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Growing Your Own Business Conference, NEC, Birmingham 13 - 14 Oct 2017

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Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition on 13 & 14 October at the NEC, Birmingham. 

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

Seminars

Networking

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. 

Click here for more information>>

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Keynote Speakers

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

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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.

A full list of workshops is available here>>

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: Melinda.Lyons@vmgl.com to find out more.

 

 

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Growing Your Own Business Workshops

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FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

12:30 – 13:15 | Unlocking the secrets of the Facebook algorithm

Speaker: David Glenwright, JC Social Media

- Break down exactly what the Facebook algorithm is
- How it chooses what content to show
- How businesses can use this information to ensure their content reaches their audience above all others

 

13:45 – 14:30 | Because being in business should give you more life!

Speaker: Jon Asquith, ActionCOACH

- How to grow your profits
- Get more from your team 
- Achieve a better work-life balance

Jon Asquith

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15:00 – 15:45 | PR: The power of storytelling

Speaker: Anthony Tattum, Big Cat

- How are stories used?
- Everyone has a channel - what's the right one for you?
- Embracing an 'always-on' world - blending earned, owned and paid content
- What makes good content?

Craig McVoy

JC Social media



saturday 6 october

11:15 – 12:00 | Business planning made simple

Speaker: Chris Roberts, Franchise Finance

- Why you need a Business Plan
- How to prepare your Business Plan
- How to use your Business Plan

Chris Roberts

12:30 – 13:15 | Are you making the three most common sales mistakes?

Speaker: Jeremy Jacobs, The Sales Rainmaker

- A crash course in sales for non-salespeople
- Handling objectives effectively
- Avoiding having to chase customers

13:45 – 14:30 | Because being in business should give you more life!

Speaker: James Vincent, ActionCOACH

- How to grow your profits
- Get more from your team
- Achieve a better work-life balance

ACTIONCOACH


Growing Your Own Business  

Keynote speakers

 

Michelle Niziol, Founder, IMS Property Group 

Friday 13 October

13:00 - 13:30

A successful businesswoman and self-professed workaholic, Michelle has worked in the finance and property industry for more than a decade. 

Michelle was a candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice in 2016 and earlier this year became Vice-President of ARLA Propertymark.

Michelle manages a very successful property portfolio and in 2015 launched IMS Property Solutions and IMS Letting Solutions due to a high-demand for these services from existing clients.  

You can catch Michelle's keynote presentation on Friday 13 October at 13:00 in Theatre 5.  

Abel 

Abel Campos, Head of Franchising, McDonald's

Saturday 14 October

12:00 - 12:30 

Abel was appointed Head of Franchising & field services for McDonald’s UK in 2016, following a successful 20-year career with the brand spanning operations and franchising. 

He joined the business in 1995, progressing from a local restaurant team to overseeing a number of restaurants as a consultant in the region.

Abel worked in a number of national and regional roles throughout his time with McDonald’s, and before his current appointment held the position of director of franchising in the southern region, responsible for ensuring high standards of support and operational excellence across his group.

Abel now heads up the UK franchising strategy, field services and oversees the recruitment of new franchisees.

Catch Abel's seminar at 12:00 on Saturday 14 October

Grainne McCoy 

Gráinne McCoy, Semi-finalist, The Apprentice

Saturday 14 October

12:15 - 12:45 

With over 12 years experience, Gráinne McCoy is a highly versatile and multi-talented makeup artist. 

Her career has taken her from roles with international brands such as Laura Mercier, to most recently collaborating with global makeup brand, Trish McEvoy, and working with A list celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Her unshakeable drive and entrepreneurial spirit saw Gráinne take part in The Apprentice 2016, where she proved that makeup artists can be key business women as she took the semi-finalist place. 

Listen to Gráinne's inspiring story in Theatre 5 on Saturday 14 October at 12:15. 

Keynotes Over The Past Year

We've had some incredible speakers at Growing Your Own Business recently...

Speakers have included: Abel Campos (Head of Franchising, McDonald's UK), Linzi Boyd ( Founder of The BoB Group), Carol Smillie (Model/ star of BBC Changing Rooms), Mark Wright (Winner of The Apprentice 2014), John Aizlewood (CDO Pizza Hut UK & Ireland),  Anil Patel (Starbuck's first franchisee - 23.5 Degrees), Nick Telson (Entrepreneur, DesignMy Night) and Joseph Valente (Winner of The Apprentice 2015), Jason Clark (COO, McDonald's) Steven Bartlett (Founder, Social Chain) and many more!

Watch this space for event updates!

Past keynote speakers

 

Opening times:

Friday 13 October | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14 October | 10:00 - 16:00

Directions:

Hall 3a
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT

Click here for NEC directions, parking information and map. Call NEC, Birmingham T: +44 (0)121 780 4141.

Thinking of travelling up from London? Visitors can get 25% off their rail fare with Virgin Trains from London Euston direct to the NEC (Birmingham International) in just over an hour! Click here.

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, unless a discount offer code is presented at the exhibition entrance.

FREE tickets can be booked online up until the close of show. 

Click here to book free tickets.

Accommodation:

To reserve accommodation please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829939 or visit www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.

Book free tickets to the Growing Your Own Business Conference

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 £15 on the door!