The next event is The Nottingham Business Expo at the Motorpoint Arena on Thursday 3rd of March 2016


Get your tickets for the Nottingham Business Expo 2016, here!


Olly Mann – 2 PM

Olly Mann is a writer, gadget correspondent and presenter. Best known for his work on the radop station LBC as the weekend evening presenter, he is also well known for his work with Helen Zaltzman with whom he presents award winning podcast ‘Answer Me This’. Mann is the gadgets correspondent for British Forces News on BFBS and reports on technology for Radio 2 daytime show Steve Wright in the Afternoon. His multiple TV appearances have come on shows such as BBC Breakfast, Lorraine, Sky News and the BBC News Channel as a newspaper reviewer.

Paul Southby - 3 PM

Paul Southby is a partner at the law firm Geldards LLP, and Chairman of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, the newly created place marketing organisation for the city and county which handles local inward investment and visitor economy campaigns and facilitates business for both bringing together the activities of Invest in Nottingham, Experience Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Means Business.

Andrew Neil (BBC1 Sunday Politics and BBC2 Daily Politics.) - 4 PM

Andrew Neil, is a highly sought after political speaker and is an accomplished event host known for his lively and entertaining speeches. Having had years of experience working within politics and having interviewed some of the worlds, he is rich in political and economic knowledge. Neil will be attending amongst other guest speakers from all areas of the business world to share tips, advice and personal experiences.


There will be a host of workshops taking place at this years Nottingham Business Expo. Take a look below to find out who are conducting them, where you can find them and at what time.

Workshop Room One

11.30 am - Air-IT

The Real Cost of Downtime – protect your critical systems from threats and disaster

In this user-friendly workshop, Air-IT will guide you through the simple and necessary steps to protect your business ICT systems from the many types of threat and disaster in 2016 and beyond. With experts from world-leading security and disaster recovery organisations - Sophos and StorageCraft - this is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Don’t let downtime kill your profits or reputation!

12.30 pm - Status Social

Ten Social Networks Which Could Transform Your Business

With the help of a stopwatch and a musical crocodile, Status Social’s Mark Saxby will talk about “Ten Social Networks Which Could Transform Your Business”. Mark will show you how each of these social networks (some you may never have heard of) could help you increase profits in your business, raise your brand awareness and improve your customer service.

1.30 pm - Hallam Internet

30 Killer Tips for Succesful Digital Marketing

In this fast paced and practical workshop, Jake will introduce you to 30 hot digital marketing techniques that you can use for lead generation, driving visitors to your website, increasing sales, and staying close to your customers. The secret to success is pretty simple, so come along and get inspired!

2.30 PM - University of Nottingham

Funding to help you innovate and increase your profitability

Over the last 40 years, 10,000 companies have seen the transformative impact of bringing cutting edge expertise into their business.

In this workshop, you will be able to find out your business can access funding to help you develop new products and services by tapping into University expertise.

Businesses that take part in this scheme typically see profits increase by £250k per annum on average.

Workshop Room Two

11.00 am - Nottingham City Council

How to Win Public Sector Contracts

Come along and hear from an expert about unlocking your business’s tendering potential. As well as giving you top tips the workshop will also include plenty of time for questions to focus on the issues that matter to you. 

Public sector tendering is often seen as complex, stuffy and difficult to understand. This workshop will break through the myths around tendering and provide easy and reliable tips to help your business approach public sector tendering successfully. It will be led by Mark Lloyd from Silverlock Tenders, a qualified procurement professional with 20 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain management. 

12.00 pm - Premier Legal

1.00 pm - Neustro

Cyber Crime comes to the Main Street:

Neustro will be discussing how small to medium businesses can protect themselves from the current threat landscape. 

2.00 pm - Macmillan Cancer Support

Each year almost 120,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer. Whether you are an employee, carer or business Macmillan can provide support and information about work and cancer.
Cancer affects people emotionally and physically. As an employer you can support staff through training, policy development and resources. If you are an employee or caring for someone with cancer while working it can be difficult to talk to your employer about it, there are laws in place to support you. Worries about money and work are very common for people affected by cancer. But they can seem especially tough if you are self employed or run your own business.
This 40 minute workshop will signpost attendees to our free information and resources, providing a brief overview of what is on offer and how you can get further support. Macmillan at work can help you manage cancer in the workplace.

Evening Networking Event

Straight after The Nottingham Business Expo takes place, there will be an evening networking event that will take place in the Bolero Suite at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. This event is ran in conjunction with RSViP and is sponsored by Lloyds Bank, who celebrated 250 years in business in 2015.

Everyone who attends the Nottingham Business Expo, as a delegate or exhibitor, will be able to take part in the evening event. The event will run from 5pm - 8pm and it will be a great chance to talk to some of the companies from the Expo in a more relaxed environment with a bite to eat and a drink.

Travel to The Nottingham Business Expo with East Midlands Trains!

Just call 03457 125 678 and select option 4 then quote NBE2016 to get your discounted tickets!

Travel restrictions

Valid for all services arriving into London St Pancras at or after 0956 and for trains departing London St Pancras until 1626 and at or after 1825 on weekdays.

On Liverpool - Norwich route tickets are valid after 0901 Monday - Sunday.

Nottingham Business Expo 26th Feb 2015

Nottingham Conference Centre 

February 26th saw Nottingham play host to its first ever Business Expo at Nottingham Trent Universities Conference Centre; attracting national and international attention, it was an opportunity to promote Nottingham as an investible city for business and encourage investment for the future (showcase what it already offers businesses and encourage business in the future).

Over 100 stalls and hubs were occupied by businesses and organisations from up and down the country providing opportunities and proposals to the hundreds of people attending.                            

As well as the constant stream of workshops on offer throughout the day, presented by the likes of AIR-IT, Potter Clarkson and D2N2, the expo also provided an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to present their business models to a panel of industry experts, in a dragons den style exercise, The Bull Pit. The winner being offered a 12 month membership to the Nottingham Means Business publication, a feature in The Nottingham Post and a string advertising and media marketing campaigns created in association with the All About Tourism group. After lengthy deliberation from the panel the wining candidate was Nicky Gray, founder of Food-Freedom, a company providing food intolerance and allergy training for restaurants and schools.

Simon Gray, Chief Executive of Nottingham Means Business and panellist for The Bull Pit said of the decision, “After much deliberation we chose Nicky Gray, Founder of Food Freedom. Her passion and drive was infectious and she has a proven business proposition, which is now ready to be taken to the next level. I'm delighted to welcome her as an honorary member of Nottingham Means Business for 12 months and look forward to working with her.”

A contributing factor to the success of the Expo was its inclusion of high profile Guest Speakers, who provided seminars throughout the day.


Nick Leeson, the man who single handily brought down one of the UK’s oldest merchant banks, Barings Bank, spoke of his time working for one of the world’s biggest financial organisations and where he now stands on decision making and risk assessment in business; Susan Hallam, owner of Hallam Internet, discussed Digital Marketing development; Founder of fashion label Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway, gave his advice on expansion within business and Gareth Davis CEO to some of the UK’s biggest organisations spoke of his experience at the top and fundamentals of maintaining a successful and healthy business. 


To top off the event, an extra opportunity to network was held at Nottingham’s Crowne Plaza hotel where ticket holders of the expo were invited to relax and discuss the events of the day over some free drinks provided (by the hotel). 
The feedback received so far has been extremely positive and we are now looking forward to an even bigger and better Expo in 2016.