The 9th Business Showcase South West is from 10am until 4pm on Wednesday 19th June 2018 at Ashton Gate Stadium. It is a large exhibition and networking opportunity, offering a day-long series of powerful business activities.

ON THIS PAGE... MORE BEING ADDED WEEKLY TO SCHEDULE

  • Links to book Speed Networking

  • Links / Info on Keynote Speaker Sessions

  • Links to book into Workshops from Google

  • Links to booking Seminars - coming soon

  • Link to book Breakfast Networking

 
 
Click Map  to View all 4-Pages of last October’s Event.

Click Map to View all 4-Pages of last October’s Event.

Easy Travel / 1000s of Parking Spaces

We provide a FREE car park for delegates.

There is a fleet of FREE First Buses serving the event from the Official Showcase car park and key locations in the city. Our car park is 2.5 mins ride away in our shuttles. Read our 4-page Travel & Parking Guide for the last October event HERE.

 

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Warm Welcome From Our Team

We have a trusted team of Showcase Hosts who greet our exhibitors during the set-up periods and our delegates on arrival. 

We pride ourselves on our supportive approach and smiles!


Great exhibitors

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

There are over 250 exhibition spaces.

Pictured (right) is the Blackstar Solutions Stand - winner of the Best Expo Stand Award, October 2017

 


Speed Networking Meetings

Speed Networking at Business Showcase South West in Oct 2016

These free but TICKETED sessions take place in the furthest end of the Dolman Hall at The Stadium in The Speed Networking Zone Sponsored By EVO Networking. There are two 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 book your tickets today here.

Session 1  - 10.30am - 11.15am - BOOK  HERE  - * WAITLIST NOW IN PLACE*

Session 1 - 10.30am - 11.15am - BOOK HERE - * WAITLIST NOW IN PLACE*

Session 2  - 12.30pm - 1.15pm - BOOK  HERE

Session 2 - 12.30pm - 1.15pm - BOOK HERE

Session 3  - 2.30pm - 3.15pm - BOOK  HERE

Session 3 - 2.30pm - 3.15pm - BOOK HERE


Keynote Speakers

Baroness Brady in 2014

Baroness Brady in 2014

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

For 19th June, the Keynotes take place in the Production People Theatre again which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

Most are NOT ticketed and seating is on a strictly first-come/first-served basis. Read on below to find out more.


11.15am - 12.00pm - Mark Wright

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

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Mark Wright is an influential entrepreneur and self-taught digital marketing specialist, renowned for his success in winning BBC’s The Apprentice. 

CLICK TO READ ABOUT MARK IN THE BUILD-UP TO OUR LAST EVENT IN MAY

CLICK TO READ ABOUT MARK IN THE BUILD-UP TO OUR LAST EVENT IN MAY

In securing the winners title, Mark went on to find and develop one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies, Climb Online, in partnership with Lord Sugar. 

As the most successful business to have been founded by an Apprentice winner to date, Climb Online boasts three UK office locations, a customer base of 400 plus and a second-year turnover in excess of £4 million as of January 2017. Boasting a sincere drive for success, Mark now plans to transform Climb Online into a global business – with South Africa, Australia and Dubai firmly in sight. 

PLACES ARE ON A FIRST COME - FIRST SERVED BASIS

“The South West Business Showcase is an excellent event, and one that I am delighted to be speaking at for a second year running. 2017’s Showcase attracted a range of prestigious brands and SMEs from in and around Bristol, eager to network, support one another and, quite simply, do business.”

“The Climb Online Bristol office opened in October 2016 and has had an exceptional first 18 months or so, proving that Bristol is an excellent City for Business development. I am, therefore, really looking forward to May’s event, and discussing the power of digital marketing for business growth.”

12.30pm - 1.00pm - Emma Jones MBE

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Seats are first come, first served. Don’t miss this!

Seats are first come, first served. Don’t miss this!

