Business success depends on a number of factors – not least the needs to be inspired from time to time and to meet other successful firms, large and small. The B2B Roadshow provides both. From relatively small beginnings a year ago, the show has grown to the point where 80 exhibitors from the private and public sectors were able to show their wares to almost 1,000 delegates.
The organisers had to find a much larger venue in Edinburgh this year – they chose Murrayfield Stadium – and will now take the show out of the Central Belt, south into England and north to Aberdeen and Inverness. The Caledonian Mercury was there to see what went on.
At a time of economic difficulty, it’s all the more important for businesses – SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in particular – to get together, to show their wares and find out more about each other.
That’s what the B2B Roadshow in Glasgow was designed to do. It’s the kind of event where new business alliances are formed, contacts are made and people leave seminars better informed.
This latest event attracted more exhibitors than before, much to the delight of the organisers:
For the first time, the B2B roadshow has been held in Edinburgh. It’s a business networking event that moves throughout the UK helping companies come together and grow through networking and seminars.
The main attraction for many of the delegates was Kirsty Henshaw, who shot to prominence when she persuaded two of the dragons on Dragons’ Den to back her. Her company, Worthenshaws Freedom, produces a range of health and “free from” foods, turning over £300,000 a month – up from £3,000 in under a year.
There were over 30 exhibitors at the event at the Thistle Hotel, all specialists in their own field, offering business advice and support to the delegates. The seminars held throughout the day covered relevant topics such as sales, marketing, social media, SEO (search engine optimisation), business growth and how to get the most out of networking.
The Caledonian Mercury‘s David Calder spent the day there: