UK Small Business Events and Exhibitions Calendar

A diary of upcoming events of interest for UK SMEs and small business owners. We have listed out each event or exhibition, telling you what each one is about and also where and when all the events are.

With the aim of bringing our readers an extensive business events, exhibitions and trade fairs diary, Small Business will be continually updating this page as new events come onto our radar. If you notice any business shows we have missed, or would like to feature your event on our list, please get in touch with Anna Jordan on anna.jordan@stubbenedge.com

Event month:

2023 – November | December

2024 – February | March | April | May | June | September | October

November 2023

Event: Leicester Business Festival
Date: 6-17 November 2023
Location: Various
Website: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com
Brief: An annual fortnight of business events, held right across Leicester and Leicestershire. The first festival was held in 2015 and has become a fixture across the city and county. Events are free and anyone can attend. They vary in type, structure and size, across digital and in-person platforms, and from workshops and seminars to product demonstrations, showroom tours and round tables.

Event: Halton and Warrington Business Fair
Date: 9 November 2023
Location: DCBL Stadium, Widnes WA8 7DZ
Website: haltonbizfair.co.uk
Brief: A friendly and lively annual B2B event that regularly attracts around 40 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors from the local area and beyond.

Event: North East Expo
Date: 9 November 2023
Location: Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF
Website: northeastexpo.co.uk
Brief: An event for small and medium sized businesses across the Tyneside, Wearside and Northumberland areas. It is free to attend as a delegate and you will get the chance to meet and network with over 150 Exhibitors, plus attend any of the 16+ seminars.

Event: The Business Growth Show
Date: 15 Nov 2023
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH
Website: thebusinessgrowthshow.co.uk
Brief: Organised by The Business Growth Network, the show is a destination for businesses to exhibit to grow and expand their business. Free to attend for visitors and offers attendees the chance to network with up to a thousand business owners, and decision-makers locally, regionally and nationally.

Event: AccountingWEB Live Expo
Date: 15-16 November 2023
Location: NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Website: www.accountingwebliveexpo.co.uk
Brief: An event that brings accountants and finance professionals together to meet, share experiences and gain direct access to unique content and practical advice to help navigate challenges and improve business.

Event: The Business Show
Date: 22-23 November 2023
Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London, E16 1XL
Website: www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk
Brief: One of the biggest shows/exhibitions in the business networking calendar with around 750 exhibitors and 200 seminars. The event runs alongside the Business Startup show and has previously attracted around 25,000 visitors over its two days.

Event: North West Expo
Date: 23 November 2023
Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, M11 3FF
Website: www.greatbritishexpos.co.uk/north-west-expo-manchester/
Brief: Join over 1000 SMEs from across the region who will be attending the business expo and using it as a platform to connect, meet new suppliers and become a new supplier. It will feature seminars, workshops and masterclasses, 1-2-1 networking, and keynote speakers including BBC Dragons, Global Entrepreneurial Pioneers, Olympians, Celebrity Business Personalities.

Event: Sales Innovation Expo 2023
Date: 29-30 November 2023
Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London, E16 1XL
Website: www.salesinnovationexpo.co.uk
Brief: “Welcome to Europe’s leading sales event, the only show of its kind to provide thousands of the most proactive sales professionals, with the tips, tricks and techniques they need to transform themselves, and their companies, into the biggest names within the world of sales.”

December 2023

Event: The Business Event UK
Date: 7-8 December 2024
Location: Olympia London, London, W14 8UX
Website: rasbmedia.com/businessexpo/
Brief: Conference, exhibition, and workshops, featuring 42 speakers, 5,000 attendees and 3 Master Classes.

February 2024

Event: Love Business EXPO
Date: 15 February 2024
Location: Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, Loughborough, LE11 3GR
Website: www.lovebusinessexpo.co.uk
Brief: A business to business networking exhibition. It brings business and personal development opportunities together. Targeted at business owners, managers and those thinking of starting a business.

Event: Midlands Expo (Birmingham)
Date: 22 February 2024
Location: Aston Villa FC, The Holte Suite, Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6EH
Website: greatbritishexpos.co.uk/midlands-expo-birmingham/
Brief: This exhibition for businesses within the Midlands region is designed to help you network, make new connections and grow your business. Join over 1,000 SMEs from across the region, with Live 1-2-1 networking, seminars and masterclasses, and be inspiration from keynote speakers.

March 2024

Event: Edinburgh Business Show
Date: 5 March 2024
Location: Leonardo Murrayfield Hotel, Edinburgh EH12 6UG
Website: edinburghbusinessshow.co.uk
Brief: The show is aimed at helping local SMEs, growth-oriented entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve business and professional goals by connecting with one another. Designed for decision makers, team leaders, owners, managers and directors from all sizes of business. Features 1-2-1 Networking, workshops and seminars.

Event: Bournemouth Business Expo
Date: 7 March 2024
Location: Vitality Stadium, Kings Park, BH7 7AF
Website: https://www.b2bexpos.co.uk/bournemouth-expo-march-2024
Brief: Over 50 local exhibitors will be showcasing their services and you can network with 300-400 Bournemouth and Dorset-based companies. Free business seminars and interactive workshops. Free to attend with pre-registration.

