Join us

Thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors, the Ealing Business Expo & Networking Festival was absolutely free to attend on 9 and 10 June 2017. Make sure that you’re signed up to receive future Ealing Business Expo & Networking Festival email updates (here’s the link:, or just fill in the contact form on our Home page.

Pre-Expo Meetups

Our free pre-Expo monthly meetups were held on the following dates: Tue 31 Jan, Tue 28 Feb, Sat 18 Mar (speed networking), Thu 30 Mar, Fri 28 Apr. There will be a follow-up networking meeting on Fri 30 Jun, so save the date. Here is the Facebook event page for 30 June: click to join.

Keep in touch on social media (Facebook and Twitter) – @EalingBizExpo.

What happened during our two-day event

(further information available in the Expo Guide magazine published both online and in print)

11:00am – Registration opens (collect your name badge and drop your business card in for the raffle draw)
11:30am – Sponsors Welcome: Expo business exhibition opens in Victoria Hall
12:15pm-12:45pm – First Talk: “How to make the most of networking at the Ealing Business Expo” presented by Joanne Sumner, regional director of The Athena Network – West London (Nelson Room)
1:00pm-1:30pm – Speed Networking: Part 1 (Nelson Room 2)
1:30pm-2:00pm – Break for Buffet Lunch and informal 1:1 Networking in Nelson Room 2
2:00pm-3:00pm – Panel Discussion: Ealing Council & Ealing Works: “Is Ealing ready for the coworking revolution?” chaired by Carol Sam (manager of the Ealing Council Economic Regeneration team), with representatives from local workspace providers
3:00pm-3:30pm – Sponsors Hub: visitors welcome to visit the expo exhibition (Victoria Hall)*
3:30pm-4:00pm – Second Talk: Matteo Turi of Taras Financial Services, also co-founder of newly launched firm T&S Finance Events: “How to make money in your business: three rules to follow” (Nelson Room)
4:15pm-4:45pm – The Contactus Panel: “The Ealing Advantage: what would it take for Ealing to be the leading London borough for business?” chaired by Financial Times journalist Yuri Bender (editor-in-chief, Professional Wealth Management magazine), with experts from Ealing’s business scene, including Andrew Dakers (CEO, West London Business); Matteo Turi (co-founder and CFO, T&S Finance Events), and Andrew Henderson (head coach, London Broncos rugby league club) (Nelson Room)
5pm – Exhibition closes in Victoria Hall
5:00pm-6:00pm – Google Digital Garage: “Reach New Customers Online” digital skills workshop delivered by Chami Coomasaru of UpSkill Digital (Nelson Room)
6:00pm-7:00pm – Coffee and Cakes; Live Music Performance by exciting Ealing-based band, Chasing Deer (Victoria Hall)
7:00pm – End of Day 1

*Sponsors Hub: 3:00-3:30pm – Victoria Hall:
– Contactus magazines – Let’s Tweet Together – Twitter skills for absolute beginners – presented by editor/publisher Carlene Bender
– The Athena Network – Round-table Discussions: (i) Beauty & the Business; (ii) Mobile apps and digital
– T&S Finance Events – 1:1 Finance Advice sessions
– Ealing Council – Mini Speed Networking

10:30am – Registration opens (collect your name badge, and drop your business card in for the raffle draw)
11:00am – Welcome: Business exhibition re-opens in Victoria Hall

[The Worshipful, the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Simon Woodroofe, and his wife, Lady Mayoress Valerie Woodroofe, attended the Expo and had a tour of stands before being invited to name this year’s charities. A cash collection was later made for The Log Cabin, based on Northfield Avenue W13, and Age UK Ealing.]

11:30am-12noon – Networking Workshop: 6 types of pitch (not just for women) with Joanne Sumner (regional director, West London region) of The Athena Network (Nelson Room)
12:15pm-12:45pm – Speed Networking (Nelson Room)
1:00pm-1:30pm – Break for Buffet Lunch and informal 1:1 Networking in Nelson Room 2

[Surprise visit and address from newly elected MP for Ealing Central and Acton, Dr Rupa Huq]

1:45pm-2:15pm – Third Talk: “Why everyone should start a business” – by Alex Pemberton (founder, Launch Seven)
2:30pm-3:30pm – “The Contactus Instant Advice Lottery” – panel featuring local business services, including social media marketing (Loredana Baranga, Marketology); websites and startups (Alex Pemberton, Launch Seven); local business promotioning (Carlene Bender, Contactus magazines); and event planning and management (Ruby Sweeney, The Events Hub). Email in your business dilemma beforehand to, or scribble it on your card on the day. Your question could be picked at random to be answered during the hour. Hosted by Carlene Bender (Contactus magazines).
3:30pm-4:00pm – Sponsors Hub: visitors welcome to visit the expo exhibition (Victoria Hall)**
4:15pm-4:45pm – Ask the Expert about buying and renting property in Ealing: live Q&A with Donald Collins, sales director at Go View London, hosted by Yuri Bender (Financial Times)
5pm – Exhibition closes in Victoria Hall
5:15pm-5:45pm – CANCELLED: Final Closing Talk: Hayley Smith, founder of Flow Aid (she is also founder of Boxed Out PR company): “Give and give back: what businesses and charities can learn from each other” (Nelson Room). Flow Aid is the nominated charity of the Ealing Business Expo.
6:00pm-6:30pm – Speed Networking (Nelson Room)
6:30pm-7:00pm – Coffee and Cakes (Victoria Hall)
7:00pm – Festival Ends

*Sponsors Hub: 3:30-4:00pm – Victoria Hall
– Contactus magazines – “How to promote your business in Ealing”
– The Athena Network – Round-table Discussions: (i) Health & Wellbeing; (ii) Be branded
– T&S Finance Events – 1:1 Finance Advice sessions
– Ealing Council – mini speed networking

Most recent page update: 26 June 2017

Venue: Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2BY