Big Business 2016

Day Three – Thursday 27 April

Our final day and the last chance to network with local businesses at our Salisbury & Wiltshire Business Expo, don’t forget to sign up for our workshops, seminars and 121 clinics and stop by the FSB marquee to meet the rural business community. Finish the event and celebrate with us as we network with over 100 businesses at our BBQ Networking Event!
Full details on our third day can be found below…

The Days Events

  • Networking

    Breakfast for Growing Businesses
    Hosted by Inspire
    The Guildhall

    7.45 - 9.00am

    Join Inspire for some informal peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing over a light breakfast. With a new focus on scaling up businesses, Inspire are pleased to be helping businesses reach their ambitions and grow. We have found that growing businesses can often face similar hurdles along the way and learning how to overcome these obstacles from one another as well as experts is extremely beneficial. Join us to meet like-minded businesses, ask any questions, meet some of our Partners and the Inspire team and learn about the opportunities available in Swindon and Wiltshire to help your business take the next step.
    Inspire is Wiltshire’s Biggest Business Network; Inspiring, advising and supporting enterprise across Swindon and Wiltshire.

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    The Big BBQ Networking Event
    The Guildhall and Guildhall Square

    6.00 - 8.00pm

    Food, drink and live music will be provided.
    Tickets cost £8.00 per person. You must purchase your ticket prior to the event. Click button below to book your tickets now.

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  • Seminars

    How to use Twitter to engage with your target audience
    Hosted by Introtweet
    The Guildhall


    Introtweet was established in July 2013 by Laura Brown & since then has grown into a successful Social Media business with a brilliant reputation both in their local Taunton area & across the UK. Introtweet are great speakers & regularly speak at local business events & are a regular feature at both The Spring & Autumn Fair, Europe's largest retail fair, and recently ran a masterclass at MODA, Britain's largest fashion retail fair.

    Laura & Peter help businesses maximise the potential of Social Media either via Social Media management, Social Media training, large scale workshops or online support. Some of their clients have included world leaders in their industry & most recently, South West Water have taken advantage of their workshop services.

    What you can expect from this seminar:

    • an understanding of the benefits of Twitter for your business
    • practical tips for launching your business on Twitter
    • detail on features to help you take your Twitter presence to the next level
    • top Twitter timesavers
    • our keys to Twitter success

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    Know Your Business With Google Analytics
    Hosted by The Digital Garage
    The Guildhall


    Learn about the importance of digital analytics and how to use a tool such as Google Analytics to collect data, understand insights and create goals for your business.

    We'll cover the following:

    • An Introduction to Analytics
    • Setting up and using Google Analytics

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    An introduction to the Department for International Trade
    Hosted by Business West
    The Guildhall


    Allyn Rogers is an International Trade Adviser for the Department of International Trade. Allyn has spent 15 years in commercial sales within the healthcare industry and holds an MBA from Imperial College London. He is an accredited Sales Performance facilitator, licensed to deliver Miller Heiman sales process training. Prior to joining DIT he worked in Nigeria for 5 years as head of sales for International SOS, providing medical services to the Oil & Gas industry, and before that he worked in Toulon, France as an export manager for a surgical devices company.

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    Tell Your Story Online
    Hosted by The Digital Garage
    The Guildhall


    Gain practical tips on how to harness the power of the web and show off the best of your business online. Learn how to make your website shine on all devices, develop rich content, boost your presence on with social media and understand the importance of measuring success with analytics.

    We'll cover the following:

    • Build a consumer friendly website and make it shine across all devices.
    • Learn how to gain consumer insights and measure success.
    • Boost your social presence and tell your story through content

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    Are you open for business on LinkedIn?
    Hosted by Greg Cooper
    The Guildhall


    With 22m members in the UK and more than fifty thousand in the Salisbury area alone, LinkedIn is the online venue of choice for business of all sizes. It is the first port of call for customers when checking out a potential supplier. What message is your LinkedIn presence sending to prospective customers? Open for business or out to lunch? In this 1 hour session Greg Cooper of Front of Mind Coaching will share practical tips on how you can start generating more business opportunities from LinkedIn this week, including:

    • Making your profile more customer and search friendly
    • Building an opportunity rich network
    • How to attract the guaranteed attention of your key prospects
    • What, how and when to post to engage your target audience
    • How to turn online conversations into offline opportunities

    About Greg
    Greg Cooper is an internationally recognised LinkedIn Coach and Trainer. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing. For 20 years, he ran an award-winning marketing agency working with international technology clients. He now works with SMEs and Microbusinesses across a broad range of sectors from construction to healthcare, from food wholesaling to ethical banking to show them how to use LinkedIn to find, win and keep customers.

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    Power of Paid Advertising
    Hosted by Blue Frontier
    The Guildhall


    Michael Bunn, Digital Director at Blue Frontier will give an introduction to Pay Per Click advertising and the benefits it can have for your business. This seminar offers the perfect opportunity for businesses to learn how to utilise paid advertising to expand their reach, build brand awareness and drive sales. Learn about AdWords, PPC, SEM and Social Advertising and how you can turn your spend into profit.

    Mike combines genuine, market leading expertise with strong leadership skills, heading up the digital team at Blue Frontier. Having managed SEO & PPC campaigns for a variety of clients since 2007, he is highly experienced in the digital marketing arena. Having worked alongside Blue Frontier for many years, Mike officially joined the company in 2015 when Blue Frontier acquired his own business, Dynamics Digital. As the founder of Dynamics Digital, Mike built the business up single-handedly, now managing the entire digital department at Blue Frontier. Specialising in SEO, PPC, content marketing, social media and analytics, Mike is responsible for helping many businesses realise their full online potential.

