Liverpool trade show searches for north-west’s best entrepreneur

Paul Askew Denise Harris Chris McKenna barcode expo

A search has been launched to find the north-west’s brightest new entrepreneur supplying Britain’s bars, restaurants and cafés.

As well as the publicity from winning the title, the enterprising new business will be able to join a host of national businesses exhibiting at Barcode Expo, the new trade show in Liverpool.

It will give them the opportunity to network with prospective customers, meet key decision makers and raise their profile in the north-west.

Barcode Expo takes place in Camp & Furnace in Liverpool’s Baltic Quarter on October 13, featuring exhibitors such as Maxxium UK, Fentimans, Costco, Molson Coors and Freedom Brewery. It is aimed at people who run and work in bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés.

The judging panel for the competition will include top chef Paul Askew (pictured left), former director of the Hope Street Hotel and London Carriage Works restaurant in Liverpool and the talent behind the city’s acclaimed restaurant The Art School.

Also on the panel will be Denise Harris (pictured), director of Barcode Expo and The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Frank McKenna, chief executive of private sector lobbying group and networking club Downtown in Business, and Chris McKennna (pictured), head of events at Downtown in Business.

The judges will assess entries on originality, quality and likely demand in the hospitality industry.
To be eligible to enter, businesses must have been operational for no more than two years, have a turnover of less than £100,000, and supply services or products that would be of interest to the hospitality industry such as food, drink, interior design and glassware. They will need to be available on October 13.

To enter the competition, businesses should visit and submit their entry by September 22.

Denise said: “There’s such a wealth of entrepreneurial talent in the north-west, and we felt that the expo would be the perfect place to showcase one of the many up-and-coming businesses in the region.

“If new businesses are to survive and thrive, they need to ensure they win the right customers, and trade events like Barcode Expo are a really effective way of meeting the people you’d like to do business with and demonstrating just why they should be working with you.

“The winner of this competition will be given the chance to mingle with some of the key buyers and decision makers in the industry, giving their business a boost at a crucial stage. We can’t wait to see what sort of entries are put forward.”

For details about exhibiting at Barcode Expo, contact SK Events and PR on 0151 432 5652. To register for free entry to attend Barcode Expo, click here.

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