Big Business 2016

Day One – Tuesday 25 April

Join us as we officially launch our 3 day Salisbury Big Business Event! Come and meet local businesses as part of the Federation of Small Businesses Showcase. Looking for a change of career or local job opportunities? Then pay a visit to the Salisbury Journal Jobs Fair. Don’t forget to sign up for one of our seminars & workshops or perhaps a 121 advice clinic is what you need? Finish the first day in style by networking and attending our keynote speaker event too!
Full details on our first day can be found below…

The Days Events

  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

    Join us for an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE
    The Guildhall

    6.00 - 8.00pm

    The Salisbury Big Business Event is delighted to confirm that The World’s Greatest Living Explorer – Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE will be the highlight speaker at this year’s event.

    The Salisbury Big Business Event is a 3 day business event from 25 – 27 April 2017 at The Guildhall in Salisbury and each year a highlight speaker shares their story of motivation and determination. Sir Ranulph who is the only man alive to have travelled the surface of the World’s polar axis who share his sheer resilience and no-nonsense approach to creating and building his team in pursuit of the apparent impossible.

    Asked about Salisbury Big Business Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE said, “There is no bigger challenge than being in business and all the hurdles and uphill struggles that come with it. I hope by sharing my story of determination and team effort it will help the business community and wider general public. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Salisbury event.”

    Tickets to the event are £20 per person including wine, soft drinks and canapés.

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  • Networking

    Networking Breakfast
    Hosted by Salisbury Journal and FSB
    The Guildhall

    7.45 - 9.00am

    FREE tea, coffee and bacon or egg rolls will be available inside the Guildhall. Meet those hosting and taking part in the Salisbury Journal Jobs Fair and FSB Pop Up shop on Tuesday 25th April in the Guildhall Square. Book your FREE place to attend this networking breakfast.

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  • Seminars

    Selling is NOT swearing
    Hosted by Alison Edgar


    Alison Edgar is The Entrepreneur’s Godmother and MD of Sales Coaching Solutions. Alison has developed a fresh new approach to sales training and coaching, teaching start-ups, micro’s and small businesses to sell more of their fantastic products and services through her Easy Peasy Sales live and on line courses. As a result of her work Alison has received a number of accolades, including being named one of UK’s Top 10 Business advisers and more recently one of the Top 100 most influential entrepreneur’s in Britain by Richtopia. She was also the Winner of GB Entrepreneur of the Year special merit for service awards and attended the Queen’s Royal Garden party for her dedication to Enterprise.

    Selling is NOT Swearing.
    “I’ve been in rooms where I could get away with saying the F word more than the sales word!” – Alison Edgar So many people are afraid to sell because they don’t want to come across pushy, but you only come across that way when you don’t know how to sell. The reality is, if you don’t sell you don’t have a business. Whether you are a StartUp, experienced business owner, or employee, at some point in your career you will need to sell. You will learn 4 key pillars of sales; behaviours, process, strategy and confidence. These 4 things apply to all selling situations, whether you’re pitching to a panel, bidding for a project, or selling a physical product. You need to learn how to sell. When delivered correctly, sales and customer service are exactly the same thing. Selling is NOT swearing!

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    Overview and Outlook for the UK Economy
    Hosted by Andrew Holder


    Andrew Holder has been the Bank of England’s Agent for Central Southern England since December 2015, having joined the Agency as Deputy Agent in August 2008. He joined the Bank in 2001, working in Head Office roles that included writing parts of the Bank's quarterly Inflation Report, working with Chris Allsopp on his review of statistics for economic policymaking, and finally as Research Adviser to Andrew Sentance on the Monetary Policy Committee.
    Andrew studied Economics at King's College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics, He started his career as an economist working in HM Treasury, where at various times he worked on monetary, fiscal and environmental policies. Andrew lives with his family near Winchester, where he tries to eke out enough spare time to play viola in the Winchester Symphony Orchestra.

    What Visitors Can Expect from the Session
    Andrew will discuss recent developments in the UK economy and the Monetary Policy Committee’s forecasts for economic growth and inflation. He’ll explain what that is expected to mean for interest rates, and answer questions on that or other economic topics.

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  • Workshops

    An Introduction to Social Media and Content Marketing
    Hosted by Sammy Jo from Blue Frontier


    Returning after her content marketing seminar last year, Sammy is looking forward to coming back for SBBE 2017. Working in the digital marketing team at Blue Frontier, Sammy advises and trains clients on how to optimise their social media presence. Manging multiple businesses’ social media accounts and content marketing strategies, Sammy has a broad knowledge in digital marketing and integration.

