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Press Release

One week to go until the Brentwood Business Showcase!

Date: 24 October 2017

With just over one week to go until the Brentwood Business Showcase ensure you have booked your place.

The event, which will take place on Wednesday 1 November from 9am to 4pm at Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE, is returning following the success of last year’s and promises to be bigger and better than before.

Organised by Brentwood Borough Council and supported by Wortley Byers Law – the Showcase’s Platinum Sponsor – and Gold Sponsor TaxAssist Accountants - the Showcase is promoting Brentwood as a great place to locate, grow and do business offering a new arena for companies to network, support local trade and champion their businesses.

Transform your business whether you are starting up, developing or expanding and learn how to address your business challenges. You will have the opportunity to promote your business, network with others and meet new customers and suppliers.

There will be a wide variety of businesses exhibiting where guidance will range from finding a niche market to building a business as well as advice on digital futures, marketing, business success and entrepreneurship.

Google’s Digital Garagewill hold two digital masterclasses, Reach New Customers Online, and Social Media Strategy. They will provide practical advice that should instantly boost the effectiveness of your online marketing.

Microsoftwill talk about The Future of the Workplace; and why digital transformation is important to businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Hear from Sol-Tec, a Microsoft Cloud Partner, about how digital transformation has helped their business succeed, the challenges they faced and how they used digital changes to address these.

A range of workshops can help with specific challenges and help improve your business. From advice on how to get your idea on to the retailers’ shelf, to rules to help grow your business and profits. Learn how to become an influential communicator at work and how to give your business a marketing MOT to help reinvigorate it.

The Ask the Experts Panel will hear from five highly successful Brentwood businesses Baker Labels, K-Fit, Cheeky Panda, the Point 1888 and Wortley Byers Law on their secrets of growth and how technology has helped or hindered them.

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce will host a complementary drinks reception at 4pm where you can make valuable connections with other exhibitors and visitors to complete the day.

Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “I’m delighted that Google Digital Garage and Microsoft will be heading the Brentwood Business Showcase – a sure sign of just how significant this event has become locally and in Essex. Brentwood’s entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing not only on the back of its history of business innovation, but now thanks also to its cutting edge approach which has brought Brentwood to the attention of leading worldwide firms.

Whether you are already running a business, thinking of starting out on your own, or just want to see the borough’s economic future unfold, the Showcase is a must. It’s a great opportunity to generate new business leads, network, and brainstorm ideas for developing and engaging with companies across the county. I look forward to seeing you there on Wednesday 1 November.”

Jane Winfield, Partner in Commercial Property and Head of Business Development, at Wortley Byers Law, said: “We are both proud and thrilled to be part of what Brentwood has to offer the business community and we encourage those who have yet to register to commit the date to their diaries. Attending the Brentwood Business Showcase will bring immense value to anyone’s business – the knowledge which will be shared and potential connections to be made promises a great ROI of anyone’s time. We look forward to meeting our Brentwood business partners on the day.”

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Essex County Council, who will be speaking at the event, said: “There has been a fantastic response to this year’s Brentwood Business Showcase and over 70 per cent of attendees will be attending for the first time which shows a huge appetite for business in Essex. Companies can still register for the event which will give them the opportunity to network, attend workshops and get valuable advice on running a business.   

“Essex is one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK. It has great transport links to London, has international gateways in Stansted and Southend Airports and Harwich Port, so is the perfect place to start a business or relocate.”

Tickets for the event are FREE and visitors can register at Please email for more information.


Notes to editors:

Schedule for the day:

9:30 - Welcome Address / Brentwood: A Great Place to Invest and Do Business, Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay and Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and Digital Economy, Cllr Kevin Bentley

9.55 - Growth, Technology and the SME, Ask the Experts Panel hosted by Sarah Brockwell, Director of sarahBee Marketing with five highly successful Brentwood businesses: Baker Labels, K-Fit/ Bellmate Systems, Cheeky Panda, the Point 1888 and Wortley Byers Law

10.45 - The Future of the Workplace, Simon Farrell, Strategic Account Executive at Microsoft UK

11.20 – The Impact of Digital Transformation, Sol-Tec, Paul Collins

12.00 - Marketing MOT, Sarah Brockwell, Director of sarahBee Marketing

12.30 – Communicate & Influence with Confidence Style & Ease For Your Business (and Life) Success, Kay White, bestselling author of The A to Z of Being Understood

13.00 - Reach New Customers Online, Google Digital Garage

14.00 - Mind to Market, James Murray, CEO of KFIT

14.30 - How to Grow Your Business and Profits, James Sinclair

15.00 - Social Media Strategy, Google Digital Garage

16.00 - Complementary Drinks Reception, hosted by Brentwood Chamber of Commerce

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895