Press Announcement
ANNOUNCEMENT – The Stockport Business Expo
September 25, 2017

Important Announcement about The Stockport Business Expo's

Since the Stockport Business Expo started in its first year in November 2011, the show has been one of the leading forerunners of Business to Business Networking and Education. The event inspired the creation of the Cheshire Business Expo and the hugely successful Trafford Business Expo. However, as part of our internal Business review, we plan on this year’s Stockport, Cheshire and Trafford Business Expo’s to be our last Expo’s ran in the current format and under the “Expo” banner by innov8. Despite receiving many offers to sell the events to other Event Companies, we have instead taken the decision to maintain the control of the Expo’s with the aim of launching new and exciting events at the end of 2017.

Feedback from clients and sponsors is that whilst they feel that they do get value out of the Business Expo’s, the increased number of similar events, most of which are running on smaller budgets and investing less in catering and speaker sessions is creating a less impactful view of the “Expo” style of events. From 2018 we will no longer be holding the Stockport/ Trafford/ Cheshire Business Expo’s and will instead replace the events with a new format of event that solves the same problems facing Business Owners and Directors in Greater Manchester.

At our recent Cheshire Business Expo, we felt that the timeframe for these changes needed to be sped up as the feedback continued to prove our initial business decisions correct. As a result, we have made changes immediately to the pricing, format and style of the Stockport Business Expo as part of our events review.

The Stockport Business Expo this year will focus less heavily on short pop up workshops and seminars and will include a Full Conference programme with 3 Keynote Speakers and 4 Workshop Sessions throughout the day. The number of Exhibitors will also be decreased to provide more room for Conference and Workshop sessions within the main hall. We are also making changes to the types of attendee categories for the event, introducing a new Complimentary Exhibition Attendee and Premium VIP Attendee. These two categories are as below:

VIP Attendance - £10.00 per ticket

  • Access to all Conference and Lightning Workshop Sessions
  • Access to the attendee list (only those who have opted in) of all other VIP attendees
  • Catering breaks throughout the day including a buffet lunch
  • Entry to the Exhibition Hall
  • Conference and Exhibition Programme
  • Attendee Badge

Exhibition Entrance Only - Free for pre-registered (£5.00 access on the day)

  • Entry to the Exhibition Hall
  • Conference and Exhibition Programme
  • Visitor Badge

Built into the programme will be several large tea and coffee breaks plus a full hour for a buffet lunch which will only be available to Exhibitors and VIP Attendees.

Finally, the next change is that the Stockport Business Expo will officially be opening at the earlier time of 9.00am and running until 4.00pm, this is to allow more time for Registration and for us to add another Keynote Speaker into the programme at 9.45am.

We firmly believe these changes will make a positive effect on our attendee and Exhibitors, ensuring that our events continue to inspire and innovate those who seek to meet new clients, partners and suppliers.

Further changes to our events calendar for 2018 will be announced over the coming months alongside the increase in the Social Media Conference Programme and the Greater Manchester Business Awards Categories.

We thank you for your support in our events and we look forward to continuing improvingour events.  

The team at innov8 Conference Services