The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition on 16 & 17 February at the NEC, Birmingham.
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
Get free impartial advice from business experts across both days of the exhibition.
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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12:30 - 13:15 | Likes in your pocket – managing your social media whilst on the move
Speaker: David Glenwright
15:00 - 15:45 | The Power of PR
Speaker: Peter Murray
11:30 - 12:15 | Buy-ology – welcome to the freemium generation
Speaker: Adrian Marks
12:30 - 13:15 | Business planning made simple
Speaker: Chris Roberts
13:30 - 14:15 | SEO: Search engine marketing 101
Speaker: Antony Tattum
Shola Kaye – a self-confessed introvert – is a professional public speaking coach, an award-winning author, and an internationally acclaimed professional singer.
Shola founded her company, Speak Up Like A DIVA, to provide a platform for women in the workplace and female business owners to be heard and to speak up within their workplace. Shola wrote her book, How to be a DIVA at Public Speaking as a useful reference point to support her coaching techniques.
Shola has made use of her wide range of knowledge and experience to create her own unique coaching system. When it comes to speaking, Shola’s audiences are guaranteed a lively time combining a range of singing and inspirational stories with communication skills training and helpful hints and tips for visitors to take away and put into practice.
Shola will be presenting a keynote address at The National Franchise Exhibition on Friday 16 February. Book free tickets here.
CEO, Fitness Space
Tim Benjamin began his career on the track with accomplishments including Olympic and World Championship 400m finalist. In 2009, he transitioned out of the world of elite sport into the leisure industry and started his first health club, Fitness Space.
He focused on developing a unique concept, providing a supportive, service-orientated environment to help members achieve their fitness goals. In 2015, Fitness Space piloted its first franchise. Today the rapidly growing brand has 22 studios open across the UK, with Tim leading the business as CEO.
Alongside the development of the Fitness Space brand, Tim has been involved in the
Tim is regarded as a fitness industry expert working with leading brands such as Technogym as a digital content consultant and keynote speaker. He is a Princes Trust Ambassador and is in the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame.
Come and listen to Tim's story at 13:00 on Saturday 17 February - claim your free tickets now.
Friday 4 October | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 5 October | 10:00 - 16:00
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
To reserve accommodation, please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.
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.