The Programme

Working to the format of a festival, our line up comprises;

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“Business Insights has firmly established itself as an important fixture in the business calendar. Started in the difficult business climate of 2020, businesses and business organisations have found a place to come together to share ideas, expertise and support and to network in a friendly, positive and productive way. It stands to become a vital component of the global business community being such a vibrant and exciting place to do business. Long may it continue.”

Sam Holliday
Development Manager,
Federation of Small Businesses

Our Festival Line up

Working to the format of a festival, our line up comprises LIVEstream content, LIVEtalk discussions, LIVEtalk Forums, and our festival fringe events.

“I’ve taken part in Festival of Business and Innovation projects from the County Business Shows team over many years – as a delegate, an exhibitor a sponsor and as a strategic partner. Every time they throw up new opportunities, shape different thinking and at the same time provide opportunities to re-connect with colleagues and meet new contacts. The projects are fun, interesting, and thought provoking. They drive home the need to be part of a larger business community – wherever that is.”

Tom Beasley
CEO, Active Gloucestershire

Welcome to Business Insights, a project owned by County Business Shows Ltd and developed when the team was challenged to build an online festival project during the Covid disruption in 2020. The first Business Insights was held in June 2020, it quickly acquired an international focus with supportive partners across the globe. An international Micro and SME business network was added in September 2020, the event became an international and online addition to our live location festivals and has been gaining momentum ever since.

Understanding the Business Community

Worldwide, best estimations say that there are about 300 million entrepreneurs running about 150 million businesses. In 2019 Global GDP was around $142 trillion.

The Current global population is estimated to have reached 7,800,000,000 people as of March 2020. It took over 2 million years of human history for the world’s population to reach 1 billion, and only 200 years more to reach 7 billion. The global median age has increased from 21.5 years in 1970 to over 30 years in 2019. The global population breakdown by age shows that a quarter (26%) are younger than 14 years, 8% are older than 65, while half of the world population is the working age bracket between 25 and 65. There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states. There are 10,000 cities on planet earth. Half of which didn’t Exist 40 Years Ago according to The European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Worldwide, best estimations say that there are about 300 million entrepreneurs running about 150 million businesses. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies, particularly in developing countries. SMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. They represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. These numbers are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included. In 2019, global GDP amounted to about 142 trillion international dollars. Gross domestic product, also known as GDP, is the accumulated value of all finished goods and services produced in a country, often measured annually.

As of 2019, according to the world bank, the estimated average GDP per capita (PPP) of all of the countries of the world is $16,539, with: Monaco at $ 186,741 USA at $ 65,281 UK at $ 42,300 Burundi at $ 261

A Festival of Business and Innovation

Business Insights is an online festival. Our model embraces a wide range of topical issues each year and we will offer our audience more choice than they can fulfil. From our online exhibition, through to the wide-ranging content, we invite you to choose what is right for you, spend time building relationships, be inspired by new ideas and thoughts and come back next time and tell us how it went! It’s all presented by a collaboration of businesses and business leaders with ideas, thinking and discussion that will help businesses anywhere to build relationships, understand more about doing better business and to start addressing some of the real challenges faced by businesses – whether ion an individual level, across regions and nations, or on a truly global basis. The festival offers speakers, panel discussions and forums. As well as informing and learning, it creates discussion in the areas most challenging to today’s business communities. By engaging our audiences, our aim is to inform and create a momentum that will contribute to building a vibrant and engaged business community wherever you are and allow you to reach out and engage other business communities in joined up thinking. We believe passionately in collaboration and innovation. We embrace challenging thinking and our aim is to create a space for new ideas and relationships that will lead to innovation, communication, business development and transactions.

People do Business with people

People do business with people; they work with businesses they understand and they buy the products and services they trust. Business built on strong relationships will have a greater value, it will lead to more repeat business from loyal clients and be far more efficient to manage. That will create more capacity in your business to innovate, develop more business opportunity and grow. Why does the show span two days? With a broad festival programme, so much to engage with and a diverse collection of businesses exhibiting, we believe you will need the time to find the programme items that will matter for your business, to meet and understand the exhibitors and to take time to meet new contacts and develop existing ones. It all leads to better, deeper and higher quality business development.

“I’ve taken part in Festival of Business and Innovation projects from the County Business Shows team over many years – as a delegate, an exhibitor a sponsor and as a strategic partner. Every time they throw up new opportunities, shape different thinking and at the same time provide opportunities to re-connect with colleagues and meet new contacts. The projects are fun, interesting, and thought provoking. They drive home the need to be part of a larger business community – wherever that is.”

Tom Beasley CEO, Active Gloucestershire

“Business Insights has firmly established itself as an important fixture in the business calendar. Started in the difficult business climate of 2020, businesses and business organisations have found a place to come together to share ideas, expertise and support and to network in a friendly, positive and productive way. It stands to become a vital component of the global business community being such a vibrant and exciting place to do business. Long may it continue.”

Sam Holliday Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses

Building Business

From pre-start up ideas to small, medium and large businesses, to corporate and multi-national organisations, we provide engaging and supporting ideas and experts to help you grow your business. Every business and its management teamconstantly juggle the dilemmas and opportunities that form the path to growth. We look to cover many of these in our festival line up with 25 different subject threads covering the different areas of business. We work with a lead collaborating partner business and a number of content partner businesses working with us on each. We work with business and strategic leaders, training providers and professional bodies from all over the world to develop content that addresses current and future issues that impact all sizes of business. Business Insights works across different digital formats to deliver each of our festivals. LIVEstream content is taken live from partner venues, or one of our live location show projects and broadcasts presentations, panel discussions and interactive content in real time over each of the twoday projects. LIVEtalk Forums present key sectors in a boardroom table style discussion on a pre-prepared agenda on a video conference platform LIVEtalkDiscussion presents a key subject based discussion with invited guests and publicly booked seats in a chaired discussion on a video conference platform.

Building a Community

Communities don’t just happen, they are created over time through infrastructure, relationships and oversight. We believe that the global business community has an exciting and diverse set of opportunities to grow and to support new, innovative businesses as it reaches out beyond the local, regional & national trading environment in which a single business is based. By understanding wider business communities better, we can create employment, attract talent and produce a healthier, wider community across our regional nationally and internationally. It’s an objective worth working for.

“Working with the County Business Shows Team as sector lead, curating the visitor economy subject thread, I’m really looking forward to seeing Business Insights grow to connect like-minded businesses, wherever they are in the world. The visitor economy is a critical part of any Town, City, region or nation if we have a tool to project our own places and hear about others, then it’s very important addition to the business world on a global basis”

Steve Gardner-Collins Sales Director, The Hatton Collection Director, Visit Gloucestershire

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