AS THE clock ticks closer to opening the doors of The Ultimate Business Show (aka TUBS) for the first time, the events team doesn’t know whether to be excited or shout ‘WHAT!? ONLY A MONTH TO GO!?’ and be racked with sheer nerves as we let our baby fly the nest to make its mark on the local event scene. Running an exhibition is a first for the Chamber events team and it’s only natural for any event manager to feel slightly anxious to run a new type of event. But soon our anxiety levels are put at ease, and no, it’s not by copious amounts of gin - it’s by the thought of all the great things attendees will experience on the day all broken down into nine bite-sized chunks for your pleasure. Exhibitors Over 70 exhibitors will be at TUBS, scanning across a variety of sectors of local brands from the city and shire all under one roof. On June 16, exhibitors will bring their products, services and creations to the AECC and whether your interest is cars, property, app development, healthcare or even 3D printing, TUBS will definitely have an exhibitor of interest to you. Open your eyes to what the North-east has to offer With our range of exhibitors travelling from across the city and shire to show you exactly what they do, you will be sure to discover at least one business that you have never heard of. Let's face it, no one likes a know-it-all – so even if you do know of all our exhibitors, they may well be showcasing a part of their business that you might have not known they did. Our diversity of exhibitors will show you just a glimpse of the range of businesses within the region, and attending TUBS will provide you with a broader scope of what’s on your doorstep and highlight opportunities for your business. Seminars Whether you're keen to learn the new developments in social media, learn how to boost those networking skills or even the best activities to involve your brand with – our seminars throughout the day will teach you something new. Our seminars play host to great speakers, including Ed Brooke of the Leith agency, who will share their personal experiences and expertise in marketing your company through tough financial times. Joining Ed will be our sponsors Press & Journal on getting the right media mix in your marketing activities and prepare to be amazed by magicians from Fifth Dimension as they take to the stage to share essential networking tips on how to stand out from the crowd. Make sure to get your questions at the ready to our speakers through our Q&A sessions at each seminar. Networking Opportunities We pride ourselves on being The Ultimate Business Network so it would be rude not to carry on this benefit through TUBS. Apart from engaging with our range of exhibitors, TUBS features a dedicated networking area where you can network with other attendees, make key contacts and boost business opportunities. Catch up with connections Our dedicated networking area will introduce you to new connections, but what about those who you haven’t engaged with for a while or struggling to get time in the diary to meet? Plan your day in advance and invite your existing connections to meet up throughout your day at TUBS. Create the ultimate itinerary for your day at the show giving you time to visit exhibitors, attend seminars, build new connections along with re-connecting and retaining key contacts. Increase business opportunities Whether there’s an exhibitor you are eager to speak to, a seminar you are desperate to learn from or maybe you wish to spend the majority of the day in our networking area to grow connections – you will likely leave at the end of the day with a connection to follow up the next day in the office or be inspired to try something new in your business. Engage with your Chamber TUBS will showcase the Chamber membership all in one place. Are you a member or thinking about becoming one? There will be sessions of ‘Maximise Your Membership’ where you can find out all you need to know about what the Chamber membership offers you. As well as the events team, our membership network managers, communications, VQ, exporting and training teams will be present on our stand throughout the day, so drop in for a chat and see how we can help your business. You might even spot the Chamber van… Love a bargain? In the current climate, every penny is a prisoner so we are offering entrance to members for free and £10 to non-members – creating an opportunity not to be missed to experience a day of seminars, networking and of course exhibitors. Have you booked on yet? This concluding point should seal the deal… The Ultimate Business Hamper Love a freebie? All attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win The Ultimate Business Hamper. Each exhibitor will be adding a prize to the hamper and is already filled with champagne, weekend get-aways, concert tickets and for all you Jurassic Park fans a 3D printed T-rex skull will even be up for grabs. In under a month, TUBS will be open for business, so dive deeper into The Ultimate Business Network and book your place - you don’t want to miss it. Have you booked now?