Who Are We
The South Glos Expo is the brainchild of Esther James and Lou Elliott, two local entrepreneurs excited by the potential of the local business community.
In 2016, the duo decided the area deserved its own dedicated event for sharing best practice and building new connections, and decided to launch the Expo as a business exhibition with a difference. Read on below to meet the small business experts behind the ambitious event, who will be on hand to answer your questions during the event itself.
Esther James, founder, Socialable
With extensive experience of using social media to promote businesses, Esther develops social media strategies that link to commercial goals and implements those strategies to deliver results for businesses. Committed to keeping up-to-date with the dynamic digital business landscape, she is passionate about the potential of the South Glos Expo to help business owners learn from experts and each other.
Before founding Socialable, Esther held a range of communication roles in a large public sector organisation, organising a variety of events including exhibitions and conferences for internal and external delegates at Chelsea Football Club, UWE Conference Centre, Royal Geographical Society and Cheltenham Science Festival.
Esther studied at UWE Business School and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. She lives in South Gloucestershire with her husband and young family.
Lou Elliott, Founder – Elevate Your Business
With over 30 years experience in sales training and performance management, Lou works with business managers looking to develop their staff and grow their revenue, helping them transform the motivation to succeed into tangible commercial benefits.
Employed by big brand names such as M&S, Yell, and Heart FM among many others, she has extensive knowledge of the sales process and the customer journey, significant commercial awareness, superb strategy and performance management proficiency.
Lou launched Elevate Your Business Ltd in September 2015 to help business and corporate teams increase revenue through effective people development. Previously Lou has project managed product launches and award ceremonies for Yell.com, and organised a charity event for Cancer Research which raised over £35,000.
Lou lives in South Gloucestershire and is an active part of the business ecosystem, with a passion for bringing the community together to learn from each other at the Expo.
Some Feedback From Our Exhibitors
“ innovecom, a long established South Gloucestershire ICT business, welcomes this exciting opportunity to explore, with our near neighbours, how together – we can build better businesses. ”
“ Networking and developing people is key for success and by exhibiting, I am looking forward to meeting other business owners, exhibitors and guests to exchange ideas! ”
“ We feel that this is a great opportunity to network with local businesses, and have a desire to increase our brand awareness in the surrounding area. ”