    What to Expect
    Be prepared to learn a lot in a short space of time! This workshop is designed to improve your understanding of social media and content marketing for businesses and how to practically apply those skills. This seminar will give you the opportunity to sit back, relax and absorb a lot of valuable information, with a question and answer session at the end. If you find social media and content marketing a challenge, this is the workshop for you. Walk away with the skills you need to take your business to the next level.

    Marketing Masterclass – Get marketing confident
    Hosted by Lindsey Burden
    The Guildhall

    2.00 - 4.00pm

    Does thinking about marketing make you feel tired? Are you feeling bogged down by your marketing or not even know where to start? Do you become the procrastination King or Queen when faced with your marketing tasks? You are not alone!
    You will leave the session able and ready to create a clear plan for marketing your business, by understanding:

    1. which mediums to use, how and why
    2. how to produce great copy that resonates with your audience
    3. how to monitor and evaluate your activity

    In addition, the interactive session offers the chance to ask those burning marketing questions and seek advice.

    Lindsey Brown Burden, CMI is an expert in collaborative working and finding business solutions for effective and efficient working. She is passionate about working with business owners and entrepreneurs and has over 20-years’ experience in business and partnership working.

    During those many years, Lindsey has seen some major changes in the way business is carried out including the introduction of the world wide web and email and remembers when mobile phones were the size of bricks! However, much hasn’t changed and her core business beliefs and ethics are as valuable today as ever including; the power of strong business foundations, clear vision and exceptional customer experience.

    LBB Business Solutions was established shortly before Lindsey was made redundant from her role of City Centre Manager in Salisbury, a position she held for 10-years. Providing the opportunity for her to work in partnership with small business owners and entrepreneurs to support them in fulfilling their own business aspirations.

    Lindsey has worked in the not for profit sector, government and commercial. She is an advocate and firm believer in networking and helped to establish the Women on Wednesday networking group in Salisbury back in 2004. Lindsey considers herself a dynamic, successful connector of people and business. She is an accomplished solution solver; plus she does love a challenge!
    A member of the Stonehenge Chamber of Trade and has sat on the Committee since 2014. She also holds the positional of Treasurer on the Federation of Small Business Salisbury Branch Committee.

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  • 1-2-1 Clinics

    121 Business Advice Clinics
    Hosted by The Enterprise Network

    30 minute clinic slots at the following times
    9.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30am and 1.00, 1.30, 2.00, 2.30, 3.00pm

    The Enterprise Network (TEN), is an initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding which is nurturing new, and growing small and micro businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment. TEN offers flexible and affordable workspace including offices, hot desk and co-working space and virtual office facilities at five Enterprise Centres across Wiltshire (Ludgershall (nr Andover), Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury Tisbury and Trowbridge); there are meeting and training rooms and we host business networking events too. We also provide free business support and advice and information about business grants. Come and talk to us about how we can help you to start and you’re your own business in Wiltshire.

    Russell Frith manages Castledown Enterprise Centre, one of The Enterprise Networks initiatives to provide support for small and start-up business. Russell has experience running his own business, having started his career running a small family farm in Dorset. More recently he has worked for a welfare to work company and Wiltshire Probation, helping clients return to work and in some case’s start their own businesses. He has a good knowledge of the help that is available for businesses from start-up to large companies and has seen many of the companies he has worked with grow significantly. He has a good reputation for helping companies achieve their goals.

    What can you expect from these clinics?
    During the clinic Russell will get an understanding of the business and the issues that are facing it, focusing on the most pertinent. He will then discuss possible solutions and agree an action plan with the attendee that the business will implement, along with an appropriate time frame. Russell will keep in touch with the business over the coming months to see what effect the action plan has had and provide further advice when needed.

    Book your FREE place to attend one of these clinics

    Book Now

  • FSB

    FSB Business Market
    The Guildhall Square
    10.00am – 3.00pm

    • Stands are available to FSB members free of charge* and non members at £50.
    • Tuesday is Market Day in Salisbury City Centre’s Guild Hall Square and Market Place.

    For more information and to book Click here.

  • Salisbury Jobs Fair

    The Guildhall Square
    9.00am – 4.00pm

    The Salisbury Journal will be hosting a Job Fair at the Guildhall Square, Salisbury on Tuesday 25th April which will be open to the public (free entry) between 9am – 4pm.

    This year’s Job Fair is part of the Big Business Event which is organised by Salisbury City Council; it is a three day event with Tuesday being the first day and its purpose is to support the local business community with various seminars, workshops and guest speakers. The Job Fair will be situated in a marquee at the Guildhall Square in front of the Guildhall and will offer the same facilities as in previous years.

    We hope to include a mix of exhibitors who will be able to offer a variety of jobs to suit all types of skilled/unskilled candidates looking for full or part time vacancies, permanent or temporary – as well as voluntary, apprenticeships, courses and career advice or simply looking for a career change.

    To book a stand at the jobs fair please call 01722 426554 or email