Conference Programme


Stand Exhibition


Expert Seminars


Corporate Box




Exhibition with 55 stands that reflect the vibrant Kirklees business landscape. This designed exhibition will include sections categorised as business support, buyers, construction & manufacturing, creative & digital, new entrepreneurs, professional services, skills & recruitment and technology & innovation.

9.00am – 2.30pm
Revell Ward Suite, Level 3.


9.00am – 2.00pm
The John Smith’s Suite, Level 2.
9.00-9.50am. How PR and Social Media can generate new business.

Seminar delivered by Janet Bebb, Managing Director of Social Progress and Kate Betts, Managing Director of Capital B Media. Full session content TBA.

10.00-10.50am. How to write winning bids and efficiently manage tenders

Sarah Shafiei-Shabet, Senior Bid Manager, Onto The Page

The public sector spends £200bn via procurement every year – 25% with SMEs, with billions spent on private sector contracts too through formal tender processes. Successful tendering will secure new clients and contracts for your business, in addition to providing competitor information and feedback that will drive business improvement.

This session, delivered by expert bid manager Sarah Shafiei Sabet will provide you with the skills to successfully navigate the tender process and create winning content which will put you ahead of your competition.

Sarah is a highly experience bid writer, with over five years of experience in managing and writing bids to the public and private sector. Sarah really enjoys helping SMEs get ‘bid ready’ and improve their win rate; she regularly delivers workshops and training sessions that simplify the bid process and provides usable, relevant information. She’s helped 100’s of companies improve their tendering skills, and regularly delivers training sessions on behalf of several Chambers and Growth Hubs across the North.

Onto the Page help Yorkshire businesses win work through proposals or tendering, our win rate is over 85%.

11.00-11.50am. Funding for SME growth. 

Full session content and speakers TBA.

1.00-2.00pm. Keynote Speaker – TBA

Corporate Box Takeovers

9.00am – 2.30pm
Corporate Boxes, Level 2.

Box 1 Available

Box 2 Available

Box 3 Available

Box 4 Available


Early Birds Networking

Legends Café Bar


Director’s Lunch

Boardroom, Level 2.

Director level employees only

Guest Speaker TBA

Post-Conference Drinks

From 2.30pm
Rope Walk (next to the Odeon)