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: eepurl.com/cezJaH), 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)


FRIDAY
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


SATURDAY
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 info@contactusealing.co.uk, 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