What is the Business Show all about and why should I attend?

The business how is the biggest networking event locally and provides companies a place to do business. The event includes an exhibition hall, a seminar theatre, networking café, a connections wall and many other features that will provide you with support, inspiration or advice for starting or growing a business.

Why do I need to pre-register?

We recommend that you register in advance as it allows us as the organisers to estimate how many visitors are planning or would like to attend the show. Even if you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to attend the event, we recommend that you still pre-register – you can always tell us nearer the time if you’re not able to attend the event after all.

How can I register to attend the show?

You can register for tickets online via our website. Entry to the event is free, however we ask that you pre-register for the event. When you pre-register you will receive updates so you can keep up to date with everything we have planned.

How much does it cost to visit?

The business show is FREE to attend as a visitor. The seminars, keynote speakers and workshops are also free to attend, as well as the networking café and connections wall. Businesses who want to showcase their services and be part of the exhibition as an exhibitor will need to pay for their exhibition space/stand - see exhibiting at the Business Show.

What is the agenda for the business show?

There is no strict agenda for the business show – you are free to turn up when you like and leave the event when you’re ready. We have put on a number of speakers, seminars and workshops which you can find the times of these events on our website. Depending on what you want to achieve from your visit to the business show, please plan your own agenda before arrival. We recommend that you plan in advance which seminars, exhibitor stands and keynote speakers you want to visit before attending the event to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities.

What is the best way to network at the business show?

As an attendee to the business show it is important that you take advantage of all the networking events we’ve organised at the exhibition. Make your visit to the event a success by walking around the exhibition area, visiting the connections wall and perhaps paying a visit to the networking café. A lot of visitors have the chance to network with other visitors simply by buying a coffee or by starting conversations with other delegates in the networking zones.

What shall I bring with me?

Firstly, we recommend that you bring plenty of business cards with you to the exhibition. Never underestimate how many people attend these events and how many business cards you may want to hand out to new connections. You can also bring flyers with you as a visitor, to display at the connections wall (but remember to not actively distribute these in the exhibition area as this is seen as canvasing). We also recommend that you bring a pen and note pad to write down ideas that you have when at the event.

How can I promote my own business at the business show?

As a visitor you are not permitted to sell directly to the exhibitors who have paid to have a stand at the event. However, we do provide visitors with plenty of opportunities to network and promote their products and services at the event. Be sure to stop by the connections wall, networking café and designated networking zone to ensure you take advantage of all of the free networking opportunities available to you as a visitor.

What are the benefits of exhibiting?

The best way to network and promote your business locally is to exhibit at the business show! Being an exhibitor helps to give your business a boost of promotion both at the event in front of hundreds of businesses and online before the event in our expo promotion and social media activity. To find out more about exhibiting click here.

Can I attend if I've not registered in advance?

If you didn’t have the opportunity to register in advance, don't worry. You can still come to the exhibition for FREE. Simply turn up on the day of the event and we will register you when you arrive at the registration area.