The show is packed with a vast range of business-boosting live features, designed to inspire and assist the owners & decision makers of both new and existing businesses. With over ten years experience producing exhibitions of this ilk, we have refined the list of show features included at the show to maximise your propensity to be inspired and encouraged. For our launch show in April, we have:
The British Business Bank Finance Zone
In association with ICAEW.
Find the funding you need
Funding a new venture or growing business is often an entrepreneur’s greatest obstacle, as we’re sure you’d agree. Funding is nothing short of vital, if you are looking to start up your new business, or expand your existing small business. The options can seem complicated, confusing and hard to access.
Our finance zone, in association with British Business Bank, contains a wealth of expert information a range of funding solutions to fit your circumstance; from Government Start-up loans to crowdfunding, or bank loans to angel investors.
You can see more about the Zone, and find out more about the free seminars running within it in the Official Event Show Guide.
BNI Facilitated Networking Area
A melting pot of valuable contacts and partners for exhibitors and visitors.
Networking is quite literally the best way to build a better business. Business networking is a fantastic marketing tool for start-ups, small, medium and large businesses alike. Whether it’s for building your contact list, identifying referral partners or sourcing and getting introductions to specific potential clients, networking is the key!
BNI who are running the Networking Area, is the most successful business networking referral organisation in the world. They teach their members how to attract and win more new business through word of mouth using their unique Referral Marketing System – a proven method for generating a continuous flow of reliable, quality new business.
BNI are also hosting free seminars on 'The 10 Commandments of Profitable Networking' and 'Are YOU an Unnatural Networker?' so why not have a quick look in the official event show guide to find out when are where so you don't miss out! The timetable is on pages 38 - 51.
1-2-1 Planning Kiosks
Business advice, free, from experts
These 1-2-1 kiosks offer you the opportunity to discuss specific topics that are vital to your business. We match you with an expert for around 20 minutes, for free, who can answer your business questions, personalised to you. The free consultation is available on any of the following topics:
Sales, Marketing, Digital Marketing/Social Media, Trademarks/Branding, Finance, and Legal Issues.
To book an appointment, all you need to do is email us at before the show mentioning your name, contact number and preferred topic(s), or you can call us on 0800 157 7950. You can also head over to the 1-2-1 area during the show itself if you would like to book one on the day.
KPMG Coffee Area
Relax and plan your day with a coffee.
If you need five minutes to rest your feet, half and hour to build a checklist of stands to visit or seminars to attend, or if you just want to grab a coffee and something to eat then pull up a seat in the Coffee Area and relax!
KPMG Small Business Accounting are sponsoring this area. They are committed to helping small businesses grow and get to where they want to be - helping not just with the accounts but by offering a wealth of solid business advice along the way.
They are sponsoring the coffee area at the Northern Business Expo to help you well on your way to starting up your own business or helping you scale up.
They believe accountants should be doing much more than just filling in tax returns: they should be offering insights in all kinds of business critical areas – at no additional cost.
Key Business Skills Workshops
Detailed, interactive workshops from the best in the business.
As you may know, running a successful business requires a seemingly endless list of skills. Whether you're thinking of starting a business in the near future, currently running a start-up or are part of a larger SME, delegates can benefit from this opportunity to learn and improve their key business skills via the range of detailed and interactive workshops.
You can also view the full timetbale in the official event Show Guide, on pages 52-55.
Seminars & Workshops
Seminar Hall 1
Seminar Hall One is definitely not to be missed, as we are featuring speake... Read More
Seminar Hall 2
Seminar Hall Two hosts seminars throughout both days of the show, covering ... Read More
Seminar Hall 3
We couldn't fit all of the fantastic seminars in just two halls, so we have... Read More