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Essential event for budding entrepreneurs

Access free business skills training and advice from startup experts

Growing Your Own Business, NEC, Birmingham 4 - 5 Oct 2019

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Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business Conference is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition. It's designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.

View the full exhibitor list here.

Seminars

Growing Your Own Business Workshops

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

See the full timetable here. 

   
Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Keynote speakers

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

More information coming soon.

GYOB Hub

Growing Your Own Business Hub

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

More information coming soon.

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Networking

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

Book a free ticket 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 Sarah.McConnell@vmgl.com to find out more! 

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Directions & Opening times for the national franchise exhibition

Opening times:

Friday 4 October | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 5 October | 10:00 - 16:00

Venue:

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

Car:

You’ll find the NEC clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC, don’t follow the satnav anymore, look out for the show name you're visiting on the signs. Then, simply jump on our free shuttle bus or walk along the signposted footpaths.
 
Also, save money and pay for parking in advance. With pre-pay online parking, not only will you save money, spend less time queuing and have more time at the show, but you’ll also benefit from exclusive food and drink offers at the venue during your visit.
Read more here.

Train:

Getting to the NEC by train is easy as it's is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station.

Direct services run all day, however if you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away.
 
Or take advantage of exclusive discounts with NEC PLUS. Get 20% off Virgin Train advance fares on your visit to the NEC. Virgin West Coast Mainline trains run regularly to the on-site rail station Birmingham International, so you can arrive fresh, relaxed and show ready. Read more here.

Bus:

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport.

From Birmingham Airport you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.

Jumping on a bus in the West Midlands area? There are numerous options that will get you to the NEC. Check out the Network West Midland link here to plan your journey: NetworkWestMidlands.com

Air:

Simply take the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC.

Bicycle and on foot:

The best and safest way to get to us by your own steam is to use the shared cycle footpath route to Birmingham International Railway Station and then the NEC is a short walk from there, it should take you about 10 minutes.

Accommodation:

To reserve accommodation, please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.

Ticket prices:

Tickets are free if booked online in advance 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.