As well as providing a fantastic exhibiting and network opportunities, the day was kicked off by a sell out Breakfast in the Lord Mayor’s reception room with rugby Legends Shane Williams MBE and Ian Gough, where sponsors Celtic Holiday Parks delivered an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presentation.
Not knowing what to expect for the inaugural event, organisers Mark and Bernie Davies were delighted to see the Guildhall full of exhibitors and visitors, with an electric atmosphere and a real buzz of expectation. Here’s a selection of images from what proved to be an exciting day for the region:
The event also offered an opportunity for Start Up finalists to pitch for funding and judges were impressed with the high quality of entrants – the winner will be announced at September’s awards dinner.
Exhibitors also had the chance to hear from keynote speakers including Olympian and motivational speaker Derek Redmond, Leader of council Rob Stewart, Network Leader, Speaker and Business Coach Bernie Davies and Headline Sponsor, MD of Ministry of Furniture Graham Hirst. Seminars were also held throughout the day.
Organisers Mark and Bernie Davies said:
“Following the success we’ve seen in Swansea with TedX and in our regular Introbiz events, we were expecting this sell-out event to be a massive success and it certainly didn’t disappoint – we cannot wait for the next one!”
“The energy and passion for business in Swansea and West Wales is electric, if only we could bottle that and sell it – and we’d also like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support which made the event possible. Feedback from the expo has been overwhelming, our phones haven’t stopped ringing with business owners thanking us for the great connections and business opportunities which were there. The common sentiment is that the venue, the speakers and seminar leaders created an atmosphere that created the ideal networking and business education platform, with many businesses reporting that it has brought in new business opportunities for them.
“We are therefore pleased to announce, that the Guildhall is now the home of Introbiz Swansea and West Wales Expos!”
So, after such a successful event – what’s next for this successful networking group? Quite a bit it seems!
Breakfast Club Networking Event with World Triathlon Para Series and “Super Sam” Holness – Wed 4 May
Introbiz Swansea and West wales and British Triathlon, are jointly hosting a Breakfast Club networking event at The Village Hotel in Swansea on Wednesday 4 May.
Delegates will be able to learn more about the World Triathlon Para Series, hear from competitors and Paralympians and learn more about the event that will be taking place in the city for the first time on Saturday 6 August 2022 – the Swansea and West Wales business community can learn more about how they can engage and even partner with the event.
The event will also be joined by inspirational elite professional Para triathlete Sam Holness (also known as “Super Sam”). The Autistic Ironman Triathlete will share his experience in triathlon and talk about what participating in the event means to him and his sporting journey.
Meet Sam Holness – also known as “Super Sam” The Autistic Ironman Triathlete
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Red Carpet Gala Awards Dinner – 8 September
Join the network for our celebration of 2022 with our Red Carpet Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Village Hotel Swansea 8th September 7.30-11pm
This event celebrates the 2022 year after COVID, and members. visitors, collaborators and Partners are all welcome to attend – and the network has lined up a fantastic evening, with:
- Keynote speaker
- Three course meal
- Bubbly reception
- Red carpet event
- Awards ceremony including start up awards with prize money
The Expo Start Up Business awards winner will be announced, finalists include:
- See No Bounds
- Doolittle Pet Services
- Phoenix Bloom
- Living at Home
- Via Fortuna
In addition, Introbiz Swansea and West Wales will present awards in the following categories:
- Networker of the year
- Male Entrepreneur
- Female Entrepreneur
- Outstanding Achievement Award
- Directors Kindness and Authenticity Award
Tickets are £35 per person and can be bought individually or by table of Ten. Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Mark and Bernie conclude:
“After almost two years of COVID and online meetings, the Swansea and West Wales Introbiz network is now growing from strength to strength and April’s successful expo has set out our intentions for the future. Once again, we have to thank our Partners Swansea Council, Swansea University and our headline sponsors Ministry of Furniture who enabled us to deliver a great business event for Swansea and the South West Wales business community. This is only the beginning – watch this space!”