Prepare for success with the Growing Your Own Business Conference

Thriving local entrepreneurs will inspire and business specialists will educate at EventCity, Manchester on 22 & 23 June

Designed to support anyone aiming to grow a current or future commercial venture, The Growing Your Own Business Conference is co-located with The Northern Franchise Exhibition. The conference combines workshops with keynote presentations and the chance to network with industry experts and fellow entrepreneurs.

Keynote speakers will provide real-life illustrations of the path to success. On Friday 22 June, Karina Jadhav, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Ménagerie Restaurant & Bar in Manchester, will share her story and inspire her audience “…to channel their ambition and pursue the business that is right for them.”

Local twin-sisters, Lisa and Helen Tse of Sweet Mandarin Sauces have achieved global success in business, recognition of which has earned them each an MBE for services to the food industry. On Saturday 23 June, Helen and Lisa will not only provide inspiration but also eight crucial tips for business success, so that “…audience members can follow their dreams of business ownership with clarity and confidence.”

Experts in the fields of social media, sales, PR and business planning will fulfil a programme of workshops intended to equip visitors with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve business growth and success.

On Friday, Alex McCann of Altrincham HQ will provide ten ways to use Twitter to build social media success, and Anthony Tattum of Big Cat will explain the fundamentals of search engine marketing. Plus, sales expert Jeremy Jacobs will enlighten audiences on the three most common sales mistakes and how to avoid them.

Saturday’s schedule will see Jonathan Gifford of Cicero share tips to boost your brand through PR, and Chris Roberts of Franchise Finance will share his wisdom to make business planning easy.

Jon Asquith of ActionCOACH will present on both days on how to grow business profits and achieve a desirable work-life balance.

The Growing Your Own Business Hub provides a platform for visitors to gather one-to-one advice from industry specialists, including EPOS experts and technology provider, Datasym, who are exhibiting exclusively in this section of the event.

The Northern Franchise Exhibition showcases brands offering franchise opportunities to meet all career and lifestyle goals. Event sponsors, Fitness Space, join names including Cafe2U, Merry Maids and Home Care Assistance.

An exclusive partnership with the British Franchise Association (bfa) and a further programme of franchise-specific seminars ensures that visitors can secure all the information they need for their journey into franchising.

Helen Wood, portfolio sales manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The Franchise Exhibitions, summarises:

“The Northern Franchise Exhibition brings together entrepreneurs in the North West with a wide variety of bfa-accredited brands and business types. Crucially, the event also delivers the knowledge and skills needed to build a prosperous business long-term, making this event a highly valuable investment of time for ambitious entrepreneurs.”

To claim free tickets, visit and use promo code GYB1.

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