Events for starting or growing businesses

Make new connections, be inspired and network with hundreds of professionals at our local business expos
Join over 35,000 people that have already attend our events
Network with over 300 local businesses at each event
Meet with local suppliers,
partners and future customers
Learn from the UK's leading speakers and entrepreneurs

Our business expos are free one-day events to help professionals and local businesses network, learn and grow.

We bring businesses, start-ups and local organisations together under one roof to encourage networking, collaboration, support, conversations and partnerships.

All our exhibitors, workshops, free seminars and keynote speakers focus on helping you with sales, marketing, innovation and growth.

Whether you've been in business for a long time, or if you've just started, you'll find plenty of opportunities at your next local expo.

Free events to help professionals and local businesses network, learn and grow

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Reasons to visit

Here are just 6 reasons why you should attend our next event
Local exhibitors
Meet with over 50 local, regional and sometimes national companies exhibiting their services at the events
Keynote Speakers
Hear from the UK's business leaders, motivational speakers and industry experts live at our events
Free Business Seminars
Learn all about sales, marketing, financing, management, employing people and much more
Interactive Workshops
Increase your knowledge by learning from local experts in our free interactive workshops
Speed Networking
Network with other like-minded businesses in our facilitated speed networking sessions
Business Support
Get advice from local support organisations on anything from employing people to social media

Who attends and why you can't afford to miss our next event

Our events are often attended by small business owners, company directors, entrepreneurs, charities, council officials, local VIPs and anyone interested in starting or growing a business.

If you're not looking for new customers, or don't want to grow your business or network to meet new suppliers, perhaps our events aren't for you.

But if you're in business, or part of a business, and would like to see it succeed and grow, then we highly recommend you attend your next local business expo.

Frequently asked questions

Is it free to attend as a visitor?

Absolutely! All our business expos are FREE to attend as a visitor. You only pay if you want to book a stand, advertise in our show guides or business directories or sponsor one of our events. You also don't need to be a member to attend. Simply pre-register online for the events you want to attend.

Do I need to pre-register for tickets online?

Yes, we recommend you pre-register for the events you want to attend. This helps us to monitor attendance and keeps you informed with any updates to the event. We often send SMS or email notifications and event reminders to you as well.

What do I need to bring with me?

Firstly, we recommend you bring plenty of business cards with you to the expo. Never underestimate how many people attend these events and how many business cards you may want to hand out to new connections. We also recommend that you a pen and note pad to write down ideas that you have when at the event or attending any of the seminars.

Can anyone attend your events?

Yes, as long as they have a business, work for a business or are thinking of starting a business. Unfortunately we're unable to accept school children/college students to our events.

Can I invite a friend to attend the event with me?

Yes, the more the merrier! We recommend you invite as many people to attend the event with you as you can, especially if they will benefit from the networking opportunities, speakers and seminars.

Do I need to have an established business to attend?

No you don't need to have an existing business, as long as you're thinking of starting a business. You can also attend as an employee (e.g. marketing manager, business development manager or sales manager). Our events often attract business owners, directors, key decision makers, buyers and staff.

Can I still attend the event if I'm not a B2B company?

Absolutely! Many of our exhibitors are B2B companies (as they are in the marketplace to promote their services to other businesses) but visitors are usually a mixture of B2B and B2C companies.

How long do I need to stay at the event for?

The events are often open for 4 to 5 hours (depending on the size of the event), but you can stay for as long as you like. Unlike a conference, you can turn up when you want and go when you're done.

Do I have to go to the seminars or speed networking sessions?

Nope, the choice is yours. When you attend you'll get access to the exhibition halls, seminar rooms, keynote theatres and networking zones. But it's completely up to you what you do when you get there. On arrival we'll provide you with an event guide and floorplan so you can explore the event at your own pace.

How can I network at the business expo?

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. Remember, selling to exhibitors is not permitted.

Am I allowed to sell to businesses exhibiting?

No, absolutely not. This is a strict rule that we regularly enforce. Exhibitors have paid money to promote their businesses at the event, so it's unfair for visitors who can get into the event for free to attempt to sell to exhibitors. Any visitors found selling to exhibitors may be asked to leave.

How can I promote my business at the expo?

If you're looking to promote your business at the event you can either book a stand from as little as £295 plus VAT or you can advertise in the printed and digital show guides. For more information on our marketing opportunities please call us on 0845 139 9301 or email support@b2bexpos.co.uk

What do I get if I attend the expo?

Everyone attending the expo will receive a personalised name badge and lanyard, a printed show guide and occasionally a goodie bag packed with local information, printed merchandise and special offers.

Is there a certain dress code I need to follow?

Yes, the dress code is smart-casual. Of course, you can wear what you like, but remember that if you're in business that you'll be representing your business and first impressions always count.

Will there be food and drink to buy at the event?

Yes, you will be able to buy food and drink at the event. At each expo we team up with our hosting venue to organise a pop-up networking cafe where you can buy light refreshments and drinks throughout the event. Please make sure you bring either cash or a debit/credit card with you.

Can I still attend if pre-registration is closed?

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, so please allow between 5-10 minutes to register on the day of the event.

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When & Where

Here are the upcoming business to business expos

Farnborough Expo March 2022

Thursday
10
March 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Village Hotel, Farnborough

Portsmouth Expo March 2022

Thursday
24
March 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Village Hotel, Portsmouth

Basingstoke Expo April 2022

Thursday
07
April 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
The Apollo Hotel

West Sussex Expo April 2022

Thursday
28
April 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Fontwell Park Racecourse

Farnborough Expo March 2022

Thursday
10
March 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Village Hotel, Farnborough

Portsmouth Expo March 2022

Thursday
24
March 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Village Hotel, Portsmouth

Basingstoke Expo April 2022

Thursday
07
April 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
The Apollo Hotel

West Sussex Expo April 2022

Thursday
28
April 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Fontwell Park Racecourse

Southampton Expo May 2022

Thursday
12
May 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
St Mary's Football Club

Swindon Expo May 2022

Thursday
26
May 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Bournemouth Expo June 2022

Thursday
16
June 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Vitality Stadium

Reading Expo July 2022

Wednesday
06
July 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Reading Football Club

Guildford Expo July 2022

Thursday
14
July 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Holiday Inn, Guildford

Basingstoke Expo September 2022

Thursday
15
September 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Oakley Hall Hotel

Portsmouth Expo September 2022

Thursday
29
September 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Village Hotel, Portsmouth

Brighton Expo October 2022

Thursday
06
October 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Brighton Racecourse

Oxford Expo October 2022

Thursday
20
October 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Kassam Stadium

Birmingham Expo November 2022

Thursday
10
November 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Edgbaston Stadium

Southampton Expo November 2022

Thursday
24
November 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Hilton Hotel at Ageas Bowl

Got any questions?
We're always here to help!

If you're interested in visiting any of our events, but you've still got questions, please feel free
to call our events team on 0845 139 9301 or email support@b2bexpos.co.uk

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