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Visitor FAQs

Get the most out of your visit

Prepare for your visit to The Great British Expos with the information and tips contained in our Visitor FAQs.

The simple answer is yes! All our business expos are FREE to attend as a visitor. The only element of our events that are chargeable is if you want to exhibitor your business and any of our events. Our events welcome anyone that is either in business or thinking of starting their own business. The process to attend our event is simple, just pre-register online for the event you want to attend.

Due to fire regulations at the venues in which we hold our events, we recommend you pre-register for the events you want to attend. This helps us to monitor other practical elements like catering levels, and room capacity for our workshops / speakers. It also enables us to keep you informed with any updates to the event. We can then send you exclusive notifications detailing special features of the event and event confirmations to you.

Firstly, we recommend you bring plenty of business cards with you to the expo. Never underestimate how many people attend these events and how many business cards you may want to hand out to new connections. We also recommend that you a pen and note pad to write down ideas that you have when at the event or attending any of the seminars.

We welcome anyone that either have a business, work for a business or are thinking of starting a business. We also welcome charities, not for profits, social enterprises, and community interest companies. We have also welcomed college students to our events who are particularly interested in business related studies, however we do request that prior consent is gained before attendance at the event.

Our events have been designed to have something for everyone regardless of what stage they are on with their business journey. We would encourage you invite as many people to attend the event with you as you can. The events are the perfect platform for anyone wanting to grow their business with free access to the event features like our exhibitors, networking opportunities, speakers, workshops and 1-2-1 clinics.

Our are cross industry and sector. Most businesses attending and exhibiting will be from professional services. However, we do have specific industries like manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical also represented. Most of our exhibitors are B2B companies (as they are in the marketplace to promote their services to other businesses, however we also be do some that B2C companies (they are in the marketplace to promote their services direct to consumers).  Our view is that all attendees are potential consumers, however please be advised that our visitors are mainly B2B companies.

Our events run from 10am / 3pm and attendees can choose what time that arrive and depart from the event. Throughout the day our event agenda has a mixture of special features such as keynotes, workshops, networking, and seminars meaning many visitors decide to stay for the whole event and benefit from all the free resources available.

We understand that attendees may have to check in with work or catch up on emails. This is why at all of our events we have a dedicated work zone, meaning that you can take time out if the event, have a break  and attend to any work related issues.

Our events are not conferences, you can turn up and depart when you want to.

No, you don’t have to be a business owner or an existing business.  A large percentage of our attendees are employees working and representing the business owner (e.g. marketing manager, business development manager or sales director). We have all been in the start-up stage and the event is also a great place for anyone also thinking of starting a business. We only invite to our events senior decision makes, business owners, directors, buyers, and management staff.

There are many networking opportunities throughout the day at the event. You can attend our Big Business Breakfast and network with local businesses in attendance. We also run 3 speed networking sessions throughout the day in which you can meet 30 new contacts within 30 minutes. All you need to do is register your networking session when you order your ticket. You can just attend the networking sessions on the day of the event; however, we cannot guarantee a place as they are always filled.  Also connect with the exhibitors and visit the connections wall. However please remember, selling to exhibitors is not permitted.

We have a strict no selling policy to exhibitors, partners, or sponsors. Of courses the exhibitors want to know what your businesses does and what services you offer. However please be mindful that the businesses that are exhibiting have paid money to promote their businesses at the event and through their exhibitor fees have made the event free for delegates to attend. Due to this it is inappropriate for visitors who attend the event for free to attempt to sell to exhibitors. Exhibitors are encouraged to tell the event organisers of any visitors who are actively selling to them. Please be advised that any visitors found selling to exhibitors may be asked to leave.

If you’re looking to promote your business at the event you can do so via the following methods:

  • Book to attend our Big Business Breakfast Networking
  • Book to attend one of our networking sessions
  • Attach your details to the business connections wall
  • Book a stand from as little as £399 plus VAT

For more information of our marketing opportunities please call us on 0843 289 4634

As a responsible data handler, we do not share your data with the exhibitors. Neither do we sell your data as part of our exhibitor packages. We only share data with sponsors and partners of Great British Expos Ltd. All of our partners / sponsors have to complete an NDA and a GDPR Data agreement inline with our ICO policy.

At all our events we have a dedicated café area where you can buy food and drink at the event. At our cafe you can buy light refreshments and drinks throughout the event. Please make sure you bring either cash or a debit/credit card with you.

If you haven’t had time to register in advance, don’t worry. You are still welcome to attend the event for FREE. All you need to do is simply turn up on the day of the event and our dedicated team will register you when you arrive at the registration area by the main entrance.

Great British Expos - Cardiff, Wales
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