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The Gloucestershire Business show was first suggested in 2012 with the worst recession in recent history sharp in the memory. Businesses, public, private and third sector organisations were reeling and trying to understand a very volatile landscape.
The idea formed within a group of Gloucestershire’s business people and key professional bodies that a communication tool was needed to allow the business community to have a voice. We also enable the county’s strategic business organisations to communicate key information in an engaging and relevant way.
The event model more usually found in the arts festival world was worked on with “business in Gloucestershire” as the genre to be at the centre. In line with that model, it’s a multi-day event with the core emphasis on an event programme that develops each year across the two days to examine and promote the key issues that matter. There are regular items that will be with us, there are new and current discussion topics and there are the strategic “think pieces” that present a chance for the business community to have their voice and help shape the county’s future.
It’s all set in an exhibition environment where business can present products and services and working to develop a healthy and collaborative approach. It will bring investment into the county and keep as much procurement as possible within the county boundary.
THERE ARE 3 PRINCIPLE DEMOGRAPHICS:
SO WHO SHOULD BE AT THE SHOW?
If you have any interest at all in Gloucestershire business and how the community works and develops, then you should.
Whether you will benefit from sponsoring, exhibiting, or just joining us as a visitor, you will find a vast wealth of information, business opportunities and scope for business support and development.
Any business who is interested in forming new collaborative relationships, developing business in Gloucestershire, learning and growing and exploring the rich variety of businesses in the area.
If you are a micro or start up business, an international corporation or an SME – GBS has something for you.
If there are barriers to your business development – technology, experience, knowledge, staff, financial, other – there will be someone with the advice.
Passionate about issues facing business growth? Worried about new legislation? Want to understand funding options and gain top tips to accessing finance? GBS has experts presenting interactive workshops and who are available to talk to.
Want to work with another business to expand your service provision? Visit the numerous stands and network with visitors to make those important connections.