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    “Bristol’s creative, entrepreneurial spirit and determined regeneration agenda makes it the perfect host for the Business Showcase South West. It will offer a great stage on which to proudly show off everything Bristol has to offer businesses of allshapes and sizes.”

    - George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol

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    “The South-West has a strong reputation for creativity, sustainability, education and enterprise. With the regional economy in ascendancy, it is particularly apt that we should be encouraging and celebrating the region’s innovation”

    - Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England

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    “We are thrilled and proud to be welcoming the Business Showcase to our iconic venue. We’ve worked with the organisers before and this is a major advancement in our Event Services and the first of its kind in Colston Hall’s long history.”

    - Naomi Easy, Colston Hall

Showcasing the best in the south west

The Business Showcase South West 2014 is a major new business event for the whole of the South West of England. We’re celebrating the best in commerce, innovation, creativity, enterprise and sustainability. Speeches, discussions, exhibitors, networking.

The date is Tuesday 8th April 2014, the venue is the historic Colston Hall, Bristol.

Find out more, network, stay in touch with delegates / exhibitors and get up-to-date info and invites by registering your interest (tab to the right of page) and joining with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


As a unifying business event for the region, BSSW 2014 is a rare opportunity to create and leave a strong impression of your brand with focussed victors, all of whom are potential customers – as well as connect with other exhibitors.
Perhaps most importantly: face-to-face.

By aligning yourself with the most dynamic and indeed, only regional complete business event, you will gain a competitive edge by improving your company’s prestige and exposure. BSSW 2014 is aiming for thousands of delegates and up to 82 exhibitors exlcuding the larger Sponsor displays.

There are 207,000 companies in the region and a limited number of exhibition spaces. Raise yourself above all others before, during and post event. Exhibiting at BSSW 2014 speaks volumes, loudly.

Your products and services are waiting to be showcased. Book early to avoid missing this excellent, great-value marketing opportunity.

Benefits of Exhibiting

  • Face-to-face connecting with thousands of potential customers, press and business leaders
  • Connect with (and quickly qualify) potential prospects
  • Show off new products or launch new services
  • Association with a prestigious, regional business event
  • Complimentary VIP tickets to network with attendees and other exhibitors at the exclusive Only Connect evening business/social event – the 24th of it’s kind, in Association with Business West

Exhibition Layout

Business Showcase South West are taking full advantage of Colston hall, ensuring exhibitors are spread throughout the iconic venue and that everyone will receive a steady flow of business delegates through the day. As well as the multi-level Gold Foyer the Showcase will also make use of Hall 2 and the main auditorium as well as the bar and restaurant facilities available.

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Map of the Venue

Please click on the links below to see the individual floorplans for each section:

Hall 2

To view a virtual walkthrough of the venue, please click here.

Your Exhibition Space

Showcase exhibitors will be provided with a display area 2.75 wide by 1.5m deep, sized so that you may bring roller banners or a standard pop-up display.

Included with each space is an optional table with one or two chairs and one 13amp socket with 1000w supply. Please ensure that you select the options you require when making your booking.

Wi-Fi is also provided at no extra charge. The password for this will be available from the ‘Wi-Fi’ Sponsor’s Display located in the venue. There will be two locations.

Please note, by booking to attend this event, you are agreeing to be positioned in the best space available as deemed appropriate by the organisers

Exhibition Zones

Start-Up Zone

The BSSW Start-up Zone will provide a dedicated showcase for South West companies less than 2 years old. With a dedicated area in Hall 2, this will be the place to meet and do business with a select group of the freshest businesses in the region.

To secure your place in what will be one of the busiest areas of the show, be sure to select the Start-up Zone when making your booking.

Sustainability Zone

Whichever industry you are in, sustainability is key to success and business growth. The BSSW Sustainability Zone will provide practical support for your business; showcasing companies that can help reduce your carbon footprint while increasing profits.

With Bristol winning European Green Capital 2015 the sustainability zone will be a key feature of the showcase. Spaces in the Zone are limited and preference will be given to early bookings.

Promotional and Branding Options

Permission to distribute leaflets

Allows your company to distribute leaflets and marketing materials away from your exhibition space. This will be strictly limited to 10 companies and will include distribution to delegates as they leave the main presentations, a great way to increase your presence at the event.

