The Ultimate Business Show - Be an Attendee Apr 26 2017 09:00 - 16:00

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Today see's the return of The Ultimate Business Show and expects 800+ delegates through the doors of the AECC. There's still plenty room for more visitors at this year's show, please be advised that if you register today a pre-printed badge will not be available on registration however the events team will make up a badge for you on arrival.

Cost to attend: FREE to members
and non-members

The Ultimate Business Show 2017 takes place on Wednesday April 26 and gives you the opportunity to see how our North-east businesses can help your business.

Launched last year, the popularity of the first Ultimate Business Show was overwhelming. This year’s show will welcome 1,000 attendees and 75 exhibitors from Aberdeen city and shire showcasing their products, services and solutions.  A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

It presents the perfect platform for you to source products or services locally that can help save you money, while helping keep the North-east economy buoyant.

Throughout the day there are fantastic free seminars which will provide the right tools and knowledge to secure new business and raise your company’s profile. Seminar schedule below:
09.45am -10.30am Buy North East: Next steps

Craig Innes, Head of Commercial & Procurement Services, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Councils
Russell Borthwick, Chief Executive, AGCC (chairperson)
This seminar will give guidance on how to engage with the public sector to compete for business in the North-east and beyond.
The local authorities and their partners will outline their commitment to working with the local North-east supply chain, highlight upcoming contacts and explain how it might not be as complicated as you think to tender for contracts with them.
The councils will also expand on the outcomes they expect to deliver through working in partnership with successful contractors.

11am -11.30am Social Media: Driving Growth in the Rural Economy

Dr Ian Heywood, Aberdeen University Business School
Seona Shand, Head of Membership, AGCC (chairperson)
The Aberdeen University Business School reveals why in the 21st Century, social media is a must have business tool.
Dr Ian Heywood, shares some of the top tips on how to create success through social media in order to drive growth to your business.
A 144-year-old rural business will be used as a case study to demonstrate how using online platforms has helped engage with their community, connect to their existing customers and drive new customers to the business.

12pm -12.30pm What can your Chamber do for you?

Mary Holland, Membership Network Manager, AGCC
Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce invites you to learn more about how your business can get the most out of Chamber membership. We share practical tips on how you can tap into the Ultimate Business Network.

1pm -1.30pm Opportunity of Youth

Session hosted by Developing the Young Workforce North East Scotland
Over three quarters of employers think school leavers are unprepared for the world of work, but what can employers do to help young people be better prepared?
The Developing the Young Workforce team will be explaining what business can do to support young people and outlining the benefits businesses themselves can gain from working in partnership with education.
Work inspiration, work experience and jobs all play a role in developing the future workforce and the team will be demonstrating how easy it is to set up a partnership with local schools.

2pm - 2.30pm The Rise of Influencer Marketing – Finding a Local Voice

Julie Brander, Account Manager at Weber Shandwick
Fiona Fernie, Membership Network Manager, AGCC (chairperson)
It’s old news that digital has become an essential part of any communications strategy but in a world where consumers are in the driving seat when it comes to choices regarding the media we digest, how do we make ourselves heard?
Influencer marketing has found its place as a proven communications strategy and is now being embraced by more than 60% of brands in the UK. It’s an exciting place to be and there’s much research to show that this growing marketing channel is aiding companies to connect with their consumers.
Julie Brander, account manager at Webber Shandwick, brings a fresh perspective on how Aberdeen companies of all disciplines and sizes can deliver a cost effective yet engaging communications campaign by using local voices through influencer marketing.  

3pm – 3.45pm Doing Business in a digital world 
  Sara Budge, Programme Director, Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband
Representative from Business Gateway
David Foubister, Huntly businessman
Digital connectivity affects our lives in a way that would have seemed unimaginable a decade ago. The Scottish Government has commitment to delivering 100% superfast broadband by 2021, one of the most ambitious infrastructure programmes in Europe. Hear more about how your business can access and benefit from Superfast Broadband fibre technology, and the progress of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme roll-out.

Book to attend and gain access to our unmissable seminars packed with content to boost opportunities for you or your business. 

Why not plan your day at The Ultimate Business Show around pre-arranged meetings?

There is a dedicated networking area where you can arrange a catch-up with a client over a coffee. It’s the perfect way to refuel before making new connections with some of the city and shire’s highest profile businesses.

The Ultimate Business Hamper - win big!
Once again, each exhibitor has donated a prize to be included in the Ultimate Business Hamper. One lucky delegate will be drawn on the day, leaving with a hamper packed with prizes including a team building exercise for 30 people, a premium car for the weekend, prosecco lunch for two, Christmas party nights and many more.

Business Breakfast
The Ultimate Business Show kicks off with one of the Chamber’s renowned business breakfasts

BBC Scotland’s chief operating officer, Alan Dickson and finance business partner, Geraldine McCartney, will talk about how the broadcasting industry has gone through seismic change and how they are turning uncertainty into opportunity to make sure it’s offering remains relevant to existing viewers whilst already being match fit and ready for the next chapter.

Social media, cloud working, crowd sourcing, open innovation, ‘micro payments’ (eg. apps) and free to use services have changed the world of business and we’ve all seen companies have failed to adapt to a changing marketplace and customer priorities. Dr Ian Heywood will explore how two industries – music and banking have been, and are now being transformed, by disruptive innovation.
Attendees will gain immediate access to the Show after the breakfast to visit exhibitors, learn from topical seminars and network with businesses from across the North-east. Be one of the first in the exhibitor hall and book your place at our breakfast here.
Remember to use #TUBS2017 in your tweets and join in on the conversation. 


Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)
Bridge of Don
AB23 8BL
Member Rate: Free Non Member Rate: Free
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