Wednesday, March 27th

Solihull Business Expo

A total of 30 exhibitors and over 500 attendees helped make the first ever Solihull Business Expo a huge success.

Held at the Crowne Plaza Solihull, on Wednesday March 27th, the Expo was organised by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) to further promote Solihull town centre and its wide array of brilliant businesses.

Google Digital Garage partnered with the event to provide workshops on digital marketing, social media and self-promotion whilst delegates also brushed up on LinkedIn and were given a taster session on mental health in the workplace during their stay.

Over 40 people also took advantage of the free corporate headshot opportunity and had their photo taken by celebrity snapper Andrew Ogilvy.

Of those attendees who responded, 82% said they loved the Solihull Business Expo. Keep your eye on for further details on upcoming business events.

Workshop Lineup

Wednesday 27 March

10:30 - 11:15

Get Started on LinkedIn

Aimed at people who are completely new to using LinkedIn, this workshop will give you an overview of the platform, how to use it to promote yourself and your business. It will also cover what type of content you should put and how often you should post. Presented by Rich Brown.

With over 10 years experience in the charity sector, including Cancer Research UK and Acorns Children’s Hospice, Rich has learnt to maximise the potential social media can provide. Now as Head of Marketing for Quick By Design Rich will share best practice and top tips to make the most of LinkedIn.

The workshop will run from 10.30am - 11.15am

11:00 - 11:45

Build A Digital Marketing Plan

For small business owners and aspiring digital marketers who want to get to grips with the main digital marketing channels. You'll learn how to develop, implement and track a digital marketing strategy.

The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google's commitment to provide free digital skills training to students, entrepreneurs and individuals across the UK.

The workshop will run from 11.00am - 11.45am

11:30 - 12:00

Your Online Marketing and Social Media Toolkit

Whatever the scale of your organisation, online marketing and social media can be very cost-effective ways to market yourself; when done right, you’ll increase your brands reach, credibility and customer base.

During this presentation we’ll share some proven concepts that will empower your business to achieve this, along with some great tools to assist you in making the most of this powerful and varied marketing channel.

Presented by Jonny Allbut, Head of Digital at Wider. Exceptional quality in everything they create, Wider's technical knowledge and delivery is second to none; from print to web development they produce the highest quality output on every project.

The workshop will run from 11.30am - 12.00pm

11:30 - 12:15

Mental Health First Aid Taster

Fiona Sanderson, from Work Wellness, will be speaking on Work Wellness Mental Health support, Mental Health First Aid training and the Mental Health First Aid role.

Fiona is a highly qualified medical practitioner. She is an NMC Registered Nurse, has an Occupational Health Specialist Practitioner degree and qualifications in Communications and Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice.

For the last 10 years, Fiona has been providing occupational health services, mental and physical health assessments and mental health training to clients in the Midlands travel, engineering and retail sectors.

The success Fiona has achieved through her company, Work Wellness, is built around 2 core values: establishing rapport with employers and their employees and non-judgmental listening, leaving her clients with a commitment and desire for positive lifestyle change.

The workshop will run from 11.30am - 12.15pm

12:00 - 12:45

Social Media Strategy

For small business owners and aspiring social media marketers who want to find out about the key social media platforms businesses use and how to get the most out of them. We cover how social media can help your business grow, best practice, and how to measure success.

The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google's commitment to provide free digital skills training to students, entrepreneurs and individuals across the UK.

The workshop will run from 12.00pm - 12.45pm

12:30 - 13:15

Improving your presence on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a really powerful to that allows you to connect with other people. In this workshop we will cover how to maximise you LinkedIn profile and make meaningful connections with the right people. We will also cover how to maintain an active presence on LinkedIn in front of the right people. Presented by Rich Brown.

With over 10 years experience in the charity sector, including Cancer Research UK and Acorns Children’s Hospice, Rich has learnt to maximise the potential social media can provide. Now as Head of Marketing for Quick By Design Rich will share best practice and top tips to make the most of LinkedIn.

The workshop will run from 12.30pm - 1.15pm

13:30 - 14:15

Self Promotion Skills - #IamRemarkable

For everyone. Originally a workshop for Google employees, #IamRemarkable is a workshop that highlights to participants the importance of self promotion in their careers, providing them with the tools to start developing this skill.

