Barnet Business Expo
"Bringing back community spirit and helping people thrive so that local businesses and entrepreneurs can get local support has been a really rewarding accomplishment."
Where it all started
Growing up, I was surrounded by people who had their own companies, so I’ve always been keen to work for myself and create my own business. Throughout my working life, I have had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of experience in a range of different fields, from beauty to food to cars. I began to realise that my passion, no matter what field I was involved with, was to help other people and offer my experience to them.
This awareness led to the creation of my current work, organising a range of exhibitions, including the Barnet Business Expo and Hendon Health and Wellness Expo. These exhibitions provide a day for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and the resident community to network and explore the future of local business.
In addition, I also help set-up business workshops for a range of bigger companies, such as Google Digital Garage and NatWest Bank and I organise multiple business support groups, including Barnet Repair Cafe and Christmas Gift Bank. By marketing and promoting these groups, I am able to increase the awareness and attendance numbers, furthermore, I can encourage further networking among attendees and grow support for future local events.
Organising expos and workshops in my local community and abroad.
Building a platform for start-ups, small businesses and established businesses to help them support each other.
I’ve found a range of benefits that have arisen from running my own business. Being my own boss means that I have a much better work and home life balance. I am able to have a greater degree of flexibility and ensure I can spend quality time with my family.
Working with local businesses means I am playing a part in promoting the local economy and this, in turn, leads to the creation of more jobs.
Meeting new people is where I thrive, so I love knowing that my job allows me to help other people.
Covid halted many plans that I had for the business, so going forwards, I will be continuing to organise the exhibitions which were postponed. I am keen to expand the number of exhibitions that I run each year.
I would also like to create a Barnet Business Expo YouTube channel to showcase various businesses within the community to present their stories and journey to a wider audience.
Make money doing what you love.
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