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The Southampton Business Expo is next taking place on Thursday 24 November 2016 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton!
The business exhibition, which is now in it's fifth 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.
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Venue Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (SO30 3XH)
You can plan your journey to the event using the AA route planner
Free parking for visitors and exhibitors is available at the venue. Getting to The Ageas Bowl is simple. Situated just off Junction 7 of the M27, The Ageas Bowl is clearly signposted. The venue has over 2,000 free car parking spaces adjacent to the main exhibition. Venue postcode: SO30 3XH
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).
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 - Keynote Speaker
11.30am - Keynote Speaker
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.
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1.30pm - Keynote Speaker
2.30pm - Keynote Speaker
Book a stand and promote your business
Exhibiting at this year's Southampton 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 Southampton'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 £450+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.
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Who typically attends our regional business shows?
- 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
Here's just a few of the types of business services that exhibit with us:
How we're marketing the event to attract visitors
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:
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
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
Tel: 01256 838386
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About B2B Expos
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.
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.
STAND 01 - GRAND HARBOUR HOTEL
Company Name: Grand Harbour Hotel
Industry: hotel and meeting/conference facilities in Southampton
Contact Number: 02380 633033
STAND 10 - COFFEE SELECT LTD
Company Name: Coffee Select Ltd
Industry: Coffee Machines for Offices
Contact Number: 01256 242313
STAND 11 - CONDOR OFFICE SOLUTIONS
Company Name: Condor Office Solutions
Industry: Professional Office Printers and Photocopiers
Contact Number: 023 8024 6090
STAND 13 - CLUETT REEVE RECRUITMENT SPECIALISTS
Company Name: Cluett Reeve Recruitment Specialists
Industry: Recruitment Specialists
Contact Number: 01489 581888
STAND 16 - LYNBYRD EXPRESS LIMITED
Company Name: Lynbyrd Express Limited
Industry: Business Growth, Training & Support
Contact Number: 0234 245007
STAND 24 - LUCKETTS TRAVEL
Company Name: Lucketts Travel
Industry: Coaches and Mini Bus Hire for all occasions
Contact Number: 01329 823755
STAND 28 - INNOVATE WEBSITES
Company Name: Innovate Websites
Industry: Websites for small businesses
Contact Number: 02380 275253
STAND 33 - POLESTAR
Company Name: Polestar
Industry: Independent Financial Advisor
STAND 39 - D YOUNG & CO
Company Name: D Young & Co
Industry: Intellectual Property Services for SME's
Contact Number: 02380 719500
STAND 45 - UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH BUSINESS SCHOOL
Company Name: University of Portsmouth Business School
Industry: Business school and training courses
Contact Number: 02392 844323
STAND 46 - 12 COLLEGE PLACE BARRISTERS
Company Name: 12 College Place Barristers
Industry: Barristers in Hampshire (Southampton)
Contact Number: 01256 838386
STAND 47 - VIVO HR
Company Name: vivoHR
Industry: HR Consultancy and Support in Hampshire
Contact Number: 07729 263769
STAND 48 - TILLISON CONSULTING
Company Name: Tillison Consulting
Industry: Digital Marketing Agency
Contact Number: 023 9223 0794
STAND 52 - MAINCOMS LTD
Company Name: Maincoms Limited
Industry: Business Communications Solutions
Contact Number: 0333 358 3000
STAND 54 - COMPANIES HOUSE
Company Name: Companies House
Industry: Government Organisation
Contact Number: 02920 380628
STAND 56 - FABULOUS WOMEN
Company Name: Fabulous Women
Industry: Business Networking & Support
Contact Number: 07768 197507
STAND 60 - SUTTON WINSON LIMITED
Company Name: Sutton Winson Limited
Industry: Independent Insurance Broker
Contact Number: 0845 688 9088
STAND 62 - MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB
Company Name: Marriott Hotel and Country Club
Industry: Hotel and Conference Facilities
Contact Number: 01329 833455
STAND 64 - BASEPOINT BUSINESS CENTRES
Company Name: Basepoint Business Centres
Industry: Business Offices in Hampshire
Contact Number: 01329 848700
STAND 67 - 8 WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Company Name: 8 Wealth Management
Industry: Wealth Management
Contact Number: 01489 555180
STAND 68 - NEW FOREST HOTELS
Company Name: New Forest Hotels
Industry: Hotel with conference and meeting facilities
Contact Number: 02380 286119
STAND 69 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE
Company Name: Intellectual Property Office
Industry: Business Support
Contact Number: 0300 300 2000
STAND 75 - B&V
Company Name: bandv
Industry: Content marketing and advertising agency in Hampshire
Contact Number: 02380 433348
STAND 76 - SCIRUM LTD
Company Name: Scirum Ltd
Industry: Business support
Contact Number: 01264 860060
STAND 81 - THE BLUE LAMP TRUST
Company Name: The Blue Lamp Trust
Industry: Driver Training
Contact Number: 0300 777 0157
STAND 85 - MAGNUM EVENTS LTD
Company Name: Magnum Events Ltd
Industry: Conferences and Events
Contact Number: 0845 2600 870
STAND 94 - ERIC ROBINSON SOLICITORS
Company Name: Eric Robinson Solicitors
Contact Number: 02380 218029
STAND 95 - SILVER LINING CONVERGENCE
Company Name: Silver Lining Convergence
Industry: Business Communication Specialists
Contact Number: 0845 313 1111
STAND 96 - SILVER LINING CONVERGENCE
Company Name: Silver Lining Convergence
Industry: Business Communication Specialists
Contact Number: 0845 313 1111
STAND 99 - PURE HUMAN RESOURCES
Company Name: Pure Human Resources
Industry: Human Resources services for small businesses
Contact Number: 01794 329470
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!