Event: Hereford & Worcestershire Business Expo
Date: 7 March 2024
Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW
Website: hwchamber.co.uk/events/business-expo/
Brief: This event is run by the local Chamber of Commerce. Attendance is free, there is a dedicated Networking Zone, and they are expecting over 120 exhibitors.

Event: Coventry Business Expo
Date: 13 March 2024
Location: Village Hotel, Coventry Business Park, Coventry CV4 9GZ
Website: b2bexpos.co.uk/coventry-expo-march-2024
Brief: Join hundreds of local businesses and enjoy the opportunity to openly network with over 250 attendees from across Coventry. Local exhibitors will be showcasing their services and promoting their latest products. Free seminars and workshops as well as a speed networking session. The event is free to attend with registration.

Event: The Business Innovation Expo
Date: 13-14 March 2024
Location: ExCeL, London E16 1XL
Website: businessrevivalseries.co.uk
Brief: To feature a wide array of exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services, and solutions. From cutting-edge technologies to disruptive business models, this Expo will offer a first-hand look at the future of your industry. There will also be an extensive seminar and keynote program.

Event: Teesside Expo
Date: 21 March 2024
Location: The Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5SH
Website: teessideexpo.co.uk
Brief: An exhibition of a wide range of local organisations plus seminars and workshops on key business topics. The focus is on business networking and connecting visitors with new opportunities and clients.

April 2024

Event: International Franchise Show
Date: 12-13 April 2024
Location: ExCeL London, E16 1XL
Website: www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk
Brief: The UK’s biggest franchise exhibition featuring opportunities from around the world. Business owners get free access to over 250 exhibitors, 60 seminars, 1-2-1 personal advice, interactive features, expert guidance and more.

Event: SME XPO
Date: 23-24 April 2024
Location: ExCeL London, E16 1XL
Website: www.smexpo.co.uk
Brief: SME XPO is a FREE networking exhibition and conference run by the Evening Standard and designed to support the UK scaleup community. This event is designed to inspire and educate business leaders and owners, delivering a programme covering everything from strategy, investment, and scaling-up, to sustainability and more.

Event: lovelocalexpo
Date: 24 April 2024
Location: Impact Conferencing, 30 Sycamore Ave, Burnley, BB12 6QP
Website: lovelocalexpo.co.uk
Brief: An annual exhibition of businesses from all sectors and corners of Lancashire attracting visitors from across the north-west. Meet new clients, suppliers and collaborators and attend expert seminars. Access experts in business support, funding, grants, scaling and growth. Free to visit.

Event: National Convenience Show
Date: 29-30 April 2024
Location: NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Website: www.nationalconvenienceshow.co.uk/
Brief: This is the biggest event for the convenience-retailing sector, providing a single platform for the whole market to come together – suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. You can, sample and source c-store-specific products and services and also gain access to four other co-located shows; Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, The Forecourt Show, and The Restaurant Show.

May 2024

Event: Anglia Business Exhibition
Date: 8 May 2024
Location: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH
Website: www.angliabusinessexhibition.com
Brief: Originally started 28 years ago as the ISSBA Trade Fair, this is a small B2B exhibition to showcase local businesses, innovation and entrepreneurs and to be a platform to sell, trade and grow the local business community.

Event: Bristol Business Expo
Date: 9 May 2024
Location: BAWA Conference Centre, Bristol, BS34 7RG
Website: www.b2bexpos.co.uk/event/bristol-expo-may-2024
Brief: An opportunity to openly network with 300-400 attendees from across Bristol, explore the exhibition with a variety of local exhibitors showcasing their services, attend free seminars and workshops, and a speed networking session.

June 2024

Event: eTail UK
Date: 25-26 June 2024
Location: QEII Conference Centre, London, SW1P 3EE
Website: etaileurope.wbresearch.com
Brief: eTail UK is designed to help you increase the profits from your online business. A chance to connect with top minds from the UK’s most successful and innovative retailers.

September 2024

Event: Cumbria Business Expo
Date: 20 September 2024
Location: Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle, CA2 4TS
Website: shoutexpo.com
Brief: A large scale B2B exhibition offering a diversity of businesses from across a range of sectors where like-minded business leaders can meet, share information and enjoy a day of making valuable connections. The organisers are anticipating over 1,000 visitors from 9.00 am to the 3.00 pm finish.

October 2024

Event: Devon Business Show
Date: 16 October 2024
Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, PL1 3LF
Website: devonchamber.co.uk/devon-business-show/
Brief: The show is managed by the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. A chance to meet and connect with the region’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs.

Event: Bishop’s Stortford Means Business
Date: 23 October 2024
Location: South Mill Arts, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG
Website: www.bsmb.co.uk
Brief: Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their business to 300+ visitors in one day. It’s free to attend and you’ll get the chance to chat to many of the towns’ top businesses. All exhibitors and visitors can also attend the free seminars which will take place throughout the day.

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