Ten small business events to attend in 2015

POSTED: 9th January 2015
IN: Guides

The UK’s private business community surpassed five million for the first time in 2014, according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with a record increase of 330,000 new companies launching.

undefinedAs 2015 begins, these small companies will be joined by a host of other budding business leaders looking to chase their entrepreneurial dreams. Thankfully, there are already plenty of events lined up this year to help fledgling firms and experienced SMEs gain the knowledge they’ll need to achieve their goals.

#MicroBizMattersDay, January, locations nationwide

Launched by Enterprise Rockers, the 9th of January will see the nation celebrate #MicroBizMattersDay, encouraging individuals across Britain to spend nine minutes helping the UK’s smallest businesses. Suggested activities for the day include promoting great micro businesses via social media and petitioning for fairer laws for small companies.

StartUp 2015, January, London

Enterprise Nation are kicking off 2015 with a totally free event, StartUp 2015. The show will see acclaimed names like Mary Portas join the small business support group on the 17th of January for a series of talks and workshops designed to inspire new entrepreneurs to take the first leap towards launching a business.

The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference, February, London

Exporting can represent a major avenue for growth for British SMEs, but with economic and political uncertainty currently affecting many global nations, there are risks to consider too. The British Chambers of Commerce’s Annual Conference aims to explore these issues on the 10th of February.

The Make it Britain Conference, February, London

Run by manufacturers organisation The EEF, in association with The Manufacturer magazine, the Make it Britain conference on the 26th February sets out to discuss the most prominent challenges for the UK’s manufacturing sector.

The Great Manchester Business Conference, March, Manchester

Following the announcement of major devolution plans for the city in November, the Great Manchester Business Conference will combine key-note speeches, panel debates and commentary to pave the way for a better future for local firms. The conference takes place on the 6th March, led by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and networking group Pro Manchester.

The Federation of Small Businesses Annual Conference, March, Birmingham

After featuring esteemed speakers including Labour Party Leader Ed Milliband and current Business Minister Matt Hancock in 2014, the Federation of Small Businesses’ 2015 Annual Conference on the 19th to the 21st March is once again set to represent a highlight in the SME calendar.

The Business Show, May, London

The Business Show at London’s ExCel centre is the UK’s largest exhibition for new and growing companies, ready to welcome over 25,000 firms through its doors on the 13th and 14th of May.

The National Manufacturing Debate, May, Cranfield

Held at Bedfordshire’s Cranfield University on the 19th to the 20th of May, the 2015 National Manufacturing Debate with see industry experts discuss the re-shoring trend and how to encourage British firms to bring production back to the UK.

The National Business Show, July, Bristol

Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol will play host to The National Business Show on the 16th of July, inviting a number of renowned speakers to share their expertise with local West Country businesses.

The Skills Show, November, Birmingham

With skills shortages threatening to curtail the plans of growing enterprises across many sectors of the economy, The Skills Show hopes to overcome this significant barrier by connecting businesses, educators and young people.

Which SME events are you most looking forward to attending in 2015? Share your thoughts with Aldermore on Twitter if you have any additional suggestions to add to the Bank’s list.


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