Five Free Business Events to Visit in 2016

Five Free Business Events to Visit in 2016

Business events can be a great resource, even for the most cash-strapped entrepreneur

By David Kiriakidis

We all get it at some point – that complete lack of inspiration or creativity. Even the most successful of entrepreneurs will own up to it. One of the best ways to get over it is to do what writers do when tackling writer's block: take yourself away from the story momentarily. In business, one of the best methods is to get out there, and attend an event.

From simply wandering around an event, to attending seminars, or exhibiting your business, there are lots of ways you can get involved, dependent on how much time and money you have.

Sadly, since early-stage business owners are often low on budget, free business events provide a route for new entrepreneurs to meet their industry, and learn and get advice from people who've been in their position for a while. It's an opportunity to feel inspired – all over again.

So, we’ve travelled the lengths and breadths of Google to find the best free business events you can attend in 2016. Some are new, some old. Some are big, some are small. But they all share one thing: they’re great ways for you to spend a day learning new things and growing your business.

1. Retail Business Technology Expo 2016

9-10 March 2016, Olympia London

Touted as the "must attend event for retail, hospitality, travel, entertainment, leisure operators and retailers”, the Retail Business Technology Expo is one of the biggest events in the retail sector. Taking place every year, it features a wide range of conferences, seminars and workshop, a ‘chill-and-charge’ lounge and the promise of plenty of networking opportunities, inspiring talks and awesome new products.

From keeping up to date with the latest innovations to attending talks filled with advice and expertise from industry leaders, it should be a key date for your calendar.

Register here.

2. The Business Growth Show 2016

Find your nearest event here.

Geared towards everything you need to know about growing your business and reducing costs. This event has a fantastic line-up of expert speakers, seminar and workshops sharing knowledge and expertise. Being non-industry specific, anyone can benefit, with great opportunities to network and meet new suppliers through the exhibition.

Register here.

3. The Business Show 2016

11-12 May 2016, Excel London

Based at London’s Excel, The Business Show offers “opportunity, advice and information” that's crucial for ongoing business growth within a challenging economy. High-profile key speakers include Dragon’s Den’s Touker Suleyman, and West Ham United and Ann Summers co-owner David Gold. Masterclasses cover hot topics like selling a business and global expansion.

It's a must for any business owner's 2016 diary.

Register here.

4. Silicon Drinkabout

Takes places regularly in Manchester.

Located within walking distance of Manchester's Arndale Centre, Silicon Drinkabout is a weekly get together for 'startups and techies' to meet like-minded people, network and relax at the end of the working week. Founded by Mind Candy, the event has grown and become popular all around the world, with its clear focus of connecting and supporting startup communities and the people that own or work in startups.

Find other locations.

5. International Festival for Business 2016

13 June - 1 July 2016, Exhibition Centre Liverpool

If your business serves a global audience, attending the event promises plenty of benefits. The International Festival for Business 2016 is series of events spread across a 2-week period that offers a wealth of business opportunities for anything from startups to blue chips. It features an unmissable series of seminars, a wide array of influential speakers, thought leaders and innovators, as well as networking opportunities with companies from around the world.

Register to attend.