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    South Wiltshire Economic Update
    Hosted by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
    The Guildhall


    As Director, Paddy has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the SWLEP. A highly-experienced local government director, Paddy was previously Head of Economy, Skills and Property Development at Swindon Borough Council. Paddy has a wide range of experience in the public and private sectors, working as a business analyst and system designer. He also spent over 20 years in education as a teacher, head teacher and education inspector.

    What will the seminar be about?
    An overview of the role the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has in driving economic progress across the area and its relevance to the business community in South Wiltshire

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  • Workshops

    Instagram Vs Snapchat: social media in 2017
    Hosted by Naturally Social
    The Guildhall


    Natalie Luckham is the founder of Naturally Social - a Wiltshire based social media management and training consultancy. Natalie is a passionate and effective social media practitioner and has been working in the industry for 6 years. She has worked with an array of clients ranging from public and private sector and include clients in hospitality, leisure, nhs, events, charities and social enterprises, retail, startups and many small businesses.

    Instagram and Snapchat have more users than Twitter and both have pretty astounding growth rates. Instagram recently went head to head with Snapchat when it introduced it's new 'stories' feature - proving the hype about snap was worth contending with. Both channels have a similar audience and although Instagram has Facebook on it's side Snapchat isn't backing down and continues to develop it's offering. Visitors attending this workshop can expect to leave with an understanding of how each channel is being used, why and by who and more importantly how it could work for them. There will also be opportunity for Q & A and hands on help with getting started at the end of the session.

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    Vision, Leadership and Workplace Culture: How to drive your business success
    Hosted by Simon Rhodes
    The Guildhall


    Simon will explain 12 easy things that organisations can do to achieve greater success, using the lessons he has learned from many organisations.

    Simon Rhodes is the Senior Partner at Trethowans solicitors, having been the firm’s Managing Partner before that. During Simon’s time at Trethowans, the firm’s turnover has grown from £6million to £15million and the firm has become a leading law firm in the South. Simon heads the Trethowans’ Employment law Team and is ranked as a leading individual by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. Simon is also recommended by the Legal 500. For over 20 years, Simon has advised global, national and regional business on employment and people issues, helping them to build successful teams and manage challenging people issues.

    Outside Trethowans, Simon helped to create the Salisbury Big Business Event and remains fully involved in this its 6th year. Simon also created and co-organises the Solent Business Growth Summit, currently in its 4th year. Both events are growing success stories. Simon is a speaker and business panel member at the South Coast Business Works event; and a judge and speaker at the South Coast Business of the Year Awards. Simon has also been Chair of Future Southampton which involved driving the business agenda and working with the city’s key institutions and many leading businesses. The successful Southampton Business Improvement District project began through this. Simon has chaired three sustainability conferences in the region and remains passionate about the green agenda. Simon is a trustee of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, supporting culture and the arts. Simon sits on the Hampshire Chamber’s Bank of England Panel and has sat on its Southampton Business Board. Simon is also working with Hampshire Chamber on its county-wide Skills Gap project. In his spare time, Simon is a mentor for business and sporting leaders.

    This workshop is FREE to attend.

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  • 1-2-1 Clinics

    Social Media Health Check
    Hosted by Inspire
    The Guildhall

    9.30/ 10.00/ 10.30/ 11.00/ 11.30am and 1.00/ 1.30/ 2.00/ 2.30/ 3.00pm

    Jess Pitman, Head of Events and Marketing at Inspire, will be offering 1-1 Social Media Health Checks for you and your business. Bring along your current strategy, ideas and ask any burning questions you may have about social media. Want to know some tips and tricks to get the most out of your social media presence? Learn how to put a content strategy in place and discuss bespoke ideas that could change the way you use social media.

    Jess has been working in the Events and Marketing industry for multiple organisations over the last 3+ years and has developed a real passion for maximising the use of Social Media. Jess has a Hootsuite Academy Qualification in Social Media marketing and is constantly taking courses and reading industry press to develop her knowledge and stay on top of trends and updates. For the last 2 years Jess has been delivering Maximising Social Media workshops across Wiltshire with a 5 star rating.

    Book your FREE place to attend one of these clinics .

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  • FSB

    FSB Maximise your Membership Networking lunch
    The Guildhall Square

    10.00am - 3.00pm

    • Hear about brand new member benefits FSB Market Place, FSB Cybercrime and FSB Business Profiling.
    • Learn about FSB Connect Networking opportunities
    • Other topics covered will include our Legal Helpline, Workplace pensions, Insurance, Banking and Card payments
    • A sandwich lunch will be provided.
    • Cost: £7 per ticket or £10 for x 2 tickets

    For more information and to book Click here.

  • Business Expo

    Salisbury and Wilts Business Expo
    Market Place

    9.00am - 4.00pm

    Come and join us for our 2 day Salisbury & Wiltshire Big Business Expo! Our Expo will showcase over 200 exhibitors from 26 – 27 April, sign up now to be part of this fantastic event. If you would like to have a stand at this year’s SBBE Expo Click here for details about Expo packages. Packages start from £75.00 + VAT.

    If you would like to visit the SBBE Expo please book for FREE admission

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