Half page / Quarter page ad in the showcase e-brochure

Ensure your company is in delegates’ minds before, during and after the showcase with an advertisement in the official e-brochure. The brochure will include full programme and exhibition listings and will be the go-to resource for business delegates at the event.

Lanyard Branding

Your Company Name and Logo printed on the delegate lanyards. These are given to every delegate on arrival at the event. Lanyards will include your company name and logo in colour on one side. Please note that some logos may not be appropriate. Please contact us if in doubt. Limited to two companies only.

Wi Fi Sponsorship

Become the guardians to the venue-wide wi-fi. As Wi-Fi network sponsor visitors are required to visit your exhibition space to obtain the network password. A great opportunity to drive delegates to your exhibition space. Limited to two companies only.


Sponsorship is at the very core of Business Showcase South West 2014. Indeed it makes the event possible. As a unifying business event for the region, this is a rare and unique opportunity to create and leave a strong impression of your brand.

The region is the largest in England; it’s one of the key economies and a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and business excellence. The SW has one of the highest employment rates and is responsible for almost 8 per cent of the UK’s gross value added.

This Showcase is a celebration of the SW. Put your stamp on the event, in the region’s mind and join us.

Sponsorship Packages

Are you interested in sponsoring us?

There are several exceptional Sponsorship positions available for this major regional business event.

If you would like to find out about this opportunity to promote your business or organisation, please contact our team at:

T: 0844 847 8686
E: sponsor@showcase2014.com

Alternatively, fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Sponsorship Case Studies


Tickets for the day event will be free. These are not available to book yet but register your interest using the form to the right to be the first to know.


Day Event

The Event

The Business Showcase South West 2014 is a major business event that celebrates innovation, business, creativity and sustainability in the region. The genesis however is the foundation of Only Connect in early 2008. Only Connect has become one of the largest open networking events in the UK welcoming over 500 guests on each occasion.

Inspired by Bristol’s recent winning of the European Green Capital Award for 2015, BSSW builds on the resounding success of 22 Signature Events, and many smaller seminars. Now, for one of the first times, a business show has been forged to encompass the whole region; and the 200,000+ companies within – to bring the excitement of business success to one of the great cities of the world – Bristol.

BSSW 2014 features multiple zones for businesses to present and promote their products and services and we invite start-ups and SMEs as well as the largest companies to participate. There will be speeches of note in Hall 1 during the event. Better still, the day event will remain resolutely FREE for attendees including the keynotes.

In addition to this, the CEOs of the region’s Top 500 companies are invited to a special drinks event in the early evening and there will be a special Only Connect networking event, in Association With Business West, to round off what promises to be one of THE business events of the year.

Our chosen venue is Colston Hall. Only Connect was selected in 2012 to host their first large business event, with the full use of the new Gold Foyer. Once again, we are invited to host their first large business show – an exciting new development for the region and a spotlight on a fantastic new exhibition space with all the benefits of an ultra-central location, parking, and the full exploitation of the 2000+ seated capacity Hall 1 and Hall 2.

Lastly, BSSW 2014 is an environmentally conscious event, avoiding wastage by utilising new technology – a factor in working with Colston Hall – with their architecturally important foyer and award-winning green credentials.

Location / Getting Here

Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR

By Foot
Colston Hall is on Colston Street, off the city centre promenade. We are ten minutes walk from the Broadmead shopping area, situated behind Colston Tower.

By train
Temple Meads, the nearest station, is about one mile from Colston Hall. Buses 8 and 9 run directly run directly to the city centre promenade. For further info about train times please call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 59 50 (24 hrs)

By Bus
Most buses to the city centre stop at the promenade, where we recommend you alight for Colston Hall. We are situated on Colston Street, behind Colston Tower. For further bus enquiries please call First Cityline on 0845 602 0156 (8am-8pm)

By Car
Via M5: Exit junction 18, follow A4 (Portway) to the centre. At the promenade (St Augustine’s Parade) turn left into Colston Street.

Via M4: Exit junction 19 (M32). Follow signs to Clifton. For dropping-off / picking-up turn into Colston Street, which is the first left after the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI).

Look out for the brown signs directing you to Colston Hall.

Please bear in mind that Colston Steet is only accessible in one direction from the city centre promenade – when driving either from Park Street/Anchor Road toward the M32.


t: 0844 847 8686
e: info@showcase2014.com

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