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Growing Your Own Business event- Exhibition & Conference

30 & 31 January 2009 : Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), Manchester

The essential event for small businesses in the North West, the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference at Manchester Central, which takes place in January 2009, provides all the expertise entrepreneurs need to help increase their business potential.

About the exhibition

The essential event for small businesses in the North West, the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference at Manchester Central, which takes place in January 2009, provides all the expertise entrepreneurs need to help increase their business potential.

The 2008 event has just passed. Visitors benefited from expert advice in the Business Advice Zone and in the FREE Conference.

You can view the conference programme 2008 and to download speaker presentations.

Friday January 30, 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday January 31, 10:00 – 14:00
Manchester Central, Manchester 2009


Free conference

The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference on 30 & 31 January 2009 in Manchester will provide an invaluable forum of advice and services to help you grow your business, featuring a free conference and networking activities.

Conference programme

To view the 2008 conference programme and to download presentations please see below:

Friday January 30 2009

10:45 – 11:15   The successful entrepreneur

  • What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
  • Taking on the challenge – turning your ideas into a reality
  • Setting short-term milestones that positively impact long-term goals
  • Motivating yourself to succeed in business

Perry Wilson, Co-Founder, InsureandGo. More Info >

11:15 – 12:45   Growing your business through franchising

  • Why franchising could provide a suitable growth strategy for your business
  • Assessing whether franchising is right for your business
  • Steps to take when developing your franchise network
  • Top tips for new franchisors

Brian Smart, Director General, British Franchise Association (bfa). More Info >

13:45 – 14:15   How to run a cost-efficient business

  • Benefits of reviewing your business processes
  • Evaluating tasks and measuring achievements
  • Optimising your work-flow and improving output
  • Practical checklists to guide you through various aspects of business

Natalie Perillo, Managing Director, MyRuby. More Info >

15:15 – 15:45   Everything you need to be effective at marketing

  • Do you understand the needs of your target audience?
  • Developing a competitive edge over your competitors
  • Choosing effective marketing channels that are within budget
  • Alternative marketing approaches for SMEs

Brad Rosser, Founder and Chairman, Better Stronger Faster Group. More Info >

Saturday January 31 2009

10:45 – 11:15   Excelling as a business leader

  • Establishing a vision for growth and setting achievable targets
  • Using innovation to stay at the forefront of your business
  • Overcoming challenges to reach your goals
  • Advice and tips from a leading businesswoman

Sara Murray, Founder, buddi.co.uk. More Info >

12:15 – 12:45   Protecting your business against the unknown

  • What is business continuity planning?
  • The benefits of securing the long term future of your business
  • Understanding the risks and knowing what to plan for
  • Developing a plan that responds to customers, opportunities and external threats

Ben Rapp, CEO, Managed Networks. More Info >

13:30 – 14:00   Generating new sales leads

  • Defining a strategy that suits the current economic climate
  • Strategies to generate more interest
  • Following up and managing sales leads
  • Turning leads into customers

Andy Preston, Head Trainer, Outstanding Results. More Info >

15:00 – 15:30   The ultimate search engine marketing strategy

  • Why search should be an integral part of your marketing plan
  • How SEO can increase your search engine listings
  • Choosing keywords that bring customers to your website
  • Useful web optimisation techniques

Craig Upton, Managing Director, Weblinx. More Info >


India Automation 2009 – International Exhibition & Conference


  • First ever world class automation show on India’s premier platform, with several global majors launching new products and solutions.
  • Participation expected from more than 125 companies.
  • Over 10000 business professionals expected to visit the show.
  • Concurrent “India Automation 2009 Conferences” and “User Meets” with over 250 top professionals comprising Chairmen, CEOs, MDs and other Senior Executives from the Indian and Global Automation Industry.

Automation Technologies provide the next big lever for the transformation of India with its focus on global scale manufacturing and infrastructure

The objective of the exhibition and conference is to bring together the manufacturers and suppliers in the field of Automation.  The Exhibition and conference will provide and excellent platform for service providers to showcase their products and services and network with decision makers from the leading Automation Companies.



  • Discrete Manufacturing – Automotive, Textile, Packaging, Material Handling, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Machine Tools, Robotics
  • Continuous Process – Oil & Gas (General, Transport, Distribution), Metals & Mining, Cement, Chemicals, Life Sciences, Fertilizer, Petrochemicals
  • Infrastructure – Electrical Power (Generation, Transmission & Distribution), HVAC & Energy Management, Stockyards & Warehouses, Safety & Security Systems, Office Buildings & Retail Malls


  • Enterprise Integration & Management Systems
  • Software & Engineering Tools
  • Programmable Logic, Closed Loop & Supervisory Controllers
  • Process Instruments, Analysers & Industrial Computers
  • Network Protocols & Standards
  • Image Processing & Measurement
  • Speed & Multi-axis Controllers
  • Wireless Sensors
  • Automation Enablers – Encoders, Panels, Switches, Connectors, Cables & Displays


  • CEOs
  • Plant Heads
  • Project Heads
  • CIO’s
  • Engineering & Quality Heads
  • Process & Safety Heads and
  • Senior Technical Professionals from discrete manufacturing, continuous process industry and infrastructure


Start Date: 16 September,2009 End Date: 19 September,2009
Venue:  Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E)
Contact: Cyril Desouza