Acton Business Expo - remember the date: 
Thursday 19 May 2016, 10.30am-3pm
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Acton Business Expo – 2 weeks to go – Plan your visit

Thursday 19 May 2016 | 10.30am-3pm
Acton Centre | Acton Town Hall | Rooms 1 & 4-5
(on the second floor, upstairs the swimming pool)

The Acton Business Expo day will go on for four and a half hours, so whether you're planning to visit just during your lunch hour, or you're coming to stay for the whole day, it's a good idea to plan out the time you'll spend there.

Have a look at the Expo schedule below and decide from now the talks/panels that you'd like to attend, so on the day you make the most of your time investment.


Here's what the schedule of talks and panels looks like for 19 May.

Nichola Schwarz, London Life Solutions, W3 based NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist: "How to make the most of your Acton Business Expo experience" interactive workshop (Room 1)

Dr Rupa Huq MP Ealing Central and Acton, and Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council officially open the Acton Business Expo 
exhibition (Rooms 4-5)

Andrea Laffey, Ealing Council: "Acton's Regeneration – the work that Ealing Council is doing" talk (Room 1)

Andrew Jackson, Ealing Council: "Smart Business Grants – free advice and money for Acton businesses" presentation (Room 1)

Laura Forsyth, The Village Trading Store: "Discover Churchfield Road, a gem in Acton" slideshow and discussion (Room 1)

"If I were an angel investor" - Dragons' Den style business experts panel (Room 1)

Chair:  - Yuri Bender (journalist, Financial Times)
Panel: - Carol Sam, Ealing Council Regeneration manager; 
             - Andrea Laffey, Ealing Council project manager for Acton; 
             - Andrew Dakers, chief executive of West London Business; 
             - Charlie Suchak, owner of Presentz and Partiez on Acton's High Street.

Alex Molokwu, Co Work Hub: "What it takes to start up a business in Acton – the Co Work Hub story" (Room 1)

Speed Networking session, sponsored by Co Work Hub, and led by Alex Molokwu (Room 1)

Exhibition closes (Rooms 4-5)

Visitors (and exhibitors) are welcome to attend any or all of the talks and panels.

Are you up for some speed networking?

Whether you love it or loathe it, there's no arguing that speed networking is an efficient way of meeting a large number of people in a short space of time. Even the briefest of connections in front of your ideal client can result in a hot lead, and the energy in the room is contagious!

Top three bits of advice:
1. Don't expect quality connections; take the thing for what it is;
2. Remember to carry loads of business cards (about 50), and a notebook (you can use the Expo Guide to make notes), but leave behind the extra leaflets and flyers - these get unwieldy as you shuffle from chair to chair;
3. Follow the instructions - shuffle when it's time to shuffle, swop turns to pitch when Alex says swop turns. Get your time in.

And if you have no idea what to expect from speed networking, have a look at this clip from the Ealing in Business expo last November: YouTube video.

The speed networking session is the one time of the day when everyone can pitch freely; in the exhibition hall (Rooms 4-5), the exhibitors have paid to promote their goods and services, so if you're not an exhibitor, please remember your Expo etiquette, and save your self-promotion for 2pm.

The exhibition hall – Rooms 4-5

Do take advantage of gaps in the schedule to visit the exhibition hall (across the corridor from Room 1). In the "1 week to go" newsletter I will share the link to the online edition of the Acton Business Expo 'Expo Guide', which will have details of all the exhibitors, so you can make a beeline for the ones that interest you as soon as you enter Rooms 4-5.

If you would like to tap into some Expo Guide promotion, feel free to advertise your own business in the booklet. Each slot (about 140 characters) costs £20. Email me by Wed 11 May to book.

In the meantime, you can study the list of exhibitors on our website (the site will be back up on the weekend), or follow the #MeettheActonexhibitors hashtag on social media – the Expo's Twitter handle is
@ActonBizExpo (or search for the hashtag #ActonBizExpo), and on Facebook we're at

If you had planned to take a stand to exhibit and promote your own Acton-based business at the Expo, there are three stands remaining, so email me right away if you'd like one: The cost is: £120, and to find out what you get for that investment, see the 'Exhibit' page on the website.

Last notes

Acton Business Expo is an Ealing Council - Economic Regeneration event, 
supported by the Mayor of London's High Street Fund.

If you're reading this on social media and haven't yet registered to receive email updates about plans for the Acton Business Expo, this link will take you to the Eventbrite page (it is a free event): [click here to register]

Missed our earlier newsletters? Have a read of them here:

More from me again soon.

- Carlene Bender (editor, Contactus Ealing and The_Ealinger local business magazines): organiser, Acton Business Expo, on behalf of Ealing Council Economic Regeneration 

Acton Business Expo: Thursday 19 May 2016 - A day to show off how business is growing and thriving in Acton. Come along to see the kind of skills, services and products that Acton has to offer, and also make some useful connections yourself.

To keep best updated, follow on Twitter: @ActonBizExpo #ActonBizExpo


Acton Business Expo page on Facebook
Facebook group: Businesses in Acton
Twitter: @ActonBizExpo
Website: with information about exhibiting and visiting
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