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Basingstoke Business Expo 2017

Thursday 30 March 2017, 10.00am – 3.00pm
The Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke

Event Information

The Basingstoke Business Expo is next taking place on Thursday 30 March 2017 at The Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke! The business exhibition, which is now in it’s sixth year, is the ultimate event for all ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Whether you’re an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore the possibilities of starting your own business – you will find something of interest at the show. At this free-to-attend business show, you will find a hive of creativity and activity from both our seminar programme featuring high-paced speed networking and inspirational keynote speakers, as well as from our variety of exhibitors showcasing the very best of local and regional businesses.


Venue Location: The Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke (RG24 9NU)

The Apollo Hotel Aldermarston Roundabout Basingstoke Hampshire RG24 9NU You can plan your journey to the event using the AA route planner Parking Information Free parking for visitors and exhibitors is available at the venue. Due to this event being so popular, the organisers will also be providing a free shuttle bus service from the Basingstoke Leisure Park – details will be launched nearer the time on how you can take advance of this free service. Venue Facilities The venue will be providing a cash bar for visitors and exhibitors throughout the day, serving a variety of hot and cold drinks and a selection of lunch meals, sandwiches and refreshments. The venue also accommodates easy access for wheelchair visitors. If you have any concerns regarding access, please call the venue directly.


Frequently Asked Questions: Everything you need to know about visiting the expo

What is the business expo all about and why should I attend?
The business expo is the biggest networking event locally and provides companies a place to do business. The event includes an exhibition hall, a seminar theatre, networking café, a connections wall and many other features that will provide you with support, inspiration or advice for starting or growing a business. The expo is an annual event and attracts hundreds of visitors. For many businesses, it is the ultimate event to be seen networking at in this region!
Why do I need to pre-register?
We recommend that you register in advance as it allows the organisers to estimate how many visitors are planning or would like to attend the exhibition. It’s also good practice to register before the expo so that you can receive event updates and emails to allow you to effectively plan your day at the business show. Even if you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to attend the event, we recommend that you still pre-register – you can always tell us nearer the time if you’re not able to attend the event after all.
How can I register to attend the expo?
You can register for tickets online via our website. Entry to the event is free, however we ask that you pre-register for the event. When you pre-register you will receive updates on the event, so you can keep up to date with everything we have planned, plus you’ll be entered into our prize draws!
How much does it cost to visit the expo?
The business expo is FREE to attend as a visitor. This is made possible through the commitment of the exhibitors who have paid to have an exhibition stand at the event to promote their business. Most, or all, of the seminars, keynote speakers and workshops are also free to attend, as well as the speed networking and connections wall. Businesses who want to showcase their services and be part of the exhibition as an exhibitor will need to pay a fee for their exhibition space/stand.
What is the agenda for the business expo?
There is no strict agenda for the business expo – you are free to turn up when you like and leave the event when you’re ready. We have put on a number of speakers, seminars and speed networking sessions and you can find the times of these events on our website. Depending on what you want to achieve from your visit to the expo, please plan your own agenda before arrival. We recommend that you plan in advance which seminars, exhibitor stands and keynote speakers you want to visit before attending the event to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities.
What is the best way to network at a business expo?
As an attendee to the business expo it is important that you take advantage of all the networking events we’ve organised at the exhibition. Make your visit to the event a success by walking around the exhibition hall, visiting the connections wall and perhaps paying a visit to the networking café. A lot of visitors have the chance to network with other visitors simply by buying a coffee or by starting conversations with other delegates in the networking zones.
What do I need to bring with me?
Firstly, we recommend that you bring plenty of business cards with you to the exhibition. Never underestimate how many people attend these events and how many business cards you may want to hand out to new connections. You can also bring flyers with you as a visitor, to display at the connections wall (but remember to not actively distribute these in the exhibition hall as this is seen as canvasing). We also recommend that you a pen and note pad to write down ideas that you have when at the event.
How can I promote my own business at the business expo?
As a visitor you are not permitted to sell directly to the exhibitors who have paid to have a stand at the event. However, we do provide visitors with plenty of opportunities to network and promote their products and services at the event. Be sure to stop by the connections wall, networking café, designated networking zones and of course the speed networking to ensure you take advantage of all of the free networking opportunities available to you as a visitor. Take interest in the companies who have paid to exhibit and if you feel like there is synergy between yourself as a visitor and an exhibitor, ask for their contact details and follow up with them after the exhibition.
What are the benefits of exhibiting?
The best way to network and promote your business locally is to exhibit at the business expo! Being an exhibitor helps to give your business a boost of promotion both at the event in front of hundreds of businesses and online before the event in our expo promotion and social media activity. Lots of businesses exhibit with us because they know it works. To find out more about exhibiting at the business expo, please go to our exhibiting or book a stand page.
Can I attend the expo even if I’ve not registered in advance?
If you didn’t have the opportunity to register in advance, don’t worry. You can still come to the exhibition for FREE. Simply turn up on the day of the event and our events team will register you when you arrive at the registration area by the main entrance (please allow between 5-10 minutes to register on the day of the event).

