The tenth New Start Scotland and the second Scottish Business Exhibition will run in Glasgow on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 November at the SECC and Sir Tom Farmer has been confirmed as keynote speaker.
The aim of the two exhibitions is to; encourage and aid start-up businesses and to assist development of corporate, mid-market and larger SMEs.
Supported by Experien, Corporate Traveller and Mercedes Benz, it is expected that 9,000 delegates will attend the exhibitions, where over 100 companies and supporting organisations will exhibit. Attendees can benefit from facilitated networking, one-to-one kiosks for consultation and advice (prior booking essential), seminars from Scotland’s business leaders and a Dragons’ Den type stage for start-ups or those seeking growth capital, from Angels Den.
There’s a serious focus on marketing communications this year as platforms develop further to aid businesses to engage with their audiences; the team from Google will host four sessions about how to use Google as an effective marketing tool and Felicity McCarthy, head of small & medium business marketing communications EMEA at Facebook, will talk about how to use Facebook to market and grow your company.
Other sessions include leaders in intellectual property, franchising, pensions, advice on contractual terms and conditions, brand, SEO, PR and social media.
Organisations such as Business Gateway, HMRC, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Companies House and Co-operative Development Scotland will all be under one roof, giving show attendees the opportunity to ask questions and understand what running a business involves.
Ceri Rogers, director of the exhibitions said:
“Set to inspire and encourage entrepreneurs in Scotland, the exhibitions will offer advice and workshops free of charge to some 9,000 attendees and there’s the opportunity to hear from some of Scotland’s most respected business leaders.
“Let’s not also forget that our Angels Den pitch platform is open to anyone who has a business idea and depending on how much the investors buy into the idea, you could win a substantial investment to see your project off the ground or grow your current business. You need to enter to be in with a chance!”