The Business Show, an annual free exhibition for business leaders and investors, is taking place at the ExCel Centre in London on the 11th & 12th of May. Sponsored by Hyve Managed Hosting and E. ON Energy, The Business Show has gone from strength to strength during its 12 years of running, causing some to call it the “the country’s leading business exhibition”.

A combination of Prysm’s previous events ‘The Great British Business Show’ and ‘Business Startup’, the event is held with the primary focus of encouraging businesses to both improve and expand. This year The Business Show boasts 350 exhibitors and a host of key guest speakers, who will be providing a wealth of advice for both start-up businesses and those looking to go global. The Show welcomes investors, so there’s something for everyone!

What Can You Expect From The Business Show?

The Business Show is proud to announce yet another exciting list of speakers, including Brad Burton, the UK’s No1 motivational speaker, and Raja Saggi, the Head of Marketing at Google. Hilary Devey CBE will also be present, an award winning businesswoman and entrepreneur who revolutionised the palletised distribution industry nationwide when she launched Pall-Ex in 1996, and has appeared on popular British TV shows such as Dragon’s Den and The Secret Millionaire due to her innovation. The above names are just a few amongst the large number of speakers that will be present over the two day period; a full list is present on The Business Show website.

A number of different ‘Zones’ will be present throughout the event, including the Marketing Zone, where tips and techniques will be given in order to help businesses expand. Visitors can then find themselves receiving information and help on the latest financial technologies in the Finance Zone, where they can also pitch to a panel of multi-millionaire investors. The Business Show prides itself on aiding start-ups and SMEs and the Startup Zone will be hosting a number of successful business leaders providing their secrets; there’s a reason it’s Europe’s leading event for starting a business! Information on these Zones and the others that will be present can be found on the website.

Over 170 masterclasses will be held at The Business Show, providing businesses and investors with everything they need in order to aid development. These classes range from ‘Business Oomph’ held by representatives from KPMG to protecting your business from theft held by talkers from The Intellectual Property Office.

The Business Show Awards 2016

For the first time in The Business Show’s 12 year history, it will be hosting an awards ceremony at the ExCel Centre on the 11th & 12th of May, coinciding with the main event itself. A judge of panels, including the Head of Marketing at KPMG, will present the SME Website, SME Marketing and SME Finance awards 2016. Aimed specifically at SMEs, these awards will be given to businesses or individuals that have provided the best product or service in these categories to aid the growth of SMEs in a challenging economy.

Why The Business Show Is Not Something To Be Missed

The Business Show hosts a wealth of information and advice for business start-ups or for those looking to expand their business globally, as well as aiding investors in what to look for when investing. Expecting 25,000 business owners, hosting 350 exhibitors, 170 masterclasses and 250 seminars, The Business Show is a fantastic way to network your business and learn vital tips and guidance. As well as this, it’s completely free so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

The event is sponsored by companies such as 4Networking, London Entrepreneurs Network (LEN) and Conex, and is managed by Barclaycard, so you can be sure that this will be a must-attend event. Bianca Miller, founder of The BE Group, a company that provides services to help businesses become more profitable, productive and competitive, said about the event “it is a great networking opportunity, it’s great to find out about new businesses, opportunities and propositions, and all in all just a great event.” Make sure you do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity taking place at ExCel London (E16 1XL), a 10 minute walk from Canary Wharf, in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, on the 11th & 12th May 2016. Be sure to order your free tickets here.

Written by Anna Lemos