Enterprise Nation is a small business network and business support provider. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses – through expert advice, events, acceleration, diagnostics and networking. Enterprise Nation was founded in 2005 by Emma Jones MBE , also co-founder of national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. She is author of best-selling business books including Spare Room StartupWorking 5 to 9Go GlobalStart a Business for £99, the StartUp Kit, and Going for Growth.  In 2017 the Institute of Charted Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) announced it was to collaborate with Enterprise Nation to start building a world-leading business advice platform.


1.30pm - 2.00pm - Sir Rob McCabe

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

Seats are first come, first served. Don’t miss this!

Seats are first come, first served. Don’t miss this!

Creating a Retail Empire: A Fireside Chat with a local entrepreneur

Sir Rob is one of the South-West’s best-kept secrets. Discreetly mentoring, always creating exciting new opportunities and often speaking internationally, his humble background makes his journey to the top, even more impressive. Join Rob and Showcase’s Jamie Breese in a pull-no-punches ‘fireside chat’ where Rob will share his inspirational past about leaving school in Bristol with no qualifications.  

As a teenager Rob started his retail journey, scaling the dizzying heights as a shop-assistant in a fishmonger, then a toy shop. His love for cameras and photography secured him a place in his local photographic store - to somehow managing to create a retail empire of 248 stores and exited his business by the time he was 22 having created thousands of jobs… and with a cheque for £1 million in the mid-1970s. 

  • What’s it like to go back to your old school in a Rolls-Royce?

  • What do you ‘next’ and

  • How was he instrumental in later success stories such as Richer Sounds, networking and publishing?

  • What tips can you glean?

Plus a Q & A session to motivate you.


2.00pm - 2.30pm - Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics for HSBC UK Commercial Banking

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)


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 19th June, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre again which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.

Our NatWest/Worldpay Workshop / Q & A in Oct 2016

 

10.15am - 11.15am - Workshop 1 by Google

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

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BUILD Your Personal Brand Online - from Google

CLICK TO READ ABOUT GOOGLE AT OUR MAY EVENT

CLICK TO READ ABOUT GOOGLE AT OUR MAY EVENT

BSSW is very excited to be partnering for a fifth time with The Digital Garage from Google - a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online.

Patrick Cutliffe, a Google digital expert, is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever-changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions too.

Everyone can have a personal brand. Sign up to Build Your Personal Brand Online to learn how to identify your brand, build and protect your online presence, and best practice for sharing content to your network.

What will I learn?

  • What is a personal brand

  • How to build and monitor your brand online

  • How to increase your online visibility


Google at our October 2017 Business Showcase

Google at our October 2017 Business Showcase

This is a FREE but *ticketed* event.

For 19th June, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.


12.00pm - 12.30pm - Workshop TBC

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)


2.30pm - 3.30pm - Workshop 2 by Google

Production People Theatre (Main Stage)

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Build a Digital Marketing Plan - from Google Digital Garage

BSSW is very excited to be partnering for a fifth time with The Digital Garage from Google - a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online.

Google digital expert Patrick Cutliffe is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions too. 

Gain an introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build a strategy.

What will I learn?

  • Learn about the main digital marketing channels and how they are used to help businesses

  • Learn how to create and structure a practical digital marketing plan for a small business utilising the main digital marketing channels

  • Learn about how to measure your plan for success

CLICK TO READ ABOUT GOOGLE AT OUR MAY EVENT

CLICK TO READ ABOUT GOOGLE AT OUR MAY EVENT

Google at our May 2017 Business Showcase

Google at our May 2017 Business Showcase

 

This is a FREE but *ticketed* event.

For 19th June, the Workshops take place in the Production People Theatre which is located in the South Stand Concourse of The Stadium.


Seminars

Seminar from TedX Bristol in May 2016

Seminar from TedX Bristol in May 2016

Schedule TBC for 8 Seminars 

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


Breakfast networking

The breakfast event is a separate, pay-for event, that starts early (7.30am) on the day of the Business Showcase on 19th June. 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 19th June 2019.

 

 

Click here for newspaper review of our Breakfast Networking Sessions.


FREE Professional headshot

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