The Top Five Free Business Events of 2015

The Top Five Free Business Events of 2015

Every business should be taking advantage of regular networking opportunities, but it can be costly. Here are the five great free events your business should have been at in 2015

By David Kiriakidis

Business events could be a crucial part of your long-term growth strategy and can drastically improve the standing of your company within your sector or industry. From networking opportunities to actually exhibiting there are lots of ways you can get involved, often at no cost to the business other than time. There’s often the promise of drinks, too. And let’s face it, networking is a lot better when alcohol is involved.

London, being the hub of business and innovation that it is, has an obvious concentration of business events but there are some fantastic events going on up and down the country, from the developing tech metropolis that is Manchester to Bristol and its burgeoning startup scene. In this post, we take a look at the best events your business should have a presence at this summer, and that don’t involve the assault course that is the London Underground. Or £7 pints.

5) The Venue Expo 2015

This one is a little bit targeted towards the MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) but if you have ANY involvement with it, it’s one of the most important shows for your business to be at. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors all looking to do business and network. Get it in your calendar.

Details: Exhibition Centre Liverpool

8-9 September 2015

Register for free tickets here.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Exhibition Centre Liverpool: Home to the No.1 event in the MICE industry calendar

4) Expo NorthWest

With around 80 companies exhibiting, Expo North West is set to be one of the brightest B2B events in the region designed for SME’s and run by SME’s.

Details: Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley

Thursday 15th October

Book your free tickets here.

Turf Moor Stadium
Turf Moor Stadium: Plays host to the must attend exhibition for businesses in the north of England

3) Introbiz Business Expo 2015

The Introbiz Business Expo is one of Wales’ biggest business exhibitions in 2015 and is a great place for business industry movers and shakers from across the UK to gather under one roof over 2 days.

Held over two days, there is a superb line-up of Keynote speakers and fantastic opportunities for networking.

Details: Cardiff City House of Sport, Leckwith, Wales

5th – 6th November, 8am – 5pm

Go and get your free tickets here.

Intro biz Business Expo 2015
Intro biz Business Expo 2015: A line up that would put Glastonbury to shame.

2) The Scottish Business Exhibition, Glasgow

This free show gives your business access to all the suppliers, support organisations and partners you need to increase your profitability and drive your company forward. The fantastic line up of seminar speakers includes the best of Scottish Business. You can spend your day learning from the country’s most successful business people and develop valuable skills to transform your business in a series of interactive workshops and other growth focused activities.

Details: SECC, Glasgow

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th November, 10am – 4pm

Reserve your free tickets here.

Scottish Business Exhibition
Scottish Business Exhibition: Networking with a bit of 'Scottish Charm'

1) The Business Growth Show, Manchester

The Business Growth Show is a B2B Expo running shows up and down the country (Check their website for the nearest one to you), and is one of the largest events for medium businesses in the UK. It’s focused one all types of industries and many levels of seniority, so the opportunities to meet professionals you’ve never met before is huge. The event is jam-packed with plenty of attractions, such as seminars, workshops, and a business advice clinic, as well as some fantastic keynote speakers. This should definitely be on your calendar!

Details: AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester

Thursday 16th July, 10am – 4pm

Get your free tickets here.

The Business Growth Show
The Business Growth Show: They're not all like the man at the top right of the picture. Promise.

If there are any exhibitions or events you think should be essential visits for SME and Business owners in the UK, then we’d love to know, just drop us a comment on Twitter (@Fleximize).