Big Business event back at the Arena UK Show Centre, based in Allington, UK

The Big Business Event is set to return to the Arena UK show centre, near Allington in the UK next month on Thursday 11th May 2023.

The day is set to be a fabulous business showcase event for small to large businesses who are based in the East Midlands, and who are looking to grow their network, collaborate with other businesses and gain inspiration. 

It’s a perfect opportunity for businesses to come together across the area and build their network to hopefully find new people to do collaborations with or partners.

Grow your business, grow your network

If you’re wanting to grow your current business, thinking of starting a new business or just want to promote your business, The Big Business Event is the perfect event for you! With over 70 exhibition spaces, there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

The event is FREE to attend, even if you are not a business person you are welcome to go and check out what the area has an offer.

“Our first event in 2022, was a huge success. We’re really excited about hosting our second business showcase event in the area and providing an opportunity to allow any size business to be able to take part and exhibit with our affordable stand prices.  We’re dedicated and passionate in helping local businesses to grow and take their business to the next level. ”

Hanna & Deborah

About The Big Business Event:

Why Attend?

• Fantastic opportunity to network with a wide range of businesses, entrepreneurs & start-ups

• Fast-paced speed-networking sessions to make new contacts quickly

• Establish new & valuable contacts

• Cost effective way of marketing your business

• Interact with the Big Business owners, movers and shakers of your industry

• Leave the show with a wide array of leads

• Escape the office and have an enjoyable day out promoting your business.

Who Can Attend?

• Any qualifying participant can attend The Big Business Event. We encourage anyone that currently owns a business or anyone that works for a business to attend.

• If you don’t currently own a business or work for a business, that’s okay too! The event is the perfect place for you to come learn how to start & grow your own business. We have FREE workshops about building your own business, an exhibitor hall with great products/services to help you, speed networking & more! 

• Whether you’re already an established business, a start-up, a young aspiring entrepreneur or anything in between, if you love to showcase your business, we want to see you at The Big Business Event.


Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson

The Development Network Partner

Deliver that Elevator Pitch without the sweat!
10:00 – 10:45am

How to break your elevator pitch down and really deliver punchy information about you and your business so that you leave making an impression.

Deborah Wylie

Deborah Wylie

Honey Legal

Matrix Networking
10:45 – 11:30am

Matrix Networking is the perfect platform to get noticed without getting stressed. Make new connections and promote what you do best.

Deborah Firmstone & Rachel Haith

Deborah Firmstone & Rachel Haith

Business Boots

Boost YOUR Business
11:30 – 12:15pm

We’ll empower you and give your the confidence and self belief and provide you with the right marketing tools to ensure your business thrives.

Katrina Pierce

Katrina Pierce

Federation of Small Businesses, Lincs

Small Business, Big Opportunities
1:00 – 1:45pm

Join Katrina Pierce, from FSB Lincs, for a positive look to the future which will undoubtedly be led by SMEs.

Grantham Business Club

Grantham Business Club

‘Ask The Expert’
2:00 – 2:45pm

Paul Green from GBC will host ‘Ask The Expert’ session and will be joined by:
Mike Stokes – Networking Expert
Chris England – The Importance of Using Video In Your Business

What People Said about 2022’s Event

“What a fantastic day! Thank you to Debbie @ Queen Bee & Co and Hannah Thompson for your hard work and patience (as this event has been ready to go for the last 2 years due to Covid) – it was great. Fabulous atmosphere, location and opportunity to meet some great people and businesses! As a sponsor at the event, couldn’t have asked for more!  Can’t wait until next years!”

Sue Farr, Farr Financial Planning

“What a fabulous and productive event!  The Big Business Event was buzzing, so many useful contacts and ample time to make sure we had meaningful discussions.  Hannah and Deborah ran the event very efficiently with everything we needed under one roof.  I’d highly recommend a stand there for great value for money and maximum impact in meeting new potential clients, future collaborators and maintaining existing relationships.  A must do addition to your calendar!”

Deborah Wylie, Honey Legal 

Make sure you follow the Big Business Event Facebook event page here.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet with lots of other businesses in one room on the day. Pop along to the event on Thursday 11th May 2023 at the Arena UK Show Centre, based in Allington near Grantham.

Event brought to you by The Development Partner Network and Queen Bee & Co.



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