Exciting new business expo for the SME sector debuts in the North West

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We’re delighted to announce the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Hub will be supporting the inaugural edition of Smarter Business LIVE on 15th and 16th November 2017.

Bringing together under one giant roof, three complementary business shows; each carefully designed to inform, educate and inspire business owners and teams across the crucial SME and Start-up sectors.

Hosted at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in the heart of Manchester, the event is set to attract SME businesses and entrepreneurial groups from every corner of the hugely important North West region and adjacent business regions.

Empowering SMEs with ‘smarter’ technologies, partners and practices.

With headline partners already on board, embracing leading chartered professional and SME business organisations together with all of the North West’s regional growth hubs, Ian Stone, MD of UK Industry Events comments; “We live in hugely disruptive times – technologically, socially and economically. However the successful start-ups, fledgling and growing SME businesses of tomorrow will be those seizing the initiative, empowering themselves with smarter technologies, partners and practices.”

Reflecting on the multi-department appeal of this event, Stone continues; “Smarter Business LIVE literally allows aspiring and current SMEs to run a health check across all their core business operations and strategies.”

Influential headline partners:

Announced headline partners to Smarter Business LIVE already include Greater Manchester Business Growth HubThe Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute for IT(BCS), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Digital Garage from GoogleLiverpool City Region Local Growth Hub, Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub, Boost Lancashire Business Growth Hub, pro-manchesterCumbria Business Growth Hub, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Centre for Enterprise at MMU, ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales), ICAEW Business Advice Service (ICAEW BAS) plus MEN Media Group and GM Business Connect. Additional partner collaborations will be announced post-show launch.

Three high-synergy shows under one giant roof            

Smarter Business LIVE brings together THREE clearly focused, high synergy, co-locating shows and open learning streams in one powerful integrated business sourcing, intelligence and procurement environment.

Individual shows for 2017 are:

Smarter Sales and Marketing Show 2017 – Empowering future Sales and Marketing performance

Showcasing the latest digital technologies, progressive industry solutions and specialist partners: empowering SME sales and marketing professionals to optimise performance in today’s rapidly changing digitally-led and increasingly competitive landscape; harnessing all exciting new mediums and technologies.

Smarter SME IT Show 2017 – IT solutions empowering the dynamic SME sector

Showcasing the latest scalable, high performance Information Technology solutions and supporting industry partners meeting the needs of today’s high growth, dynamic SME business sector faced with unstoppable requirements for greater flexibility, scalability, mobility, virtualisation, integration, value and performance.

Smarter SME Business Management Show 2017 – Empowering smarter SME business and financial management

Showcasing specialist business service providers, software, solutions, support initiatives and best practice to empower today’s SME and Start-Up business managers in the crucial business areas including Finance, Funding, HR, Legal, Insurance, Workspace and more…

Two day packed Open Learning programme

Core components in the Smarter Business LIVE event are the drop-in Open Learning programmes, totalling more than 40 hours of expert advice and insight, with significant hosted content to be provided by headline partners, aligning with their own year-round business support, educational and continuing professional development programming. Hosted in four open show-floor based auditoriums, show floor clinics and drop-in advisory points, the programme will provide invaluable education, intelligence, guidance and inspiration for visitors to take away, empowering their next crucial business building and business performance steps.

Reflecting the ‘interdependent dynamic’ of the modern business SME

Commenting on the benefits of co-locating three shows together, Stone explains; “The great synergies between the event components will optimise the value of attending for business teams since visitors can focus on their primary objectives while also finding huge interest in adjacent streams that might have value for them or indeed, on which they could have influence.”

Stone continues; “The integrated show formula reflects the ‘interdependent dynamic’ of the modern business SME, with directors, senior managers and business owners consistently inputting to multiple sales/marketing/IT and financial/business management strategic decisions.”

Being fit for success

Set to be the biggest and most comprehensive business expo in the North West, Smarter Business LIVE 2017 is designed to empower ‘smarter’ SME business growth and performance; navigating through today’s ever transitioning business, technology and social changes. Event founder Ian Stone rounds up the importance of this event; “In today’s ultra, competitive, technology fuelled, 24/7 communications marketplace, it’s not just about being ‘fit for purpose’, it’s now about being ‘fit for success’.”

Further information on Smarter Business LIVE 2017 can be found at



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