Event schedule

1 November, 2017

Elected this year, Alex Burghart, MP Brentwood & Ongar will welcome exhibitors and visitors to the Opening of the Brentwood Business Showcase

09:30

Welcome Address / Brentwood: A Great Place to Invest and Do Business, Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay and Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and Digital Economy, Cllr Kevin Bentley

09:55

Growth, Technology and the SME, Ask the Experts Panel

The panel will be hosted by Sarah Brockwell, Director of sarahBee Marketing and winner of SIX business awards. Find out their secrets of growth and how technology has helped (or hindered) 5 highly successful Brentwood businesses: Baker Labels, K-Fit/Bellmate systems, Cheeky Panda, The Point 1888 and Wortley Byers Law.

10:45

The Future of the Workplace, Microsoft by Simon Farrell, Strategic Account Executive at Microsoft UK

The talk will focus on looking at why digital transformation is important to businesses of all shapes and sizes, some of the ways that SMBs now have a level playing field with large enterprises through the use of cloud technology, and a look at the future.

11:20

The Impact of Digital Transformation, Sol-Tec, Paul Collins

Hear from Sol-Tec, a Microsoft Cloud Partner about how Digital Transformation has helped their business succeed. Learn about some of the challenges we faced, how digital has helped address these and the positive impact on the day-to- day lives of our employees and customers.

12:00

Marketing MOT- an interactive session for new and existing businesses, Sarah Brockwell, Director of sarahBee Marketing

Is your M.O.T. due? Just like a car, your business needs checking and re-calibration to ensure that your marketing is firing on all cylinders. In this interactive session, Sarah Brockwell, Director of award-winning sarahBee marketing, gets under the bonnet of your company to check that what you are doing for marketing is roadworthy.

You’ll look at brand, public relations, market research, advertising, social media, online and strategy. At the end of the session, you’ll either pass or fail your Marketing MOT. So, if you think your marketing is in need of a refreshing ‘oil’ change then belt up and
get ready for a ride through what you SHOULD be doing to help your business do better.

12:30

Communicate & Influence with Confidence Style & Ease for Your Business (and Life) Success, Kay White

In this workshop Kay White, best-selling author of The A to Z of Being Understood helps you to understand how people hear you – and it’s not just what you say or how loudly you say it – so you connect and engage with colleagues, customers and clients more naturally and easily.  Tips, ideas and strategies to make you a more savvy and influential communicator at work.

13:00

Reach New Customers Online, Lucia Asanache, Google Digital Garage

In this lively and information-packed workshop, you will hear a wealth of practical tips on how to improve your digital visibility; helping your site to be found through the major search engines and understanding the benefits of online advertising.

Key learning areas include:
 Understand the power of search marketing and improving your visibility online
 Get your business listed on Google and be found by local customers
 Optimising for mobile
 Learn how to get started with paid advertising online

14:00

Mind to Market, James Murray, Founder and Director of KFIT

James Murray is the founder and CEO of KFIT, author, entrepreneur, speaker and innovator. His new fitness product the Kfit Trainer was launched recently, and fronted by celebrity trainer Jessie Pavelka from the hit US show the Biggest Loser, is going from strength to strength. James has landed coverage in print and broadcast around the world, including the Weekend Show on ITV, commercials on SKY, the Metro, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror national newspapers and over 10 international health and fitness magazines. This workshop tells his story and how to get a product from Mind to Market.

14:30

How to Grow Your Business and Profits, James Sinclair

Along the way to his £10M turnover business James Sinclair has produced a set of practical rules that apply to any aspiring entrepreneur from start up to multi-million-pound operation. During this workshop James will be going through some of these key rules that you need to apply to grow both your business and your profits.

15:00

Social Media Strategy, Lucia Asanache, Google Digital Garage

Discover exactly where your small business needs to be seen and heard on the web in this workshop designed for aspiring social media marketers. You will receive a rundown of the best social media platforms to use in 2017 and how to create a social media strategy that delivers the right goals for your business.

– The importance of defining marketing guidelines so you can stay on brand and on message
– Learn how to build a plan to engage an audience
– Understand best practice for social media strategy
– Find new customers through social media channels

From 16:00

Complementary Drinks Reception in The Bean Café, sponsored by Brentwood Chamber of Commerce

This is just a taste of the opportunities to learn, network and boost business at the Showcase. Please bear in mind that, as with all events, this may be subject to change

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businessshowcase@brentwood.gov.uk