Welsh business owners and directors enjoyed a rare opportunity to quiz the star of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, and founder of 80’s computing giant Amstrad, Lord Alan Sugar, at the Introbiz Expo last Thursday.
The Expo, Wales’ biggest business event, which took over the Motorpoint Arena for the day, has been running for ten years but this year was undoubtedly the highlight, featuring not only the infamous Lord Sugar in a live lunchtime question-and-answer session, but also US-based property entrepreneur Grant Cardone and former Apprentice winners Mark Wright and Alana Spencer.
Lord Sugar gave his opinions on youngsters starting businesses, offered an insight into what he does to relax and. Most prominently, gave a ten-minute long answer on his thoughts on Brexit, Theresa May’s proposed deal and what his businesses are doing to prepare for March 29th next year, when the UK leaves the European Union (the answer was ‘he doesn’t really know!’).
As well as the world-class speaker line-up, thousands of visitors enjoyed walking round the exhibition floor which was packed full of hundreds of Welsh-based businesses offering innovative products and services.
The owner of Starrd Solutions Ltd., Paul Binning, was delighted with how the day had unfolded.
“It’s been packed from the moment the doors opened at 9am this morning and even at the end as we were packing up the stands there were still people wanting to talk. Having Lord Sugar was a great draw for the event but for me today has been more about making hundreds of connections and learning about different businesses from across South Wales and also a number from Bristol, Bath and further afield.”
Paul, a qualified GDPR Practitioner who, through his association with Tinderbox Business Development, offers services helping businesses understand the new Data Protection Act and products to help protect themselves and their staff from the threat of Cyber Security, had produced an innovative method for capturing the business cards of his new connections, asking people to secure their card to a wire fence using a padlock – an idea which clearly went down well with the visitors,
“I’ve collected more than 100 business cards and whilst there is a magnum of prosecco on offer, I’ve also spoken to the vast majority at some length and it’s really helped me to understand their business.”
For more information on next year’s Expo, which takes place at the same venue on November 14th, 2019, follow @IntrobizExpo on Twitter.