Thursday September 28th 2017


The Shrewsbury Business Expo is one of the Chamber’s most popular and is a great opportunity for businesses to:

– Network
– Promote your company
– Find new suppliers
– Generate sales leads
– Increase your product and service    profile
– Make new business contacts

Breakfast Meeting Agenda:

8.00 to 8.30 Registration and Networking

8.30 to 10.00 Breakfast Meeting hosted by Marches Growth Hub.

During the Breakfast meeting you will hear from Marches Growth Hub Shropshire on the services available, The Marches Technical Assistance team on the funding programmes and what the future holds in EU funding terms and also Head of Economic Growth from Shropshire Council on the Economic Growth Strategy and what it means for Shropshire Businesses.

Guest speakers:

Amy Farley – Marches Growth Hub
Gemma Davies – Economic Growth Strategy and Shropshire’s Vision
Gary Spence – ERDF funding – What we have and what the future holds
Shropshire Council and their ERDF Technical Assistants team joined with The Marches Growth Hub will be hosting the breakfast meeting.

The Marches Growth Hub offers a single point of access to information and guidance on business grants, loans, support and advice available to enterprises across the region, regardless of sector or size of development.

10.00 to 13.30 Business Expo opens – Visit the many exhibitors who are looking to promote their services and welcome you.

10.30 to 11.15 SEMINAR 1   Background on Shoothill; how they got started in software, some of the mistakes they’ve made, what projects they’ve undertaken (including Government funding from Innovate UK) and the use of open data, and the Internet of things. How to solve business problems with bespoke software and how it can benefit your business (when off the shelf simply doesn’t fit your needs). This part will also cover when you should think about engaging a software developer and tips on how to engage with them. Who will this appeal to? This should appeal to anyone in business who wants to learn from others and anyone with an interest in Technology and software.


11.30 to 12.00 SEMINAR 2Introducing  Connect 2 Grow Connect 2 Grow, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be delivered over the next two years across the Marches (Telford, Shropshire and Hereford) and offers SMEs:

  • one-to-one and group support activities
  • workshops covering topics such as web design, online marketing, social media and cyber security

Events will be streamed live, recorded and hosted, or recorded and uploaded post event enabling flexible and easy access for businesses.

We also have a Drone Training Academy at the Business Solutions Centre at the University of Wolverhampton.  Our experienced trainers/pilots will teach you everything that you need to know, to become a safe and professional Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot.

Our pilots will be available on the day, and will also be giving demonstrations of drone flying (weather permitting)

Connect 2 Grow is delivered through the University of Wolverhampton’s Business Solutions Centres.


12.15 to 13.15 SEMINAR 3Everything you (n)Ever Wanted to Know About Google AdWords. Whether you’re new to Google AdWords or have an account you’d like to improve, this talk is for you. Head of Search Russell explains everything from account structure and negative keywords, to why you shouldn’t search for your own ads.

(Seminars will run whilst the Expo takes place. You are free to dip in and out of the Expo and seminars throughout the whole event)

13.30 to 14.30 Networking Buffet Lunch – After a busy morning of networking, make sure you book your lunch to end the day in a relaxed environment.

A list of exhibitors who have booked so far:

  • Oswestry Waste Paper Ltd
  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group
  • Halls (Property)
  • Worldpay
  • NatWest
  • Shropshire Constructing Excellence
  • DIT (Department for International Trade)
  • Shropshire Chamber
  • Marches Growth Hub
  • Connecting Shropshire
  • Invest in Shropshire
  • University of Wolverhampton – Business Solutions
  • Dyke Yaxley
  • Whittingham Riddell
  • My Simple Mortgage Ltd
  • Just Credit Union
  • Hatchers
  • Nick Jones Wealth Planning
  • Aston University
  • Chrisbeon
  • Clear
  • Lanyon Bowdler
  • Global Freight Services
  • ICANetwork Ltd
  • Bespoke Computing
  • Henshalls
  • myworkwear
  • Network Telecom
  • Barringtons
  • The Shrewsbury Club

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