Granite Expo

Lucky Number Seven For Granite Expo

More than 100 businesses have gathered in Aberdeen to celebrate the richness and diversity of the North east economy.

For the seventh consecutive year, one-day business showcase Granite Expo provided a platform for companies based in and with links to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and beyond to exhibit, network, knowledge share and cross sell. New for this year’s free-to-attend event at Aberdeen’s DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops were an Angus/Dundee Showcase and a Norway Showcase.

Granite Expo was the brainchild of Aberdeen entrepreneur Brett Jackson who is the Founder and Managing Director of Granite PR. The event was again managed by Business Plus Scotland and this year’s main sponsor was Barclays.

This year, Granite Expo attracted some 1,000 participants and commenting on the success of the 2017 showcase, Brett Jackson said: “Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the appetite which exists for this event. Since it was established in 2011, it has become a significant date on the business calendar and we are pleased to attract a broad range of new and repeat exhibitors from a myriad of sectors.

“As many businesses continue to face tough trading conditions, opportunities to create or strengthen links are crucial and it is always great to see so many exhibitors, visitors and supporters embracing the possibilities which events such as Granite Expo present.”

He added: “We are already looking ahead with optimism to the next Granite Expo which will take place on Thursday, November 27th 2018.”

Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland, Barclays commented: “It was great to see such a fantastic turnout at Granite Expo with many diverse and growing SMEs in attendance. Exhibiting and networking opportunities at events like this provide an excellent platform for creating visibility, with exhibitors getting the chance to showcase their offering to the business community.

“The theme of many of our discussions was centred on business optimism and desired growth, which is encouraging, and I’m in no doubt that many will have left with a number of new business leads.” The competition for the best stand was judged by Press & Journal Business Editor Rebecca Buchan with local businessmen Charles Skene CBE and Andy Willox OBE. The winner was Charlie House with special mentions going to Bannerman Butcher and Fennel Media.

Susan Crighton of Charlie House said: “This was Charlie House’s first time at Granite Expo and it was a great opportunity to raise the profile of a local charity. We were delighted at the footfall at our stand and the buzz in the room. The event provided a great opportunity to network with fellow exhibitors and delegates alike.”

The networking award was presented by Stuart Brown to Craig Donoghue and Samantha Edmond of One Stop Waste Solutions, whilst the star prize of two flights anywhere on the Virgin Atlantic Airways network was won by Emma Anderson of Converged Communication Solutions.

In addition to providing the full spectrum of PR services and staging Granite Expo annually, Aberdeen-based Granite PR is known for creating international networking events such as the now well-established Aberdeen-Houston Gateway and the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway.

For more information about Granite Expo 2018, contact event organisers Business Plus Scotland on (01651) 891374 or email events@bpscotland.co.uk

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Andy Willox, Stuart Brown, Richard Neville, Brett Jackson, Charles Skene & Barney Crockett


Granite Expo 2017 in full swing




Lucky number seven will be the theme for a popular annual business showcase when it returns in November.

Plans have just been announced for the seventh annual Granite Expo event which will take place at Aberdeen’s DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops on Thursday, November 27thth. The event will once again be created by Granite PR and managed by Business Plus Scotland to provide a platform for companies based in and with links to the North East to exhibit, network, knowledge share and cross sell.

The day regularly attracts a diverse range of more than 100 exhibitors from business organisations representing many sectors which are brought together for the unique, one-day exhibition which ran for the first time in 2011.

This year will see the introduction of two brand new features, namely a Angus/Dundee Showcase and a Norway Showcase. Both aim to highlight the vast array of businesses across a myriad of sectors and give opportunity to create or deepen links.

Commenting on plans for 2017, Granite Expo creator and managing director of Granite PR, Brett Jackson added: “From the outset, Granite Expo has attracted an excellent range of businesses to ensure a vibrant and interesting event each year. The momentum and anticipation which this event has created makes it a significant date on the local business calendar. For this reason, we have decided to hold Granite Expo earlier than usual to avoid a diary clash with the school October holidays.

“We are delighted to add the Angus/Dundee and Norway Showcases to shine a light on domestic and international neighbours – both lie within an hour’s journey time making them ideal places to do business.” In addition to providing the full spectrum of PR services and staging Granite Expo annually, Aberdeen-based Granite PR is known for creating international networking events such as the now well-established Aberdeen-Houston Gateway and the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway.

For more information about Granite Expo 2017, contact event organisers Business Plus Scotland on (01651) 891374 or email events@bpscotland.co.uk


Granite Expo 2016 Is Resounding Success, Plans Announced For 2017

The sixth annual Granite Expo business showcase has been hailed as a resounding success – and plans are already in place to repeat the venture in 2017.

The event was once again created by Granite PR and managed by Business Plus Scotland. It took place at Aberdeen’s Hilton Treetops Hotel on Thursday, October 27th and provided a platform for companies based in and with links to the region to exhibit, network, knowledge share and cross sell. In addition was a series of business seminars covering topics such as recycling, heritage, food and drink, education, and entrepreneurship.

A diverse range of more than 100 business organisations representing many sectors were brought together for the unique, one-day exhibition which ran for the first time in 2011 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. Granite Expo official banking partner for 2016 was Barclays.

The 2016 showcase was officially opened by Aberdeen Journals Editor-in-Chief Damian Bates who commented: “This fascinating and growing event has never been needed more. The only people who are going to get us out of this mess are ourselves and events such as this are a great step in the right direction.”

Granite Expo 2016 creator and managing director of Granite PR, Brett Jackson added: “From the outset, Granite Expo has attracted an excellent range of businesses to ensure a vibrant and interesting event each year.

“Given the ongoing challenges experienced by many, we are particularly encouraged that this year’s Granite Expo attracted its largest ever number of start-up businesses. “The momentum and anticipation which this event has created makes it a significant date on the local business calendar, therefore we are delighted to announce that Granite Expo will return in 2017 and is planned for Thursday, October 12th.”

The competition to judge the best stand was judged by local businessmen and entrepreneurs Andy Willox OBE and Professor Charles P. Skene OBE and the winner was Fennel Media.

In addition to providing the full spectrum of PR services and staging Granite Expo annually, Aberdeen-based Granite PR is known for creating international networking events such as the now well-established Aberdeen-Houston Gateway and the Aberdeen-Norway Gateway.


Stuart Brown (Barclays), Damian Bates (Aberdeen Journals) and Brett Jackson (Granite PR).


Back row: Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal (left) and Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam. Pictured in the middle row, from left, are: Professor Charles P. Skene OBE and Andy Willox OBE who judged the competition for the best stand and Damian Bates (Aberdeen Journals). Pictured at the front are: Stuart Brown (Barclays, left) and Brett Jackson (Granite PR).


Granite Expo 2016 in full swing

For more information contact Event Organiser : Business Plus Scotland on 01651 891374 or email events@bpscotland.co.uk