The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google's commitment to provide free digital skills training to students, entrepreneurs and individuals across the UK.

The workshop will run from 1.30pm - 2.15pm

13:30 - 14:15

Making LinkedIn Work For You

Like all social media platforms, LinkedIn provides you with a great opportunity to promote yourself and your business. Whilst LinkedIn is a free to use platform, it takes time and effort before you see results. So, what is the best way to maximise the benefits and make LinkedIn really work for you? Presented by Rich Brown.

With over 10 years experience in the charity sector, including Cancer Research UK and Acorns Children’s Hospice, Rich has learnt to maximise the potential social media can provide. Now as Head of Marketing for Quick By Design Rich will share best practice and top tips to make the most of LinkedIn.

The workshop will run from 1.30pm - 2.15pm

14:30 - 15:30

Ask The Experts Panel

Our ‘ask the experts’ panel will share best practice in recruitment, GDPR, HR, insurance and apprenticeships. This is your chance to ask those burning questions to experts in their field.

On the panel will be:

  • Plum Personnel (Susie Ankrett) - How to recruit the best team
  • Prime Accountants (Morgan Davies) - Accounts, Business, Tax and starting a business advice
  • Solihull College & University Centre (Rosa Wells) - Information on Apprenticeships and management training
  • Thursfields Solicitors (Jade Linton) - Managing performance from a HR/Employment law perspective
  • A-Plan Insurance (Mark Birch) - Your business insurance needs
  • Vincent BMR Limited (Lee Vincent) - Are you compliant with GDPR?

The ‘ask the experts’ panel will run from 2.30pm - 3.30pm



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Andrew Ogilvy has a broad range of camera experience including portraiture, events, corporate headshots, product photography and feature film work. With clients ranging from business professionals to Oscar winning actors, rock stars and Royals, he delivers high quality results with the minimum of time and disruption.



A-Plan, Solihull was established in April 1993 and enjoys a prime location on Poplar Road in the town centre. We pride ourselves on getting involved with our local community, from working in partnership with local businesses and charities to being involved in Solihull based events.Please feel free to come in and say hello next time you are coming past.



How to do your own PR and secure publicity across Radio, TV & Print. Connect to UK Journalists looking for help with articles, stories and expert comments. Get started for only £150.


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We’re committed to creating finance solutions that customers trust and help our partners grow. As part of BNP Paribas, a leading global bank, we provide a range of simple and straightforward products that allow people to budget, spread payments and finance their purchases. Working with leading brands for over 45 years we help to attract customers, build loyalty and increase sales. We’re one of the biggest employers in the region with 600 colleagues based at our Head Office in Solihull.



At Bupa we use our health expertise to build a clear picture of where your current health is and identify potential future health risks. Your chosen health assessment will give you the ongoing guidance and support that will help you become healthier today and in the future. Referral pathways are offered to help you access specialist consultations and surgery, but Solihull has its very own Orthopaedic Consultants that help manage muscle and joint pain along with the support of our three physiotherapists.



Perfect for any event, from business meetings and training to casual dining, private parties and weddings, the Crowne Plaza Solihull has something to offer for everyone. Just off the M42 motorway, 10 minutes from Birmingham Airport and minutes from Solihull train station, it is easily accessible, yet enjoys a leafy lakeside setting. There are 12 recently refurbished meeting and event spaces for up to 200 people, a lakeside terrace and restaurant and leisure facilities (including a swimming pool), open to residents and our members.



Dallaglio RugbyWorks was founded by England World Cup Winner, Lawrence Dallaglio, OBE. RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on the values of rugby, through which it aims to get teenagers, 14-17 year olds, outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training. Participants are enrolled in Alternative Provision Schools, where Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaches work with teaching staff, using the values of rugby to help develop a wide range of essential skills for these permanently excluded teenagers. Working with corporate supporters, the programme provides vocational skills and work experience.



Graphic Arts Group are your local print and marketing partner. We will add value to your marketing team, work with you to maximise return on your marketing investment, deliver creative solutions and energise your brand. From our in-house design studio through to production and warehousing facility based in Coventry, we can meet all of your print, merchandise, signage and branding requirements. Corporate and Marketing Print; Promotional Merchandise; Signage; Display.




