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Growing Your Own Business Conference, Olympia, London 9 - 10 Mar 2018


Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The British & International Franchise Exhibition on 9 & 10 March at Olympia London.

The event is designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.



When 'going at it alone' and setting up a business, it is important to meet like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs and successful business owners to build your network and gain essential advice.

Meet with representatives from organisations that specialise in boosting business growth, as well as fellow visitors with varying levels of experience, to gain useful insights and first-hand guidance.

Growing Your Own Business Hub

Growing Your Own Business Hub

Get free impartial advice from a range of business experts across both days of the exhibitions.
Find out more about the hub.


Keynote Speakers

Inspiring business leaders will speak about the highs and lows of starting your own business and share the secrets behind their success. 


Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business at the Growing Your Own Business workshops, with advice on finance, digital marketing, publicity generation and social media.

Want to get involved? 

If you are interested in getting involved in the Growing Your Own Business showcase, please get in touch. We are looking for speakers and companies with a wealth of expertise in business growth strategies, startups or entrepreneurship.

Email: to find out more.

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Book tickets online here or call our hotline: 

+44(0)20 8394 5294 
Lines are open from 10am5pm Monday to Friday. 
Tickets are free when booked in advance, saving up to £10 on the door! 

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Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Friday 9 March 2018

10:30 - 11:15 | Are you making the 3 most common sales mistakes

Speaker: Jeremy Jacobs

  • Often have to leave money on the table? 
  • Have to face objection after objection? 
  • Spend time chasing customers? 
  • If so, you need to attend this seminar 

Dave Dougan

11:30 – 12:15 | How to stand out from your competitors online

   • How to make your website kick-ass
   • Inbound & outbound marketing essentials
   • Real-time social media and how to become a content king

Speaker: David Harris

JC social media

JC social media

12:30 – 13:15 | How to grow your profits by 61%

Speaker: James Vincent

  • The secret of growing sales by 119% in 24 months 
  • How to increase your business profits by 61% in 365 days
  • 6 steps to a business that works, so you don't have to

13:45 – 14:15 | Truth about SEO and digital marketing

Speaker: David Harris

    • Discover what SEO is and why you need it
    • How to choose killer keywords
    • How to rock at local search

David Harris


15:00 – 15:45 | Raising finance through crowdfunding

Speaker: Sonal Shah & Haico Van Der Steen 

  • An introduction to crowdfunding
  • How crowdfunding works
  • What investors and borrowers are looking for
  • The three key points when considering crowdfunding


Saturday 10 March 2018

11:30 - 12:15 | Business planning made easy

Speaker: Chris Roberts

  • Why you need a business plan
  • How to prepare your business plan
  • How to use your business plan

12:30 - 13:15 | The Power of PR

Speaker: Peter Murray

  • What is PR and how can it help firms grow?
  • What makes a good story and how can you secure coverage in the traditional and new media?
  • PR dos and don’ts & examples of successful PR for SMEs

13:30 – 14:15 | How to grow your profits by 61%

Speaker: James Vincent

  • The secret of growing sales by 119% in 24 months 
  • How to increase your business profits by 61% in 365 days
  • 6 steps to a business that works, so you don't have to

14:30 – 15:15 | SEO: Search engine marketing 101

Speaker: Anthony Tattum

  • What is search engine marketing?
  • How can you effectively implement it?
  • Hints and tips from leading SEO experts

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Confirmed Keynotes

Celia Delaney

Founder, SpeakingSuccess

Celia Delaney runs SpeakingSuccess, a company that enables franchisees to promote their business through speaking.

Now, she is a sought-after speaker, and frequently speaks at franchise conferences, bringing her trademark wit and wisdom to clients such as InXpress, Promedica24, Heritage Healthcare and The Creation Station to name but a few.

Described as ‘inspirational’ and ‘very funny’, her engaging and interactive style keeps audiences entertained and educated in equal measure.

She is also the creator of The iPersuade Principles: 4 ‘pillars’ that form the foundation of your speaking success. Through iPrepare, iPresent, iPromote and iPersuade, clients learn how to overcome their fear of speaking; the secrets of great delivery; and, finally, how to promote, sell and influence when speaking.

The iPersuade Principles are delivered worldwide through Celia’s speaking and the SpeakingSuccess masterclasses, online courses and individual coaching.

Celia will be presenting a keynote address at The British & International Franchise Exhibition on Friday 9 March at 12:00. Book free tickets here.

Richard Shackleton

Communications Director, easyGroup

For nearly 20 years, Richard Shackleton has been a media relations professional working for Merrill Lynch, Barclays and the Conservative Party as well as several public relations agencies. In 2012, he became the Communications Director for easyGroup and he is Sir Stelios’ official media spokesman.

Richard is also part of the senior management team responsible for managing relationships with other easy branded companies including easyJet, easyGym and easyHotel to name a few.

Richard will be presenting a keynote address at The British & International Franchise Exhibition on Friday 9 March at 15:00. Book free tickets here.

Stephen Holloway

UK Development Director, Regus

Stephen’s successful career includes a 13-year period at Costa Coffee, where he helped grow the business significantly in both the UK and international markets. He joined Regus in 2017 with a similar remit, supporting Regus’ plans to adopt franchising as a key element of their global growth strategy.

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, with customers including some of the most successful entrepreneurs, individuals and multi-billion dollar corporations. It boasts a network of almost 3,000 business centres spanning nearly 900 cities across 120 countries.

Stephen will be presenting at 12:00 in Theatre 4 on Saturday 10 March. Book free tickets here


Opening times

Friday 9 March | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10 March | 10:00 - 16:00


Olympia National,
Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UX

The best routes via public transport are:
10 minute walk from West Kensington and Barons Court stations
9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and 391 bus routes

On Friday: Overground to Kensington Olympia from Clapham Junction
On Saturday: District line from Earl's Court to Kensington Olympia station

Ticket prices:

Tickets will be free of charge if you book them in advance by clicking here

If you wish to attend on the day and do not book in advance, tickets will cost £15 on the door. FREE tickets can be booked online up until the close of the exhibition. 

Click here to book free tickets >  

Congestion Charge:

If you are driving to the event, please find out more information about the London congestion charge at To pre-book a parking space, click here. For full directions to the venue visit the Olympia website at

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