The Clarendon Suites looking for Business Growth by putting on a right good show.

Today we paid a visit to the Business Growth Show which was held for the first time at ‘The Clarendon Suites’ just off the Hagley Road Birmingham.


The event was very well attended with early indications showing that a reported 300 plus attendees physically turned up from the 500 or so that actually said they were going to attend.


The Clarendon Suites boasts “that it is the perfect Birmingham venue for every occasion” which is something that you may initially take with a pinch of salt – but once you have looked around its interior and identified what it is that it has to offer, you will undoubtedly be amazed how something of such a calibre is literally on the door step of Birmingham City Centre without City Centre prices and with ease of access and free parking for up to 250 vehicles to hoot.


Diane Hepworth the General Manager of the Clarendon Suites very kindly took us around the conferencing venue and went to great lengths to explain to us about the venue but also what the staff and Diane herself can do to assist both local and national businesses with the hosting of any of their business exhibitions, training sessions, workshops, receptions, special events and conferences ...the list is quite endless.


The Business Growth Show exhibition itself had 49 exhibitors who were all seemingly happy with the way things went for them on the day ranging from the venue, the attendee’s, right through to the catering such as 3663 Food Services who provided the food and CVS (Complete Vending Services) who supplied the drinks.


During the exhibition we had a brief chat with its director Mark Linton who explained how happy he was with the way the whole Business Growth Show franchise model was going and that after a long hard slog like many businesses the name is getting out there and that things are finally happening.


In fact talks with some of the exhibitors such as Paul Spicer from LNP Sound and Sarah Preece from Professional Call Minders sang the praises of the Business Growth Show saying how it has helped them gain a wider awareness and customer base than they perhaps would otherwise have had - both said that so far this year they had each done 8 Business Growth Shows up and down the country, and their booked on to do more.


We did have talks and introductions with other companies during the visit such as Paul Wright from Wright Solutions which is a Training, HR and Recruitment Company. Also we spoke to Clover Green who is a Business Development Adviser for Birmingham Metropolitan College who explained that currently there are favourable terms and rates by way of grants for local businesses to take on board apprentices to help with the business.


The Birmingham Business Growth Show has over the years organised a number of exhibitions at various venues throughout Birmingham such as Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham City Football Club, and the Centennial Centre – as with the other times today’s event seemed to be a hit with the exhibitors and the attendees with a real positive vibe in the room.


We would suggest that if you are considering holding an event no matter how big or small that you may wish to consider the Clarendon Suites allowing Diane Hepworth to explain more and give you a guided tour.


Being able to connect with a good venue is most of the battle, once that’s done it’s all up to you.