The expo has continued to champion local North West businesses since it launched five years ago and its popularity has grown year on year, with many exhibitors booking time and again, enabling business owners to thrive in tough times.
Expo Organiser Jo Leigh said:
“In previous years we have encouraged our exhibitors to get involved in Small Business Advice Week and share knowledge of the things they wish they’d known”
Latest Government figures show that smaller businesses which seek external advice or information are between 15% and 25% more likely to become high growth firms. Yet 81% sought no advice when applying for external finance last year.
This year Piers Linney, Non-Executive Director at British Business bank who partners Small Business Advice Week said, “We’re giving small businesses the chance to win half a day of business advice with myself, Piers Linney.”
The Former Dragons’ Den investor continued.
“Starting, scaling and running a business does not need to be a lonely journey. There is lots of advice and support available for those that know where to look. Having run many successful businesses, I know first-hand the importance of getting the right support. I look forward to sharing my expertise with the winning business and being part of their growth story”
The entrepreneur will visit the winning business and give them a consultation session on how to grow their business. To win, tell them why your business needs advice from Piers and any growth ambitions you have for your business.
However, at Blackpool Expo they often find the best advice is from those who have actually been there, so, they asked their exhibitors one question:
“Which is the one piece of advice you wish you’d had in the first couple of years in Business?”
And here’s what they had to say…
Amanda Crossley from Blackpool based business Concierge Ninja said, "More people than you realise will be critical about your business right at the beginning, or when they first hear about it. Take on board their opinions but keep them as that, just opinions. You know what you are doing, so don’t let anybody else blur your vision."
Whilst Lisa Edge, founder of Lancashare had this to offer, "Just knowing about the vast amount of business support that is available across the county. That’s why I built Lancashare. Every turn across this county unfolds yet another gem, whether that be a pot of funding, job vacancies, mentors, great networking groups and so much more. The last three years in business have shown me just how much this great county has to offer, I centralise it so that nobody has to struggle with the same challenges I had.
"In previous years we have encouraged our exhibitors to get involved in Small Business Advice Week and share knowledge of the things they wish theyd known "
Jo Leigh - Launch Events NW
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