Event Programme

You can attend any of the keynote speakers or business seminars for free, when you pre-register for free tickets The UK’s top business speakers and leading industry experts will cover everything you need to know and offer you their invaluable experiences, tips and secrets to help you start or grow a business.


10.30am – Sas Huntwood Fear of Selling? Get Over It!

Why can’t you have fun whilst selling? Why do we fear sales so much? Join Sas Huntwood as she shares with you how to get over your fear of selling and also have fun whilst doing it! By playing games this interactive talk will start you on the path of having fun in selling in your business. Register for free tickets to the show

11.30am – Stefan Thomas, Instand Networking: Doing the stuff now which will help you sell more today Have you noticed that some people seem to be able to effortlessly sell to their network? Have you got caught in the trap that it’s all about relationship building, and that sales will come in time, but you’re still waiting? Stefan will explain to us, in an explosive 30 minute seminar, the strategies and techniques which networking pros put into action every day. You will learn why a common sense approach isn’t going to work and how being counter intuitive, and doing the things which others don’t, will put you massively ahead of your competitors every time. Register for free tickets to the show


12.30pm – Speed Networking

Hosted by 4Networking, one of the UK’s largest networking organisations. Don’t miss your chance to get into speed networking! Available for 40 visitors, this is your exclusive opportunity to get in front of lots of business owners and network for new connections. Spaces are limited, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Register for free tickets to the show


1.30pm – Nikki Wild Business Growth is all In the Mind

Businesses can tie themselves in knots trying to grow. Without a clear vision and plan to get there, they can end up going round in circles or standing still. Stephen Covey said “Start with the end in mind” (7 Habits of Successful People) and in her seminar, Nikki discusses how “starting with the end in mind” applies to business growth and how your mind is what determines whether or not your business grows. Register for free tickets to the show


2.30pm – Murray Cowell Customer Behaviour Is Changing: Are You Keeping Up?

Today, you must influence people long before they contact you. Despite popular misconceptions, email remains the most cost-effective lead-nurturing tool, with the highest ROI of all direct marketing. Yet most people struggle to write effective emails. If you’ve ever felt frustrated that your emails don’t bring you the sales you expect, don’t miss this fascinating insight into how email marketing can bring you a steady flow of highly qualified leads. Register for free tickets to the show

Book a stand and promote your business

Exhibiting at the Basingstoke Business Expo is the fastest way for you to increase sales in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and you’re guaranteed to benefit from booking… With between 400-600 visitors expected through the doors, booking a stand at Basingstoke’s largest business show provides you with the perfect platform to engage with quality decision makers face-to-face. You’ll have complete access to all types of businesses, from sole-traders to large corporations, plus the opportunity to do business in a positive and no-pressure environment. Our relaxed formula for the business show is enjoyed by all visitors and has been designed to help you quickly reach a wider customer base. When you exhibit with B2B Expos, you can have complete confidence that the event will be organised to a high standard and the security of knowing that booking a stand at our event is a sensible marketing decision. With 1m x 2m shell scheme stand prices starting from as little as £375+VAT, ideal for small and medium sized businesses, don’t leave it to the last minute to secure your space! You can read more about the benefits of exhibiting on our website or take a look at our online blog to get some inspiration.

Who typically attends our regional business shows?

Our events attract a wide range of visitors from sole-traders to large corporations. Typically we attract the decision makers. The people who can say ‘yes’ to purchasing your product or service. Unlike other events that attract a sea of consultants, we attract an audience including:

  • Managing Directors (40%)
  • Entrepreneurs/Start-ups (20%)
  • Business Owners (15%)
  • Marketing Managers/Assistants (13%)
  • Sales Executives/Managers (7%)
  • Other Professionals (5%)

This data is a summary/average from visitor registration at our last 10 events, so you know it’s information you can trust.

The types of businesses that attend and exhibit

As the name of our event suggests, our event is aimed primarily at businesses who serve other businesses locally and beyond. So if you’re company provides products or services to other businesses – you can’t afford to miss out on attending or exhibiting this business to business exhibition. Here’s just a few of the types of business services that exhibit with us:

  • Accountants
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Banks
  • Business Services
  • Commercial Cleaners
  • Computer Support
  • Franchises
  • Marketing Services
  • Networking Groups
  • Printing Companies
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • Security Services
  • Social Media Services
  • Software Companies
  • Solicitors
  • Specialist Removals
  • Stationery/Office Equipment
  • Telemarketing Agencies
  • Telephone Systems
  • Training Services
  • Vehicle Graphics
  • Waste Disposal
  • Website Designers
  • And many, many more…

