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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 WESTERN MAIL

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Welsh delegates to meet ‘the best in the south west’ next week The organisers of The Business

people and offering one-on-one mentoring sessions – and it’s important for businesses to give something back. I hope you can join me and lots of like-minded business delegates and exhibitors at this special free The organiser said: “We are all set for a huge end of year with this event and want to welcome guests from across the bridge. There is so much business to be done between Wales and the south west. It is free to attend and open to all – whether you’re established in business, or looking to be. Whether you’re a student looking to pitch your business idea, or a CEO looking to connect with major suppliers. Delegates fromWales can connect with so many great businesses here in the south west – from global brands to SMEs. We want the showcase to be a business- packed experience that delegates will feel compelled to stay at all day long. Our delegates enjoy multiple and useful seminars and inspiring keynotes that help solve the problems and challenges in today’s business world. “For this full stadium-sized event, we are laying on a whole fleet of free bus shuttles from our partner First. It’s good for business, creativity, education and even good causes and we hope to welcome thousands of delegates.’ Major businesses support the event This October’s event has been sponsored by NatWest and Worldpay along with Rybrook Specialist Cars, which has recently opened up a luxury car dealership in Bristol at Cribbs Causeway with Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Bentley and Lamborghini cars, and Soitron – an international IT firm which is supporting the event for the first time. The first showcase took place in April 2014 and offered great business networking opportunities. Top CEOs from across the South West attended a drinks event and delegates enjoyed inspiring keynotes including a event in such a great and now, complete venue.”

Showcase South West are calling out to businesses from across Wales to attend their business event on Wednesday, October 5 in Bristol. The exhibition, which is free to attend, is the largest in the region and is hosted at the newly- completed Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. There is free overflow car parking nearby and free bus shuttles from First West of England, picking up from various locations in the city including Temple Meads railway station. The Business Showcase has become the key business event for South West England, celebrating the best of innovation, creativity and enterprise. The organisers offer free seminars, workshops and panel sessions with experts. Previous speakers have included business icons such as Baroness Brady, entrepreneurs like Levi Roots, ‘millionaire’s’ mentor’ Bev James and Gerald Ratner plus big name sponsors from NatWest to Worldpay. The current winner of BBC’s The Apprentice to share the ‘secrets of his success’ On October 5, the star winner of the hit BBC TV series The Apprentice will be giving a keynote speech, sharing the secrets to his success and taking part in a Q and A afterwards where attendees can pitch their business ideas to an expert panel from NatWest and Worldpay. Apprentice winner Joseph Valente said: “I am delighted to be providing a special keynote speech at the Business Showcase South West. It’s been quite a ride this last year after winning the most recent Apprentice. on the series and doing a Q and A on the main stage in the SLXTheatre. I am looking forward to engaging with the businesses of one of the most productive regions: The south west. “It’s not just about the business either for me – for example, I am involved with supporting young I will be sharing the secrets of my success, my experiences

Apprentice winner Joseph Valente and Lord Sugar

speech from Baroness Brady CBE, another star of BBC’s The Apprentice. ■ ■ For readers who would like to find out more or book their delegate tickets, booking is via the organiser’s website www. showcase2016.com. For those looking to exhibit at the event next May, readers can call the organisers Showcase Events on

Baroness Brady giving a keynote at the first Business Showcase SouthWest in 2014

Delegates and the exhibiton team from CenterParcs Business Events

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