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Essential event for budding entrepreneurs

Access free business skills training and advice from startup experts

Growing Your Own Business Conference, EventCity Manchester 22 - 23 Jun 2018


Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The Northern Franchise Exhibition on 22 & 23 June at EventCity, Manchester.

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

Receive free impartial advice from a range of business experts across both days of the exhibitions. Find out the business skills and training you need to make your new venture a success. 


Keynote Speakers

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

View confirmed keynotes > 


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. 

View the workshop timetable 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: to find out more.

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Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Friday 22 June

11:30 - 12:00 | 10 ways to use Twitter for massive social media success

Speaker: Alex McCann

  • Build awareness
  • Build relationships
  • Win business

Alex McCann

12:15- 12:45 | 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 

Jeremy Jacobs

The Sales Rainmaker

 13:00 – 13:30 | Because being in business should give you more life

Speaker: Jon Asquith

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

14:30 – 15:00 | SEO: search engine marketing 101
  • What is search engine marketing? 
  • How can you effectively implement it? 
  • Hints and tips from leading SEO experts

Saturday 23 June 

11:30 – 12:00 | Public Relations – tips to boost your brand

Speaker: Jonathan Gifford

  • What is PR and how does it work? 
  • Measuring PR on the bottom line
  • Top rules to follow
  • When to engage an agency

12:15 – 12:45 | 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

13:45 – 14:15 | Because being in business should give you more life

Speaker: Jon Asquith

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

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DIrections and opening times

Opening times:

Friday 22 June | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 23 June | 10:00 - 16:00

Hall 1
EventCity, Manchester, M17 8AS



EventCity is conveniently located close to the M6, M62, M56 and M60.

EventCity is easily accessible by car. If travelling from the M60 take Junction 9 for the A5081 and follow signs for Barton Dock Road. For satellite navigation use: M17 8AS.


X50 - Manchester City Centre’s Express Service intu Trafford Centre’s high frequency express bus link leaving Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 7 days a week 363 days a year (via MediaCityUK Manchester and MUFC)

250 - Stagecoach Manchester Bus Service The Trafford Centre“s high frequency bus link direct from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 364 days a year (via MUFC and Manchester University).

Trafford Bus Station

This is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from EventCity (see map) and serviced by bus routes from all over Greater Manchester. There are frequent buses providing a connection every 5 minutes (services 18, 247, 250 and X50) from the bus station to EventCity.


Liverpool John Lennon Airport - By car: Join the A5300 at the airport, then take the M62 (eastbound) to the M60. Follow the M60 (westbound) exiting at junctions 9 or 10.

Manchester Airport - By car: Join the M56, then M60 (westbound) exiting at Junctions 9 or 10. By bus: Service 18 runs frequently direct to The Trafford Centre Bus Station.


Manchester Piccadilly - Bus service X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station descending at the EventCity bus stop.

Manchester Victoria - Bus service 100 (every 12 minutes) or Service 110 (every 20 minutes) descending at The Trafford Centre bus 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 £10 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 the show. 

Click here to book free tickets >


To reserve accommodation please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit

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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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