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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 15 - 16 Feb 2019


Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition on 15 & 16 February at the NEC, Birmingham.

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


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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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 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. 



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.

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.

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Keynote SPEAKERS at The NATIONAL Franchise Exhibition

Keynote speaker: Cathy Moseley

Keynote speaker: Boundless

Cathy Moseley | Founder, Boundless

Friday 15 February

12.45 - 13:15 | Theatre 1

Diary of a small business owner

Cathy Moseley is a passionate entrepreneur who began Boundless in an effort to challenge current snacking trends and provide an alternative and unique treat using unconventional flavours. 

Before Boundless, Cathy ran a street food business and craved healthier snacks to keep her buzzing throughout the day. With a gluten intolerance Cathy always struggled to find snacks suitable for her diet.

Using her street food recipes and knowledge of traditional cooking methods, Boundless was born. Packed with flavour, Boundless activated nuts and seeds pack an energy boost high in protein and fibre for those always on the go. 

Cathy will be speaking on the "Diary of a small business owner" at The National Franchise Exhibition on Friday 15 February. Book free tickets here.

Keynote speaker: Hannah McCollum

Keynote speaker: ChicP

Hannah McCollum | Founder, ChicP

Saturday 16 February

13.15 - 13:45 | Theatre 1

Growing my own business

Hannah McCollum is driven by a passion to change people’s attitudes to food preparation, consumption and waste and strives to encourage people to think differently about the way they eat. A chef turned entrepreneur, Hannah launched her company, ChicP, supporting British farmers by creating a variety of houmous made from their surplus, imperfect vegetables.

It all started when she was appalled by the waste she was witnessing in her career in the catering industry, Hannah was inspired to take vegetables that would otherwise end up in the bin and turn them into tasty, healthy houmous. She set up ChicP in 2015, heading to New Covent Garden Market in London every week to gather vegetables that were deemed too low-grade to sell to the public.

Three years on, ChicP is using surplus vegetables to make a variety of delicious houmous flavours which are stocked by the likes of Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Ocado. Hannah’s hard work has seen her win the Trailblazer award at Food Vision 2017 and earned her a place as a finalist at The YBF (Young British Foodies) Awards 2017.

Hannah will be talking on "Growing her own business" at The National Franchise Exhibition on Saturday 16 February. Book free tickets here.

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DIrections and opening times

The National Franchise Exhibition Opening times:

Friday 15 February | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 16 February | 10:00 - 16:00

National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
B40 1NT

Click here for NEC directions, parking information and a map of the venue. 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 £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 exhibition. 

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

Book free tickets to the Growing Your Own Business Conference

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 £10 on the door!