Solihull Business Expo 2020

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When: Thursday, October 8th, 2020
Where: Ramada Solihull Hotel, The Square, Solihull, B91 3RF

 

Please Note: This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 8th

The Solihull Business Expo – the town’s biggest celebration of business – will be back even bigger and better this October.

A showcase of all that is great about Solihull’s business community, the 2020 Expo will be held at the historic Ramada Solihull Hotel in the heart of the town centre on Thursday, October 8th (10am – 3.30pm).

The first ever Solihull Business Expo, organised by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID), took place in March 2019 and proved to be a huge success for exhibitors and visitors alike with over 500 attendees.

Join us at the Ramada – the former 17th century coaching inn – to discover exactly why Solihull has become a focus point attracting companies not only locally but globally.

The prestigious Expo will feature a wide-range of businesses exhibiting their products and ideas whilst attendees will be able to access a wealth of knowledge through a number of seminars on subjects such as marketing, PR, social media and networking as well as training from Google Digital Garage.

Visitors can take advantage of our free corporate headshot opportunity to add a touch of professionalism to their company or social media profileThere is the opportunity to build relationships in the Networking Lounge as well as be in with the chance of winning a number of exciting prizes.

Everyone who attends the event on the day will be entered into the draw which will include prizes such as: one night stay for two including dinner and breakfast at Ramada Solihull Hotel, a weekend family ticket for Solihull Summer Fest, a Touchwood voucher, a free advert in the InSolihull Magazine, a Co-op hamper plus many more.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday, October 8th and showing why Solihull is the hotspot for talent, innovation and success. Solihull means business!

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10.15 – Digital marketing – Are your channels working for you? James Ebdon-Muir, Astute Media

James Ebdon-Muir, the head of digital at Solihull-based marketing agency Astute Media, will give Digital Marketing a context and explain why it is so important for you and your business. 

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11am – Realising the potential of LinkedIn in 2020. Rich Brown, Quick By Design

LinkedIn provides you with a great opportunity to promote your business, but how can you harness its full potential?

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11.45am – How to get free publicity in TV, Radio and the press. Rachael Taplin, BlueBoo Media

Learn how to become a media expert and secure thousands of pounds worth of publicity for next to nothing.

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12.30pm - Developing a more inclusive workplace, Morgan Lobb, Vercida

With a career spanning over 30 years, Morgan is the Founder and CEO at VERCIDA and is a respected figure in the field of equality and inclusion.

Morgan was voted as one of the top 50 global diversity specialists by the Economist and regularly gives talks and presentations on diversity and inclusion.

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1.15pm – Brexit, business & beyond. Ojay McDonald, Association of Town and City Management

Change is coming, that bit is certain. The problem is, what change do we plan for?

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2.00pm – Make networking work for you. Joan Smith, Jintro.

Would you like to improve your networking skills and techniques? Why should we network? Where should we network?

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2.45pm - Futureproof your business. Jean Paul Betancourt Paz and Kelly Xue, Lucent Financial Planning

Change is inevitable! With constant changes economically and technologically, it can often feel we are running just to stand still. Is this the same for our individual plans?

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10.30am – Build Effective Presentations

Discover how to structure a presentation to tell a story and the skills to help you present confidently. Learn how to design your presentations, with guidance on fonts, layouts, images and making use of video.

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11.30am – Get started with Digital Advertising

We take you through a practical approach to using digital advertising, including developing an advertising plan for a channel and measuring its success.

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1pm – Get your business visible on Google

We cover creating a listing for your business on Google Maps and provide training in how to monitor and maintain your website's presence on Google My Business.

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A percentage of tickets for the seminars will be available before the event and the rest will become available, on a first come first served basis, on the day.


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Everyone who attends the Solihull Business Expo will be entered into a prize draw which will include the following prizes:

  • Free advert in the InSolihull Magazine (Solihull BID)
  • Overnight stay for two, dinner and breakfast included (Ramada Solihull Hotel)
  • £50 Touchwood gift voucher (Pearcelegal)
  • Co-op hamper (Co-op Funeralcare)
  • Weekend Family Summer Fest Pass - 2 adults / 2 children - worth £180 (Solihull Summer Fest)
  • VIP media pass for 60 days so you can access and complete the 6 Week Publicity Challenge (BlueBoo Media)
  • One free teeth whitening session (Vanite Clinic)
  • Gift voucher (Touchwood)
  • 10% off your first legal fee (up to a maximum of £500) and a bottle of fizz (Thursfields)
  • Voucher for an evening meal for two (CGI)
  • Afternoon tea for 2 (voco St Johns Solihull)
  • Enhanced Health Assessment (BUPA)
  • A hamper (Solihull Observer)
  • Free Astute Media Social Media Training Course of the winner’s choice, worth £150 (Astute Media)
  • Factory tour for 2 at either Jaguar Experience Castle Bromwich or Jaguar Land Rover Experience Solihull (Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Bottle of Champagne (John Lewis & Partners)
  • Tickets to 10cc’s Graham Gouldman show (The Core Theatre)

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EXPO PROGRAMME

For a full list of businesses exhibiting and more in-depth speaker profiles, please take a look at the Expo programme below

 

 

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