How we’re marketing the event to attract visitors

As we are part of a growing nationwide network of business shows, our event not only advertised locally to local businesses, but to business across the UK. Unlike other business events, we invest thousands of ponds in the promotion of our business expos to help spread the word about the event and to attract the high volume of expected visitors. Here’s just a few of the ways we’re marketing the business expo:

  • Social media… Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Targeted adverts aimed at businesses online
  • Google AdWords Campaign
  • Targeted YouTube video campaign
  • Event website and search engine optimisation
  • Event campaign to around 10,000 businesses
  • Online advertising on FindNetworkingEvents.com
  • Direct mail campaign to over 2,000 businesses locally
  • Radio promotion
  • Local networking groups and national business shows
  • Event partners in the area and across the UK
  • Promotional leaflets, posters and invite cards
  • Adverts in local newspapers and local magazines
  • Talk Business Magazine and Elite Business Magazine

What’s included with your stand package…

  • A professional shell scheme stand, with a personalised company name board (power and spotlights available)
  • Free internet access (subject to availability)
  • Furniture for your stand including a display table and chairs (upgrades available)
  • An exhibitor listing in the printed show guide and on the event website
  • Delegate list – including company name, contact name, telephone number and email address (worth £250+VAT)
  • Bespoke social media campaign to drive visitors to your stand and increase your website traffic (worth £150+VAT)
  • Online promotion via our social networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Free welcome pack to help get you started
  • Free online training and webinars to help you get the most out of exhibiting at the business expo (worth £99+VAT)
  • Free ready-to-use templates and follow up communications to help you convert leads quickly
  • Entry in the ‘Best Stand Design’ competition for additional post-event promotion

How to book your expo stand

If you’d like to book your exhibition stand please complete our online booking form. How to book with B2B Expos: Booking an exhibition stand is easy and stress-free. Simply complete our online booking form and one of our events team will contact you to confirm your booking and issue you with an invoice for your stand. If you change your mind once you’ve booked, you have 14 days to cancel your booking for free. Would you like to book at more than one event? If you are planning to exhibit at more than one event, you will need to complete a booking form for each of the events as our events are organised by local partners. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or to speak to your event organiser.


Contact the Organiser

If you would like to find out more about the Farnborough Business Expo or to enquire about visiting, booking a stand or becoming a keynote speaker, please contact your local event organiser below. Event Organiser Matthew Larcome Tel: 01256 838386 Click here to send Matthew an email

About B2B Expos

Please note that this event is part of the B2B Expos group, which is a nationwide network of business shows specifically created with small businesses and entrepreneurs in mind. Our events provide you with a fantastic opportunity to meet, network and collaborate with hundreds of businesses locally, regionally and nationally. If you have any questions directly related to this event, please contact the event organiser above. Alternatively, if you’re question or enquiry is not related to this specific event please get in touch with our national support team.

Exhibitor List

Take a look below to discover which local companies will be exhibiting at the business exhibition. Our business to business expos attract a wide range of exhibitors, from accountants to website designers and legal specialists to support organisations; but they all have one thing in common – they’re exhibiting to showcase their latest products and business services that will either save you money, allow you to work more efficiently or to help you grow your enterprise! How to use the exhibitor list: Browse the exhibitor list below to find the companies/organisations that you are interested in. You can click on the company name to expand the listing, providing you with additional information such as sector/industry, a contact number and a link to the exhibitor website. Make a note of the exhibitors you would like to visit in advance to save you time when at the expo.


Company Name: Vivo HR
Industry: Consultancy & Support
Contact Number: Tel: 0845 463 9365
Website: www.vivohr.co.uk


Company Name: Despatch Point Limited
Industry: International logistics & freight forwarding
Contact Number: 01256 840884
Website: www.despatchpoint.com


Company Name: Ervin Hall Ltd
Industry: Legal Support for Businesses
Contact Number: 07919 164 500
Website: www.ervinhall.co.uk


Company Name: 8 Wealth Management
Industry: Wealth Management
Contact Number: 01489 501863
Website: www.eightwealthmanagement.co.uk


Company Name: Highfield Park
Industry: Hotel
Contact Number: 01189326369
Website: www.highfieldpark.com


Company Name: Costco Wholesale Ltd
Industry: Wholesalers
Contact Number: 01252 896958
Website: www.costco.co.uk

Company Name: Direct-tec UK Limited
Industry: Business Technology
Contact Number: 01959 568300
Website: www.direct-tec.co.uk
Company Name: Pure Human Resources
Industry: Human Resources services for small businesses
Contact Number: 01794 329470
Website: www.purehumanresources.co.uk
Company Name: Eric Robinson Solicitors
Industry: Solicitors
Contact Number: 02380 218029
Website: www.ericrobinson.co.uk

Are you interested in exhibiting? If you would like information on how you can promote your business at this event and details on how you can become an exhibitor, please contact the event organiser today!

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