Oct 29 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
ENTREPRENEURS picked up hints and tips at a business event designed to boost custom for existing firms and encourage people to set up on their own.
Hundreds of company bosses and self-employed workers attended the first Harrow Means Business Expo, where visitors could network, listen to talks from experts about marketing and attracting clients, and pick up valuable literature.
Nishma Shah, who runs a vegan catering firm called Shambhu’s, said: “I came to the event mainly to get advice, particularly around using social media for my business, so the social media talk was very useful.”
Entrepreneur and motivation expert Steve Clarke gave the keynote speech while social media guru and BBC commentator Matt Hodkinson spoke about using social media to grow and advance business.
Judith Saunders, who runs a motivational speaking business in Edgware, said: “I’m really happy that an event like this has been run locally. The presentations and speakers have been very interesting and insightful.”
The free full-day expo was organised by Harrow Council, the Federation of Small Businesses, and Harrow in Business, on Monday at Harrow Civic Centre. Attendees were invited to ask business questions of a panel made up of experts and Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, Councillor Keith Ferry, and Harrow MPs Gareth Thomas and Bob Blackman.
Mr Ferry said afterwards: “We are doing everything we can to stimulate the local economy by providing the guidance to budding entrepreneurs to take that first step and start up their own businesses.”