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Brand expert to put his mark on Expo

Working with the Chamber: Craig Harrison

A fun and fast way

to make contacts The Chamber is hosting a speed networking on 3 April at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield, which is free of charge for members (£15 plus VAT for Future Faces and non-members). The event is aimed at those looking to make

Brand strategist Naeem Alvi (pictured) is the first confirmed speaker for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s (GBCC) upcoming Spring Expo. Mr Alvi, who founded the branding firm

Notepad, will be delivering one of three seminars as part of the Spring Expo. Notepad has worked with a number of firms of

all sectors and sizes, including University of Birmingham School, Whisk, Lightbox and Birmingham Hippodrome, working with them on their brand identity, brand and marketing strategy and brand narrative. Previously to Notepad, Mr Alvi worked as a

copywriter, strategist, and creative director, at several leading branding and advertising agencies across London and Birmingham, and also helped to found and launch magazine ‘The Quarterly’. Mr Alvi will lead a seminar named ‘How to

build a great brand without breaking the bank’ at the Spring Expo, which takes place on 29 March at Edgbaston Stadium. The event will attract more than 800 delegates and 100 exhibitors.

Entry to the Expo is free to non-members.

Exhibition stands are now sold out. Sponsorship opportunities for the Expo are

available, for more information email

For more information, book as a delegate or book an exhibition stand visit

Event outlines opportunities

Staffordshire County Council spends around £400m a year on external providers. This includes hiring expertise in a number of

areas, including consultancy, property, facilities manager, construction, service/maintenance, fleet/transport, waste and corporate support services. The council’s commercial team is also authorised to procure on behalf of other partner authorities, which adds a further £100m of opportunities for local businesses.

The council says it is always looking for new

providers and is especially keen to ensure that providers are aware of the opportunities on offer. The kind of opportunities that are currently

available, and how to join the list of suppliers, will be the subject of a special speaker breakfast event that the Chamber is holding with the council at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on 19 March, starting at 8.30am. The event is free for members, and £15 plus VAT for non-members and Future Faces members.

valuable business contacts but have found that there are not enough hours in the day – and this event is fun, fast and effective. This event allows participants to:

• Make new contacts and meet potential customers/suppliers

• Raise the profile of your business • Develop existing business relationships • Share ideas and experiences Networking can be daunting for some,

however delegate feedback suggests that speed networking is a great introduction to it. Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for your pitch and to ensure you maximise the opportunity: • What do you want to get out of the event? • What can your business offer delegates? • What does your business need from other delegates?

• Follow up contacts made at the event • Make sure you bring plenty of business cards Please be aware that only two delegates per

company can attend this event. This event is sponsored by Beeline, a company

established in 1993 and based in the heart of Birmingham. Craig Harrison, general manager, Beeline

Promotional Products Ltd, said: “Having been Chamber members for two very successful years and taking into account our aims for 2019 and beyond, we wanted to focus on increasing awareness of Beeline within Birmingham and the surrounding areas, we felt the best way to do this was to work alongside the Chamber. “The sponsorship of the events we have chosen

have been carefully selected to fit in with our marketing plans for this year and we hope they are the first of many events that we are able to sponsor. We are looking forward to meeting Chamber members and clients both old and new at these events and we look forward to building relationships with as many people as possible.”

March 2019 CHAMBERLINK 41 Your four-page

pull-out guide to recent and forthcoming Chamber Events

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