finance
Alex will explain the growth hacks he used to amass over 40 mililon followers on social with zero finance. 

You will learn:
  • Why it's important to work outsides the lines of 'convention'.
  • How to use the algorithm to your advantage. 
  • How to increase your brands social media visibility without spending a fortune.
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