Smile Guide to Business Expos in Wales 2016


Guide to Welsh Business Expos 2016 Wales

Business expos, fairs and exhibitions provide great opportunities to grow your business.

Business expos are excellent networking platforms. They give you the chance to talk to hundreds of other businesses and potential clients. They are especially powerful for making B2B sales. We may live in a digital age, but face to face interaction is still the most effective method of generating leads and sales. If you are looking to build new business relationships, you should seriously consider exhibiting.

Smile Design and Print is based in Caerphilly and we work with lots of other Welsh businesses.

Because most of our business is done in the South Wales area, we know the value of local networking.

Thats why we’ve compiled this handy guide to expos taking place in Wales in 2016. It answers all the FAQs about different expos taking place in Wales this year. Best of all, it helps you decide which expo is best for your business.

ION Leadership Trade Show

Where is it held?

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

When does it take place?

19th of April 2016

Who runs it?

The ION Leadership Project, which is led by Swansea University in partnership with Bangor University.

The project is backed with £2.7m from the European Social Fund. Its aim is to drive forward productivity and turnover in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as in larger companies.

What do they have to say about the event?

“We are passionate about Welsh businesses and we want to give them an opportunity to be showcased in full force at the Liberty Stadium.”

What happens at the expo?

The Ion Leadership Trade show features the usual expo mix of networking and seminars. The seminars and talks on offer include “Digital Marketing and the power of the Web” by Tony Dowling. Dowling is a Director of Team Rock in London and was previously Managing Director of SWW Media.

How much is it to exhibit?

The price of exhibiting at the Trade Show is just £60!

Should I exhibit at this business fair?

The incredible value means that exhibiting at the ION Leadership Trade Show is ideal for small businesses and start ups. If you’re looking to network and build relationships but you don’t have much money to spend, this is the expo for you.

Where can I find more information?

Click here to view the information on their website

The Welsh Business Shows 2016

Where are they held?

The Welsh Business Shows 2016 will take place in Cardiff and Swansea.

When are the business shows?

The Cardiff Business Show 2016 takes place on the 28th of April at the Cardiff City Stadium

The Swansea Business Show 2016 takes place on the 20th of October at the Liberty Stadium

Who runs them?

Emma Wilkins is the founder and Managing Director of The Welsh Business Shows. She is a Business Role model for the Welsh Government and the Big Ideas Wales programme. In this role she provides an insight on the entrepreneurial approach and the prospects of a career as an entrepreneur.

What does she say about the business shows?

“We are the exhibition that cares about the success of the show for our Exhibitors and strive to produce shows that provide our exhibitors with maximum exposure at prices that are affordable. We do not believe that bigger is better, we place emphasis on producing quality shows that will offer long lasting value to its delegates.”

What happens at the shows?

Networking opportunities and seminars. Seminars include “Make More Sales from Networking” delivered by Stefan Thomas. Thomas is the author of Amazon bestseller ‘Business Networking for Dummies’.

How much is it to exhibit?

Prices for exhibitors start at £325.

Should I exhibit at the business shows?

Discounts are available if you exhibit at both Welsh Business Shows. This makes them perfect for businesses who want to target South-East Wales and South-West Wales. You will be able to network with businesses from the two major Welsh cities and their surrounding areas.

Where can I find more information?

Click here to view the information on their website

The Newport Gwent Business Expo 2016

Where is it being held?

Rodney Parade Stadium, Newport.


June 9th 2016

Who runs this expo?

The Newport Gwent Business Expo is a regional branch of national expo franchise ‘The Business Growth Shows’. The Newport Gwent area is run by local business owner Danielle Sheahan and her son Brodie, who took on the franchise to help keep up the momentum of business growth in Newport.

What do they say about the expo?

“The BGS shows are quite unique. They are nationwide. We help businesses connect in a different way. It is a day where relationships can be built to last.”

What happens at this business show?

The usual mix of networking and seminars. The Business Growth Shows have a long list of possible guest speakers who come from various business backgrounds. Some of these will certainly be in attendance at the Newport Expo, but the line up is yet to be announced.

How much is it to exhibit?

Prices start at £295 +VAT

Should I exhibit?

This expo is perfect for Newport based businesses looking to connect with others in the city and surrounding area. It is the only expo taking place in the up and coming city. If you are based in Newport or just want to connect with Newport businesses, you should exhibit at this show.

Where can I find out more?

Click here for more information

Introbiz Business Expo 2016

Where is the expo?

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

When is it happening?

November 9th 2016

Who runs the expo?

Introbiz is a business network based in Cardiff that runs regular events aside from the annual expo.

The network has hundreds of members so the organisation’s networking platform is tried and tested.

What do they have to say about the event?

“If there is someone in the South Wales business community that you would like to speak to, then we can make that happen.”

What happens at this business expo?

The usual networking and seminars, alongside some exclusive extras such as a city centre afterparty.

Full details of 2016 have yet to be announced, but in 2015 Madness frontman Suggs was a guest speaker at the expo.

How much is it to exhibit?

Prices start at £600 for Introbiz members, or £750 for non members.

Should I exhibit at this exhibition?

This expo is the biggest in Wales, but exhibiting doesn’t come cheap. Because of this, the Introbiz expo is best for more established businesses. Indeed, lots of big names in Welsh business will have stands here. Medium businesses who are looking to expand and snag some major clients should consider exhibiting at Introbiz.

Where can I find out more?

Click here to view the information on their website

Thanks for reading our guide, we hope it helped!

If you’ve decided to exhibit at an expo, don’t forget your leaflets and stand decoration. We print professional marketing materials and exhibition graphics, so feel free to get in touch.

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