BUSINESS NORTH WEST 2012 is delighted and proud to be working with the following organisations, associations and media to ensure that the exhibition gets the maximum exposure it deserves. Below is a list of our supporters and how we are working with them for 2012.



With over 300 vibrant breakfast groups across the UK and Australia and 54,000 members, online and face to face, 4Networking is a business community that helps you get business appointments. Attend a 4Networking breakfast meeting, and network within our relaxed, informal, yet structured meeting format for efficient and effective use of your business time.

4 facts about 4N: We are number 1 in Google for "Business Networking." We are the largest joined up breakfast network in the UK. You can have 3 x 10 minute 1-2-1 business appointments at each meeting. You can network up to 4 times each week.


Angels Den

Angels Den exists to help entrepreneurs and SME owners get the investment they need to take their businesses into high growth.

Their model of low upfront fees means that their success is based on the success of businesses getting funded by business Angels (High Net Worth Individuals) both in the UK and around the world.  TV programmes like Dragons’ Den have promoted the concept, and they believe this has raised greater awareness of Angel funding, the process can be painless, quick and empowering to entrepreneurs.


Business Link Northwest

Business Link is an easy-to-use business support, advice and information service funded by government and managed in the North West by the Northwest Regional Development Agency. Business Link is dedicated to helping businesses develop and progress by ensuring access to quick and easy advice, information and skills needed to succeed from the broadest range of private, public and voluntary business support services.

British SME

British SME is the unique news and feature-led publication dedicated to providing financial information for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Whatever your business, getting your finances right is vital.

Independent and unbiased, British SME focuses on all financial matters that affect SMEs; insurance, taxation, commercial property, banking, finance, technology, utilities, business services, investment and regulation. It highlights areas where businesses can save money or improve their services by using or changing financial services, points to less well-known sources of products and explains how various products work and how to decide whether they are right for the readers’ specific businesses.

Visit to request a complimentary subscription to the magazine for 12 months. Download the British SME App for free from the iTunes store.


The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

The Chartered Institute of Marketing will be running a series of marketing clinics at the show, these will be one-on-one sessions for visitors with CIM advisors. If you need help and advice on your organisation's marketing strategy then this is your opportunity to meet the experts and get your questions answered. Register for easyFairs Business North West today and book your clinic. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has 1000 members who benefit from a bespoke range of products and services. The Chamber provides business support services into the wider business community, with specific emphasis on gaining new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs. Guidance is given by experienced practitioners on how to be more competitive at home and overseas, and extensive training is offered.


Excel Publishing

Excel Publishing Company Limited is a leading business to business publisher providing a wide ranging portfolio of professional products for the business community regionally, nationally and internationally.  As the largest independent publisher in the North of England, Excel also has the ability to react quickly to industry changes across a broad spectrum of sectors, creating innovative products that meet our readers' and customers' needs.


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the largest direct member business organisation and campaigning pressure group in the UK, with over 200,000 members representing over a million people. It exists to promote the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. It offers assistance and support 24/7, whilst its lobbying activity applies pressure on MPs, Government, Whitehall and in the EU and puts the FSB viewpoint over to the media. The FSB is a non-profit making, non-party political and member-led. Whatever your business - join the FSB.


Forward Ladies

Forward Ladies in the North of England's largest women's business support organisation, working with more than 13,500 professional women, to empower them in their business and professional lives.

Our members are from all sectors, all ages and at all stages of their careers, from long established independent business women and micro businesses to high ranking decision makers at international corporate organisations.

Originally set up by the Regional Development Agency, Forward Ladies now runs more than 350 events a year ranging from international and trade missions, training and development workshops, webinars, business breaks and networking evenings.


Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber in the UK. We have over 5,200 businesses in membership representing more than 350,000 employees, a third of the total workforce of Greater Manchester. We work to create a better business environment for our members, articulating their views and needs, whatever their size, sector or location. As well as offering a huge range of member services and tangible benefits, we influence key decision-makers in local and central government. They regularly consult us for feedback from the business community when setting policy locally and nationally. We are one of 54 accredited Chambers of Commerce in the UK, part of the worldwide Chamber of Commerce network and a member of the British Chambers of Commerce.


Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors is Europe’s largest membership organisation for business leaders. Established in 1903, the IoD has been representing senior level professionals since their Royal Charter in 1906, earning them their trusted reputation as the business network for leadership.


Manchester City Council

As a leading local authority, it is Manchester City Council’s goal to help local businesses to thrive and prosper. Manchester has been at the forefront of economic development at many stages in history, and it refuses to accept obstacles to prosperity, instead Manchester City Council apply creative ideas to innovate and regenerate through investing in high quality infrastructure, business support strategies and our local communities.


Manchester Evening News

MEN Business is by far the biggest and most prestigious business related publication in the North West with a minimum of three pages of business news every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Each Tuesday, MEN publish a supplement featuring up to the minute business news. The supplement carries reader interactive polls and surveys such as “Manchester’s Greatest Industrialist” and regular corporate reviews covering topics such as Employment Law, The Fastest Growing Companies and Corporate Finance.


Manchester Professionals

Manchester Professionals is a search portal for identifying qualified professional service providers in Greater Manchester. The network comprises 1700 local professionals and attracts 300,000 hits per month that visit to identify suitable professional service providers. The website also serves as a networking tool for local professionals to establish useful contacts and referral sources. Professional service providers range across an expanding set of 30 categories, ranging between accountants, solicitors, business consultants, estate agents, HR Consultants, surveyors, IT consultants and financial advisers.


News International

News International publishes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. In terms of growth, share, circulation and reader engagement, the Company's titles are among the world's most successful. Newsprinters prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state of the art printing plants.

Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement and The News International group has an investment in fashion website In 2007, News International became the UK's first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets. is the region's fastest growing business media. Free to use and with nearly 40,000 registered users in the North West, is the essential daily source for news and data for the business community. First-to-market and with its fingers on the pulse of the region's key sector issues, the websites attract 120,000+ visitors a month who read more than 230,000 pages.


The Pitch 2012

The Pitch, in partnership with, invites entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas and pitch to a panel of experts for the chance to win £50,000 worth of business support.  Eighty entrepreneurs will be selected from across the UK to compete at 'The Pitch Live', a two-day event in Liverpool where four winners and 16 wild card contestants (who will compete for votes online) will be selected to go through to the Grand Final in London in November.

If you’re an entrepreneur with an idea that the world needs to hear about, The Pitch 2012 is the competition for you! Enter now.


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