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Bob’s the business

The Northwest’s biggest Business conference comes to Manchester next week, with Bob Geldof leading the way…

Published on November 16th 2006.


Bob’s the business

Ok, ways to get rich. 1) Winning the lottery. Not likely. 2) An elderly relative who you didn’t know existed dies and leaves you all her money. Again, not likely. 3) Robbing a bank. Up to you, but not recommended. 4) Setting up your own business and taking over the world, with a franchise on every street corner. Now you’re talking.

If you’ve always dreamt about being the next Richard Branson (only better looking), then you may be interested in the memorably named B2B North West incorporating BEX conference that takes place at the Gmex on 22 and 23 November.

Bringing together an impressive list of entrepreneurs to guide and teach Manchester’s budding business bods, the event will feature Bob Geldof as headline speaker, as well as the team behind Dragons’ Den who will be on the prowl for bright young hopefuls for their next series.

The opportunity to put across business ideas to Dragons’ Den will be on either Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November, and hopefuls are being advise to polish up their pitch ahead of the event by visiting

Visitors to the free event are being encouraged to refine their pitches ahead of the event on the programme’s website www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden in the ‘Evan’s Guide to Pitching’ section which outlines the dos and don’ts of pitching on Dragons’ Den.

Bob Geldof will be talking about his passion and motivations and how they apply to his business interests. “Business is like life,” says Geldof. “You move forward or you die. Standing still is not an option and going back is the end. Forward movement, that is progress, requires constant change and adaptation, learning and new knowledge. Innovation is the essence of life.”

Joining Geldof on the programme will be Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, and over fifty business and industry experts sharing their advice and experiences on topics including raising finance, sales and marketing, ICT and people management.

Northwest Business Insider Editor Michael Taylor will chair a debate on whether companies should own or lease their property, while a whole host of entrepreneurs, including Darren Richards of datingdirect.com, reveal their business scars as the The Sunday Times hosts the ‘How I Made It’ lounge.

Entry to the conference, which will include over 200 exhibitors, is free. To register for the event, or for more information, visit www.b2bnorthwest.co.uk.

B2B North West incorporating BEX conference
November 22 and 23
Gmex, Manchester

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