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Whether you’re an established business owner or plan to make this year your entry into entrepreneurialism, staying up-to-date with the latest business developments is key to success. Attending conferences and events is also a great way to network with other like-minded people and showcase your most valuable asset – your business.

To help give you a head start, we’ve compiled a list of 10 business events across the UK that you won’t want to miss in 2018.

  1.    Marketing Week Live

When: 7-8 March 2018

Where: Olympia, London

Regardless of how phenomenal your business model or idea may be, a proper marketing strategy is crucial to give it the traction it needs. Most of us don’t have a degree in marketing, however; which is where Marketing Week Live comes in.

The two-day conference will have sessions covering everything from the basics (like brand identity and storytelling) through to more advanced concepts (like customer segmentation, AI and chatbots). So, regardless of your level of marketing expertise, you’re sure to learn something valuable.

  1.    Game Changers Live 2018

When: 22 March 2018

Where: Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham

Game Changers Live in Nottingham is touted as being about what’s “really making a difference in real businesses”, which means no jargon, no business “gurus”, and no far-fetched success stories.

During the day, you’ll learn about actionable habits and systems that will help you be more productive and maximise your time, as well as the craft of finding new customers and scaling business sustainably.

  1.    Thinking Digital 2018

When: 16-17 May 2018

Where: Sage Gateshead, Newcastle

Thinking Digital is a yearly conference where some of the world’s leading businesspeople, thinkers, and innovators come together to discuss the latest ideas and technologies in the digital space.

This year’s conference will also be accompanied by the 7th annual Thinking Digital Start-Up Competition, where 10 great startups will be selected to pitch for the chance to win “fame, glory and prizes”. Who could say no to that?

  1.    The Business Show 2018

When: 16-17 May 2018

Where: ExCel, London

Leading into its 18th year, The Business Show is one of the biggest business conferences and expos in the UK, hosting a whopping 25,000 businesses.

As an attendee, you can listen to some of the best and brightest talents across a range of industries talk about all things business, or you can book a stand to showcase your wares on the day. And the bonus? It’s completely free to attend!

  1.    FT UK Business Conference

When: 24 May 2018

Where: The Principal Hotel, Manchester

This year’s inaugural FT UK Business Conference is looking to make an impressive debut, with global and UK executive leaders coming together to discuss British business in a post-Brexit environment.

Topics of discussion will include innovation, talent, trade, growth, and technology, among others, as well as strategies and key focus areas to maintain and grow a successful business.

  1.    You Are The Media

When: 24 May 2018

Where: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth

You Are The Media’s mantra is that profit generation and revenue rely on nurturing and building a loyal audience through great content. As they say: “If you can support your community with phenomenal content that aligns with what you believe in, you have a foundation to build on.”

On the day, you’ll be able to learn about how different aspects of community-building work, as well as how to nurture different marketing channels (website, social media, email etc.) to suit your brand.

  1.    2018 Startup Grind Europe Conference

When: 13 June 2018

Where: Central Hall Westminster, London

Most successful business owners will tell you that prolonged growth is all about keeping your eye on the next big thing.

At the 2018 Startup Grind Europe Conference, more than 75 speakers will be in attendance to talk about the future of the startup economy. The program is set to include insightful keynotes, educational workshops, and Q&As about hotly discussed topics like Blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and advancements in the FinTech space.

  1.    eCommerce Expo

When: 26-27 September 2018

Where: Olympia, London

The e-commerce landscape is rapidly evolving, as any business owner that sells online knows all too well.

London’s e-Commerce Expo is designed to deliver “the now, the new and the not-yet of e-commerce technology, ideas, techniques and inspiration”. If you’re an e-commerce merchant, that means learning about practical solutions and technologies you can employ to stay ahead of the curve in a constantly changing landscape.

  1.    Startup Summit

When: 31 October 2018

Where: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Startup Summit was created by entrepreneurs to give people the tools they need to establish and grow their own businesses and meet like-minded people.

This year, the summit will bring together representatives from international startups, investors, corporate and media figures to offer advice on everything from mentoring and investment to customer acquisition and media exposure.

  1. Youpreneur Summit

When: 3-5 November

Where: Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London

The Youpreneur Summit focuses on three main principles: building, marketing and monetising.

No matter what your level of expertise may be, at this summit, you’ll be given skills and tactics to build a powerful, profitable business. That means learning about every stage of the business growth cycle and being able to share ideas and get feedback from business experts during daily “mastermind sessions”.

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