A BUSINESS expo is back for its third year and will bring together hundreds of businesses from across the south coast.

The Hampshire Business Show will make its return on Thursday, October 20 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

More than 1,000 attendees are set to come along to the event, which is sponsored by Southampton law firm, Paris Smith LLP, Portsmouth marketing agency, Vertical Leap and Oxford-based start-up support business, Oxford Innovation and more.

Hampshire Chronicle: Last year's speaker Karren BradyLast year's speaker Karren Brady

There will be 15 industry-leading speakers from across Hampshire, from a range of industries, including marketing agency owner Jade Scotney and entrepreneur Chris Schutrups, who runs Henderson Pub Co which includes The Hunters Inn in Romsey and the Dolphin Inn in Hursley.

The speakers will share advice and insight in their fields of expertise, allowing attendees to learn new things and grow their businesses.

More than 100 businesses will exhibit at the event, giving business owners and professionals of all backgrounds the opportunity to connect, collaborate and win new business.

The show will be split across two floors, spanning three zones across the two floors – two seminar zones and the keynote stage.

There will also be a headline keynote speaker, which will be revealed later in the year.

Last year saw the UK’s number-one motivational speaker Brad Burton and entrepreneur and TV personality Baroness Karren Brady give talks on the keynote stage.

The show’s founder, Josh Mitchell said: "Last year was the first year post-Covid that the event went ahead, and it was one of the first big business events in the diary after lockdown. We were incredibly pleased with the event and had feedback that the attendees gained a huge amount of value in the way of connecting with others and winning business.

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"This year we’d like to see even more business being passed off the back of the event. Hopefully as a region we can grow the business community even more and continue to boost the economy with the work that we do."

This year, the event’s charity partner is Basingstoke-based charity EBP South, which connects businesses and schools across the central south region.

Sponsorship packages are still available for businesses looking to feature on the show’s merchandise and throughout online marketing activities.

Free tickets for the show can be booked at hampshirebusinessshow.com

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