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.

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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 events we have missed, or would like to feature your event on our list, please get in touch with Anna Jordan on anna.jordan@bonhillplc.com

Event month:

2021 – May | June | September | October | November
2022 – January | February | May

May 2021

Event: Gloucestershire Business Show
Date: 19-20 May 2021
Location: Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA
Website: www.business-shows.co.uk/gloucestershire/
Brief: A show for all business sectors from start-ups and micros through small, medium and large SMEs to corporates and multinationals. Features include: Business breakfasts on both mornings, The Food & Farming Zone, The Information Security Zone, The Creative Suite, the LIVEtalk event programme, specialists clinics, demonstrations, and an Exhibitor’s Lounge.

June 2021

Event: Festival of Marketing – Fast Forward
Date: 7-10 June 2021
Location: Virtual
Website: www.festivalofmarketing.com
Brief: A four day virtual event designed to offer a perspective “on what the future holds for you, your team and your brand.” Day 1 is the​ ‘DX (Digital Experience) Summit’, Day 2 is ‘Future proofing your brand’, Day 3 is ‘Innovation’, and Day 4 is ‘Work and working’.

Event: Devon Business Show
Date: 16 June 2021
Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, PL1 3LF
Website: www.thedevonbusinessshow.co.uk
Brief: Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce partners with Eventwest to create this event for businesses of all sizes and from all industries to showcase their products and services. Attendance for visitors is free.

September 2021

Event: Anglia Business Exhibition
Date: 7 September 2021
Location: Trinity Park, Felixtowe Road, Ispwich, IP3 8UH
Website: www.angliabusinessexhibition.com
Brief: Focused on providing an opportunity for local businesses to meet, network and do business.

October 2021

Event: The International Franchise Show 2020
Date: 1-2 October 2021
Location: ExCel Centre, London, E16 1XL
Website: www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk
Brief: A show dedicated to answering all your franchising questions and offering lots of franchise opportunities. Over 200 exhibitors, 50 seminars, 1-2-1 personal advice, interactive features, expert guidance and more.

Event: Independent Hotel Show
Date: 4-5 October 2021
Location: Olympia, London, W14 8UX
Website: www.independenthotelshow.co.uk/
Brief: An event dedicated entirely to the sector of luxury and boutique hoteliers. Features over 350 hotel-focused exhibitors, suppliers, designers and industry experts. In addition, there are over 50 speakers and seminars plus an awards show.

Event: The Welsh Business Show
Date: 5 October 2021
Location: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
Website: www.twbs.wales
Brief: Established since 2010, the show is a platform for businesses of all sizes to showcase their products and services. Events include seminars delivered by leading UK experts, a networking breakfast, speed networking and meet the buyer opportunities. The shows are free to visit and exhibiting starts at just £399.

Event: Brand Yorkshire Conference
Date: 7 October 2021
Location: Pavilions of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QZ
Website: www.brandyorkshire.com/conference/
Brief: This will be the 11th iteration of The Conference and it will feature 13 inspirational and knowledgeable speakers. They are expecting 100 stand holders and over 1,500 delegates from a wide variety of different sectors and sizes of businesses, ranging from SMEs up to PLCs.

Event: Liverpool Business Fair
Date: 12 October 2021
Location: Liverpool Football Club, L4 0TH
Website: liverpoolbizfair.co.uk
Brief: A business to business exhibition showcasing around 60-70 exhibitors. Plenty of interesting business seminars, plus many opportunities to network and obtain business advice from a variety of experts and professional bodies.

Event: Hampshire Business Show
Date: 14 October 2021
Location: Ageas Bowl, Southampton, SO30 3XH
Website: hampshirebusinessshow.com
Brief: An effective B2B networking platform which attracts small, medium and large enterprises to connect, do business and collaborate. The show has industry leading speakers, seminars, funding opportunities, a ‘Meet Me Zone’, and more.

Event: The Norfolk B2B Exhibition
Date: 14 October 2021
Location: Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT
Website: www.norfolkchamber.co.uk/b2b
Brief: Norfolk’s largest business to business exhibition. Free to attend and attracting hundreds of businesses on the day, Norfolk B2B gives the opportunity to meet new potential clients and catch up with existing contacts.

Event: MarTechFest
Date: 22 October 2021
Location: Magazine, London, SE10 0JH
Website: www.martechalliance.com/festival
Brief: “We’re not even close to a conference, we’re a Fest. It stands for Festival. The Marketing Technology Festival.” – “…we’ll keep your brain full with stacks of useful, practical, actionable (and easy to understand) marketing technology content.”

Event: Portsmouth Business Expo
Date: 28 October 2021
Location: Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth, PO2 9QA
Website: www.b2bexpos.co.uk
Brief: A free-to-attend business expo and networking event for ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Whether you’re an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore the possibilities of starting your own business – you will find something of interest.

November 2021

Event: Leicester Business Festival
Date: 8-18 November 2021
Location: Various locations around Leicester
Website: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com
Brief: Every year, the Leicester Business Festival brings influencers, innovators and inspiration together into a unique and exciting fortnight of free business events that take place across the whole region.

Event: South West Business Expo
Date: 10 November 2021
Location: The Westpoint Arena, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
Website: www.southwestbusinessexpo.co.uk
Brief: This will be the 8th SWB Expo bringing businesses to together from across the South West to enable them to do business with each other and to help the SW region grow and prosper. It’s free to attend and features over 200 businesses exhibiting plus side events and speakers.

Event: Sales Innovation Expo 2020
Date: 16-17 November 2020
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.” Co-located with this exhibition is the B2B Marketing Expo

Event: The Business Show
Date: 24-25 November 2021
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 over 500 exhibitors and 200 seminars. The event runs alongside the Business Startup show and has previously attracted around 25,000 visitors over its two days.

January 2022

Event: Surrey Business Expo
Date: 18-19 January 2022
Location: Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, GU2 7AD
Website: surreybusinessexpo.com
Brief: Originally launched as Guildford Means Business in 2007, the show expanded to cover all of Surry in 2017. The event brings a large number of local businesses together as stand holders, seminar attendees or visitors.

February 2022

Event: Love Business EXPO 2022
Date: 17 February 2022
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.

May 2022

Event: Business Vision Live
Date: 11 May 2022
Location: Kent Event Centre, Detling, ME14 3JF
Website: www.businessvisionlive.com/
Brief: Now in its fifteenth year, This event advertises itself as the South East’s premier business showcase, bringing together over 3,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors every year, with the aim of creating new customer, supplier and partner relationships to make your business even better.

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