The Devon Business Expo 2015 is at the Matford Centre on April 30th .   

The event, which is organised by thebestof Exeter and is possibly the largest business to business exhibition in the South West, is selling out fast with only a few stands remaining. Delegates can attend free, but are asked to pre register at www.devonbusinessexpo.co.uk and registrations have now exceeded 500, with around 1000 people expected on the day. Those who simply turn up on the day will be asked to make a £5 donation to the Expo’s chosen charity FORCE Cancer Charity.

For those who want to make connections there will be two speed networking sessions. There is also an impressive programme of seminars by The Expo’s sponsors and media partners including Petroc, Basepoint Business Centre, Securitas, Radio Exe, the Express and Echo and Devon Life. More seminars are also being lined up, and you will be able to learn all about Auto Enrolment.

Each week in the run up to the Expo we bring you the latest news on the event and the sponsors.

Headline sponsors Petroc are offering free training opportunities for the Hinkley C project.

Businesses who employ up to 249 people and are based in the South West (with the exclusion of Cornwall) may be able to secure free training, relevant to the Hinkley C project, for their employees who are aged 19 and above and who work more than eight hours a week.

Petroc has received funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to support small and medium employers to re-skill and up skill their workforce in preparation for the Hinkley Point C development, as part of the Skills Fund for Hinkley project.

The Hinkley Point C development, led by EDF Energy, will be one of the UK’s largest engineering projects, employing 5,600 people at peak and providing a huge boost to regional economic activity during the construction process. When operating, the nuclear power station will provide electricity to around five million homes.

The ESF funding will create opportunities for training for those in construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services and support roles.

The training is also available to people who are self-employed, providing they meet the eligibility criteria in respect of location, and the number of hours a week they work.

To find out more about training opportunities at Petroc visit www.petroc.ac.uk/hinkley-point-c

Basepoint Business Centre, Exeter is back this year as a supporting sponsor. Basepoint specialises in the development and operation of flexible business, innovation and enterprise centres. These centres provide comprehensive accommodation and support infrastructure packages to new and early-stage businesses within a supportive and secure environment. Basepoint offers a variety of benefits to its licensees including an easy-in easy-out licence agreement, quality managed services, meeting rooms, free parking, training and development services and a business portal. Each centre also hosts regular free networking events (“The Networking Hub”) for licensees and the wider business community, to encourage and nurture business growth in the local area.

Basepoint Exeter now offers virtual offices for those who need an Exeter business address and phone number without actually wanting an office. Centre Manager John Ashment will be happy to tell you more if you call him on 01392 308 278 or visit the website www.basepoint.co.uk.

For more information about the Expo call 01392 349135 or email exeter.office@thebestof.co.uk.