Situated off the M42 and close to the M6, M1 and M5 motorways, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole offers ample car parking space including Park & Fly packages. Hop on our complimentary shuttle from Birmingham International train station or Birmingham Airport. Best of all, we're just a quick stroll to the NEC, Resorts World Arena and Resorts World shopping and entertainment complex. From inviting guest rooms to spacious suites, there’s an ideal choice for you at Hilton Birmingham Metropole.


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At John Lewis and Partners Solihull, Personal Styling starts with you. We’ll help you find looks that work, to create a wardrobe that’s unique to you. Our Personal Stylists offer 5 free services in the Womenswear departments in our shops, during which they’ll offer various outfit options for you to try and advise on style and colour to fit and flatter you. We offer a free two-hour workwear appointment for both men and women, where your personal stylist will help you assemble versatile staples for your working day and beyond.



London & Zurich are an expert Payment Solutions provider. Our systems are designed to make it easier, more efficient and more secure to collect payments from your customers.



QualitySolicitors Davisons have been established for over 25 years, delivering a first-class legal service, which you can rely on for individuals and businesses. Our Solihull branch is based in the heart of the Solihull Town Centre, located on the Warwick Road opposite House of Fraser. Our team is made up of expert Lawyers specialised in their fields of Family, Wills and Probate, Conveyancing and Disputes. We understand every situation is different, and so we make it our mission to deliver a truly tailored service to our clients.



An award-winning venue where deals are done on and off the field. Ricoh Arena/Wasps operate across events in sport, business and entertainment welcoming the elite across all three fields. Located in Coventry and within two hours’ drive of 75% of England, we are home to 20,000sqm of conference/exhibition space, a 35,500 capacity stadium, a 121 room DoubleTree by Hilton, the UK’s largest casino, restaurants, coffee shop and bars. From meetings for 10 people, to corporate hospitality or the must-see concert tickets, our events team would be happy to talk to you,


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For over 30 years, Skipton has been offering clear, tailored financial advice. Having been entrusted with placing investments of more than £4.6 billion, we’ve assisted thousands of customers with their investment, retirement and inheritance tax plans. Our sole aim is to find a financial solution that’s right for your unique circumstances. You can have a review with our advisers in your home or local branch – we even offer video link appointments through your laptop or tablet. You can be assured that how, and when, you wish to act on our advice is entirely your choice – and we’ll give you all the time you need to make a decision.



Solihull is one of the strongest performing economies in the centre of the UK and offers a world class, connected location to live, work and invest in. It’s ranked among the top 10 UK locations for business and it is set to have the first High Speed Rail Central Interchange, known as The Hub, in its vicinity. Solihull is also home to the National Exhibition Centre, Genting UK’s new £150m Resorts World and the global automotive brand Jaguar Land Rover. We exist to connect, support and grow organisations from any sector across the Solihull area. Our members are from a vast range of sectors, making our network uniquely diverse and strong.



Solihull College & University Centre continues to be at the forefront of innovation with investment in outstanding facilities for our students. We apply flexibility and creativity in our delivery approach and work with our employer partners to provide effective training solutions. Our staff possess the expertise and drive to ensure apprentices leave the College with the skills necessary to make their mark in their chosen industry.



Solihull Council’s Business Investment Team offer a wealth of business support, tailored to company needs. Support includes: bespoke programme ‘Enterprise for Success’ to support start up and young businesses; support to find appropriate commercial property; links to recruitment and skills support; sustainable travel planning and agile working support; financial support, including regional grant programmes; and access to local networks and support organisations.



Solihull Moors FC were formed in 2007 following a merger between Solihull Borough FC and Moor Green FC. They play at The Automated Technology Group Stadium on Damson Parkway and currently compete in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. As well as a first team, the club runs plenty of youth and disability teams. They were given the Outstanding Contribution to Community award at the Solihull Chamber Awards 2018.



Solihull Radio is an online radio station that currently provides output seven days a week and is listened to in over 100 different countries live and through our dedicated podcasts. Nominated as an Outstanding Start-Up Business by the Solihull Chamber of Commerce, the station offers everything from news and consumer advice to sport, rock shows and easy listening. Based in the heart of Solihull, this growing community led station can support your business through live content and through bespoke podcasts that are hosted by the station and available to its global audience via Podbean, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.



