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The 6th Business Showcase South West is on 11th October 2017 at Ashton Gate Stadium. It is an exhibition and networking opportunity, offering a day-long series of powerful business activities.

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We provide several FREE car parks for delegates and exhibitors.

There is a fleet of FREE First Buses serving the event from the Official Showcase car parks and key locations in the city. Our 2 car parks are 2.5 mins ride or 5 mins walk. Read our 4-page Travel & Parking Guide for the event HERE.

We have a trusted team of Showcase Hosts who greet delegates on arrival.

Great exhibitors

The Showcase is first and foremost a business exhibition where delegates can meet businesses from across the region.

There are 225+ exhibition spaces.

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Seminar from TedX Bristol in May 2016

Seminar from TedX Bristol in May 2016

Schedule Below for 8 Seminars

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Seminars are one of the core aspects of the Showcase experience. Held in The Trinity Mirror Seminar Zone in the far end of the Dolman Hall, they are free, informative and must be booked beforehand. Tickets are available, are free and are booked using the links below.

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Baroness Brady in 2014

Baroness Brady in 2014

- Keynote Speakers

Since day 1, we have engaged some of the very best business speakers and leaders: from Bev James and Karen Brady, to Levi Roots and Wing Commander Green - the world's fastest man.

For 11th October, the Keynotes take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

These are NOT ticketed and seating is on a strictly first-come/first-served basis.

11.00am - 11.30am - Bev Hurley CBE - Queen's Award Holder for Enterprise Promotion

"Blood, Sweat and Tears... The Joys of Growth!"


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Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Bev Hurley CBE is delighted to be part of this important event for ambitious businesses. As a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years experience of building successful companies, and now as an angel investor and non-exec helping high growth companies scale, she hopes her first hand experiences of going from zero to £multi-million - and all the lessons learned on the way - will help and inspire others.

Bev is also Chair of the Institute of Economic Development and CEO of YTKO.

11.30am - 12.00pm - Tim Bowles, West of England Metro Mayor

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

On the 4th May 2017 Tim was elected as the first West of England Regional Mayor for the newly formed Combined Authority. As the new Mayor, he will working closely with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire Council on key issues such as transport, housing and skills.

Tim was an experienced South Gloucestershire Councillor, representing the Winterbourne ward and served as part of the leadership team at South Gloucestershire Council.

Tim has also enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing, most recently as New Business Manager for a global events company. Tim also served as a Governor at the largest school in South Gloucestershire from 2003 to 2015 and is passionate about education. He also acts as a dementia champion, supporting charities in this field.

12.00pm - 12.30pm - Lizzy Lillington-Lester, Partner Manager, Facebook - Europe, Middle East & Africa

"Mobile, Visual , Personal - Future-proofing your business with Facebook"


Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

In the past decade, the smartphone has changed the world as radically as any technology in history. The world is now mobile and business is becoming borderless. A Facebook page gives your business a ready-made mobile strategy.

With engaging content, including eye-catching video, and the use of messaging for personalised customer service, your business can build a compelling mobile presence. It's easy to reach customers down the street or on the other side of the world. 

Join us to discover how Facebook can help your small business become large and your local business go global.

12.30pm - 1.05pm - Ben Towers in Conversation with Alison Edgar

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Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Don't miss meeting this incredible young business person. The Times have listed him as the most influential and powerful teenager on the planet, whilst Richard Branson has called him "one of the UK's most exciting entrepreneurs". Ben started in business aged 11 and in 2017 agreed a multi-million pound merger. He has 1000 customers and 22 staff and a successful marketing agency. Ben will be interviewed on stage by sales expert and mentor Alison Edgar of Sales Coaching Solutions.

Attend Workshops

Our professional Workshops are free and informative. They are a 'must attend' part of the Showcase schedule. Some do require you to book a ticket.

For 11th October, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

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10.15am - 10.55am - Workshop by Google

Social Media Strategy - from Google Digital Garage

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

From Twitter to Snapchat, there's a wealth of ways to use social media to boost your business marketing. Join Google in this deep dive session to:

  • Discover the latest social media trends and what's worth your effort
  • Get tips on how to engage your audience
  • Learn how to turn likes into profits

This is a FREE but *ticketed* event.

For 11th October, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

1.30pm - 2.10pm - Workshop by Danny Matthews

The art of self-disruption - from Danny Matthews

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

How SME's can dominate BlueChips by using simple technology to do more in less time and create a consistent, dependable revenue.

You don't need to be technical, to be digital. Think like a founder, accomplish more in less time and create consistent, dependable revenue. Danny transforms small businesses for the future. After being in financial services for 10 years, he became the first adviser of his kind to digitise his business, reducing the processing time to apply for a mortgage from up to 15 hours to under 60 minutes.

Building the platform himself, he accepted applications to the value of £1.36million in the first 3 months of business from a standing start has been featured in places like The Financial Times, Mortgage Strategy, The Huffington Post and many more. With his passion for helping small businesses he will share insights on how you can transform your business without the financial risk or commitment of hiring and says that "if you own a smartphone, you're half way there".
By releasing a practical thought leadership book on technology shifts in business he wants to inspire you to take action and become a truly self-disrupted business.


2.30pm - 3.10pm - Workshop by Google

Know Your Business With Google Analytics - from Google Digital Garage

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Learn how Google Analytics can help you uncover trends about your customers, including how people use your website or interact with your business online.

Our practical, hands-on Google Analytics training will help you get the most out of your web analytics data and start turning your website hits into qualified new customers. Using data from a live Analytics account we will teach you the practical skills needed to monitor and learn from your digital marketing and online presence. We aim to send you away with the essential skills needed to develop digital insight and make real business decisions.

What will you learn?

Google at our May 2017 Business Showcase

Google at our May 2017 Business Showcase

• An Introduction to Analytics
• Setting up and using Google Analytics
• Assessing usability of your website
• Web-page level performance
• Analyze keywords for SEO and traffic sources
• Setting digital marketing metrics and goals
• Extracting and automating detailed reports



This is a FREE but *ticketed* event.

For 11th October, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

3.00pm - 3.55pm - Workshop by Facebook

Grow Your Business with Facebook & Instagram - from Facebook

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Learn how to use Facebook & Instagram to connect your business with new customers, grow awareness of your brand, drive new sales and discover tips and inspiration that will help you to become more creative online.

Speed Networking in Oct 2016

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These free sessions take place in the furthest end of the Dolman Hall at The Stadium in The Speed Networking Zone. There are three professionally hosted sessions during the day and they are a proven, excellent way to make dozens of new business contacts, face-to-face.

Places are limited so be sure to turn up early. It's on a first-come/first-served basis.

Session 1 - 11.45am - 12.30pm

Session 2 - 1.45pm - 2.30pm

Breakfast networking

The breakfast event presented by Andrea Sexton PR, is a separate, pay-for event, that starts early (7.30am) on the day of the Business Showcase on 11th October. It's a superb way to begin your experience and held in the Sports Bar at the new Ashton Gate Stadium.



Click here to book your place today for 11th October 2017.



Click here for newspaper review of our Breakfast Networking Sessions.

FREE Professional headshot

Delegates receive a FREE professional headshot photograph for their LinkedIn profile or other professional uses.