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Essential event for budding entrepreneurs

Access free business skills training and advice from startup experts

Growing Your Own Business Conference, NEC, Birmingham 17 - 18 Feb 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 17 & 18 Feburary at the NEC, Birmingham.

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

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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.

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Growing Your Own Business Hub

Get free, impartial advice from a range of business experts across both days of the exhibitions. 

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Keynote Speakers

Inspiring entrepreneurs 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.

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Want to get invovled? 

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: Sarah.Gash@vmgl.com to find out more.

 

 

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Tickets are valid for both days and are free online, saving £10 on the door!

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Confirmed Keynotes

Steve Bartlett 

Co-founder of Social Chain 

In 2014, Steve Bartlett and Dominic McGregor dropped out of university to launch Social Chain, an innovative social media marketing agency which has since experienced phenomenal growth.

24-year-old Steve now heads up a team of over 70 employees who use the company’s vast network of social communities to get any topic trending online in under 17 minutes. The business counts Apple, ITV and Disney amongst their clients and is gaining recognition in trade and national press. 

By speaking at high-profile events and expanding Social Chain into Germany and the US, Steve has established himself as one of the most exciting entrepreneurs of our time.

His keynote presentation, 'Deeper than engagement' will take place at 12:15 on Friday 17 February - book your free ticket now




Angela Enright 


Founder, Huntleys Shoes 

When Angela Enright left school at 15 armed with just four GCSE’s, her ambition of running her own business felt like a pipe dream. However, after initially training as a beautician, she decided to take the plunge in 2015 and launched Huntleys Shoes: an online children’s shoe shop.

At the time she was pregnant with her fourth child and had no experience of designing or selling shoes, but she found a designer who could interpret her scribbles and a manufacturer who shared her vision and the business was born.

The road to success hasn’t always been smooth. During her inspirational keynote presentation, ‘From paper to production’, Angela will share the lessons she’s learnt along the way which helped her expand into children’s clothes in 2016.

Come and listen to Angela's story at 12:15 on Saturday 18 February - claim your free ticket now



Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Friday 17 February 2017

11:15 - 12:00 | Building the right team for business success

Speaker: Dave Dougan

  • How to build a great team
  • The importance of diversity
  • How to keep your team motivated
  • Managing customer expectations as your business grows  

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J21

12:30 - 13:15 | Connecting with your customers to boost sales

Speaker: Andy Brown

  • What is PR? Using communications to achieve your business aims
  • Identifying what to say and how to say it to build strong relationships 
  • How does PR work? 
  • How can a PR agency help? 

Andrew Brown

Black Sheep PR

 13:45 - 14:30 | How to stand out from your competitors online
 
 Speaker: David Harris
  • Making your website kick-ass
  • Inbound and outbound marketing essentials 
  • Real-time social media 
  • Becoming a king of content 


15:00 - 15:45 | The truth about SEO & Digital Marketing

Speaker: David Harris

  • Discover what SEO is and why you need it 
  • How to choose killer keywords 
  • On- and off-page optimisation tips and tricks 
  • How to rock at local search 

 

Saturday 18 February 2017

11:30 - 12:15 | How to use social media to build business

Speaker: David Glenwright

  • The differences between the major social networks and their audiences 
  • Using images to enhance the quality of content and maximise engagement
  • Finding and participating in conversations to generate business 
  • Tools and techniques to help manage your time effectively 

12:30 - 13:15 | Marketing masterclass - how to generate more sales

Speaker: Adrian Marks

  • Master online lead generation 
  • Position your business for maximum results 
  • Triple your enquiries using four simple steps 
  • Maximise social and digital marketing


13:30 - 14:15 | Raising finance through crowdfunding 

Speaker: Atuksha Poonwassie and Davin Poonwassie 

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


14:30 - 15:15 | The business SatNav: your route to success

Speaker: Chris Roberts

  • What is a business SatNav? 
  • How will it help you be successful? 
  • The difference between profit and cash 
  • How much working capital will you need for your business journey?