We are established independent mortgage and insurance specialists based in Knowle with a team of advisers based nationally. We offer a whole market of products from both recognised and specialist providers for both business and personal needs, regardless of complexity. For help with mortgages, equity release, medical insurance, bridging finance and all types of protection, contact our friendly team for expert advice.


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Thursfields Solicitors has the resources and expertise to provide a full range of legal services to you and your business. Home to lawyers specialising in all legal fields including corporate, commercial property, probate, litigation, residential property, family and employment law. Winner of the Outstanding Team category in the Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2018, with over 150 staff, some having joined from leading national and international law firms, providing high quality advice and service. Thursfields is a full-service law firm with offices across the West Midlands and Worcestershire delivering excellence in professional services, their objective is to assist any requirements under one roof.


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Touchwood Shopping Centre offers an excellent platform for businesses to advertise their service or campaign to a busy passing footfall of approximately 13 million per annum. We offer a number of promotional and advertising opportunities which can be tailored to each individual requirement. In addition to our promotional opportunities, we will have some information on our room hire facilities. The Hub at Touchwood is home to a number of functional and comfortable meeting rooms which are available for corporate events, team building, dance classes and much more.



Solihull Town Centre is highly regarded as a location to do business, a magnet for investors and access to a highly skilled workforce. Solihull Town Centre is an important opportunity site within UK Central Solihull – the Council’s brand for economic growth and development across the Borough. The UK Central team at Solihull Council are responsible for planning and driving forward infrastructure and development projects which will make sure that the town centre can realise its full potential for growth, including a range of commercial and residential development opportunities, aligned with significant investment in public realm and transport infrastructure.



Leading cosmetic treatment facility that achieves highly effective aesthetic results. Vanité Clinic's professionals know that health is not just about cosmetic beauty: it is about feeling beautiful and healthy. It’s about prolonging the simple joy of looking your younger self! Their mission is to help their clients accomplish these goals in a painless, compassionate, and efficient way.



Business Management Resources: A fully integrated HR and Performance Management approach that maximises the potential of You and Your People for future growth and performance. In all sizes of organisation, we let People perform at their best, and make sure that Processes are Efficient, to save time and money, reduce risk, and maximise Profitability. Contact us to find out how: We Operate in Solihull and throughout the West Midlands.


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The St. Johns Hotel Solihull is proud to have the latest brand from IHG, voco™, above their door. They have been busy transforming the entire hotel, including their Meeting & Event spaces! Inspired by the meaning ‘to invite’ or to ‘come together’ in Latin, voco™ combines the informality and charm of an individual hotel, with the quality and reassurance of a global and respected brand. Voco St Johns Solihull offers an array of versatile meeting rooms that can adapt perfectly to your clients meeting & event requirements. Each of their 13 distinctive spaces are equipped with the latest AV equipment and modern technology. The Park Suite seats up to 800 delegates, or 600 for an evening function.


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At Waitrose & Partners we provide a range of options, both in branch and online, for the perfect lunch time meal, whether you’re catering for a large meeting with an online Entertaining buffet or popping out of office for a sandwich and a coffee, we’re here to help. Through our online Waitrose & Partners Entertaining service you can order; freshly prepared sandwich platters, canapes, salads, sushi and more, ready to serve or simply heat through. Our buffet foods are ideal for serving large numbers and catering for any unexpected gathering. Our sandwiches can be ordered 7 days a week, and delivered in 4 days direct to your home, venue or into branch to collect.


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The Business of Design - Wider is a creative agency specialising in branding, graphic and website design based in Solihull Town Centre. We work closely with our clients to design engaging communications and digital experiences. We are always looking to evolve our craft and work with ambitious organisations to help elevate their brand through strategic design and marketing.



Work Wellness Ltd are experienced Occupational Health Practitioners providing the following services to employers in the Solihull area: Mental Health First Aid England accredited training courses to help improve the mental health and resilience of your employees. Physical and Mental Health Checks, using NICE accredited health assessment calculators, supporting personalized advice, self-help signposting and specialist referrals.

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Number: 0121 285 1370

Crowne Plaza Solihull, 61 Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3QD


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