THURSDAY 1 AUGUST | 10AM – 4PM | PARC Y SCARLETS IN LLANELLI
WALES’ NATIONAL BUSINESS EXHIBITIONS
Phil Bennett OBE Welsh Rugby Legend
Dawn Evans CEO of Ajuda Training and International Speaker
Kevin Green Wealth Trainer, Secret Millionaire and Property Developer
Rhian Mannings Chief Executive of 2 Wish Upon A Star
Sarah John Co-Founder and Director, Boss Brewing
Simon Church Ex Wales International Footballer and Entrepreneur
Kathryn Jones Sales and Marketing Director, Castell Howell Foods
Owain Gwynedd Griffith Compère and Co-Founder of 218 Events
Headline Sponsor at The Dragons
Diamond Sponsor at Cardiff City
Welcome We’re very excited to welcome you to our very first Expo held at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.
MORNING AGENDA 8:30 Networking breakfast 9:00 Welcome
For a long time, we’ve been itching to introduce Cardiff-based businesses across the country to the West and 2019 is the year this has finally happened! Throughout the day, there’ll be an opportunity to browse a range of exhibition stands, listen to our keynote speakers and learn a range of business-related topics at the seminars. There’ll be a networking breakfast to kickstart the day and a complimentary speed networking session where you can build and expand your networks further than ever before. Parc y Scarlets is the proud home of the Scarlets rugby team. Llanelli is one of the most famous rugby teams in the world. It is the focal point for one of the most passionately supported rugby clubs in the world, boasting a rich and unrivalled rugby heritage. We’re thrilled to be hosting the Expo from Parc y Scarlets and look forward to a very happy, long-lasting business relationship. We’d like to thank you all for your continued support – it’s always appreciated and we hope you have a tremendously fruitful day at the Expo today.
9:05 MPS Industrial (Networking breakfast sponsor) 9:15 Phil Bennett OBE (Former Welsh rugby star) 10:00 Opens to general public 10:30 Rhian Mannings (2 Wish Upon a Star) 10:45 Seminar 1 – Tracey Smolinski (Introbiz) 11:00 Speed networking session 11:30 Kathryn Jones (Castell Howell) 11:45 Seminar 2 – Multi Buy (Brian Chittick) AFTERNOON AGENDA 12:30 Simon Church (Church Investments) 12:45 Seminar 3 – Laurence Winmill (M4 Media) 1:30 Lunch 1:45 Seminar 4 – Stuart James (Inspire and Grow) 2:00 Kevin Green (Wealth Coach) and Dawn Evans (Ajuda)
Tracey Smolinski, Founder and Managing Director
Paul Smolinski, M.D and Founder of Introbiz Expo
Emma Davies, Editor and Content Manager
2:45 Seminar 5 – Daniela Birch (Soul Growth) 3:00 Sarah John (Boss Brewing) 3:45 Closing ceremony 4:00 Expo close
For the very first time, we’re hosting the Introbiz Expo outside the Welsh capital and we couldn’t think of anywhere more suited to the event than Parc y Scarlets. The home of the Scarlets rugby team will welcome plenty of exhibitors who are keen to share with you their products and services, keynote speakers who will, no doubt, empower and educate you and intimate seminars which will share advice and guidance to take back into your own organizations. The Expo is a great way to build your own networks, re-connect with businesses and ask any questions you may have. Throughout the day, you can enjoy a networking breakfast which includes a Q&A session with Welsh rugby legend, Phil Bennett OBE, a free speed networking session and endless opportunities to connect with both local and international business owners and decision makers.
The day promises to be a fantastic way for businesses across the country to build relationships and to network with business owners and industry leaders. Listen to a number of successful entrepreneurs within their own industries and fields, including Phil Bennett OBE, Kevin Green and Dawn Evans, Rhian Mannings, Kathryn Jones, Sarah John, Simon Church and compère Owain Gwynedd Griffith. You should leave the Expo at the end of the day feeling inspired and ready to transform your business. We hope you have a great day and make the most out of this great opportunity. Don’t forget to visit the Introbiz stand to say hello!
PHIL BENNETT OBE Welsh Rugby Legend
Phil Bennett was a rugby player whose talents defied definition – a mercurial mix of the impressive, the unexpected and the superhuman! Phil grew up in the small village of Felinfoel, in the rugby mad town of Llanelli and his exceptional sporting talent was clear for all to see from a very early age. He gained three Wales School Boy caps and three Wales Youth Caps, before joining his beloved Llanelli RFC. He went on to captain Llanelli RFC, Wales, The British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians.
He made his international debut in March 1969 against France in Paris at the age of just 20. Phil played in the centre, on the wing and at full back for Wales before settling into the famous Welsh number 10 jersey in 1972 to become a true world-class fly-half. Outstanding performances at international level earned Phil a place on the famous invincible British Lions tour of South Africa in 1974. Phil’s starring role, which included a record 103 points, helped the Lions return home undefeated – a feat never achieved before or since.
Wealth Trainer, Secret Millionaire and Property Developer Kevin Green is a self-made multi-millionaire and social entrepreneur. He is one of the UK’s largest residential property landlords and a multi-business owner. The 49-year-old dyslexic, who featured on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, was homeless in 1984. Today, his property portfolio runs into the hundreds. He has a wealth of experience in the property investment world and heads a number of successful companies and other non-property related
businesses. He is also involved in coaching under his own brand of Kevin Green Wealth (KGW) and is a Welsh Government Role Model where he inspires young people in schools and universities to set up businesses. The dad-of-three is an ambassador to Make-A-Wish Foundation and has personally contributed over £300,000. Kevin loves to educate, motivate and inspire others and his passion and enthusiasm is quite infectious.
CEO of Ajuda Training and International Speaker
Dawn’s background as a college lecturer and currently CEO of multi-award winning Vocational Training Company Ajuda Ltd, and co-founder of Wales’ biggest ever Education Show have given her a vast amount of skills and experience as a budding entrepreneur. Dawn has a great amount of business experience and specialises in motivating, inspiring and developing start-up businesses. With a degree in coaching and mentoring for Entrepreneurial Practice, she has used this qualification and put it into practice developing and creating new entrepreneurs of the future.
In addition to Dawn’s role as a multi-award winning business owner, she’s a Role Model for the Welsh Government Big Ideas Programme. This involves delivering presentations on entrepreneurship, where she takes the time to share her experiences with students aged 13 and upwards in order to inspire confidence and motivation to consider launching their own company in the future. Dawn regularly attends schools, colleges, and universities, delivering presentations on her experiences as a successful entrepreneur. She aims to inspire the youth of today as this is something that she’s passionate about.
RHIAN MANNINGS Founder and Chief Executive of 2 Wish Upon A Star
In February 2012, Rhian Mannings had just returned to work as a P.E. teacher after having her youngest son, George, when tragedy struck her family. George died suddenly with no sign of illness in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant on the 22nd February. Just days later, Paul, her husband and the daddy to her three children, took his own life traumatised by the loss of their son. The tragedy of experiencing the sudden death of a child was compounded by the situation Rhian and her husband found themselves in at the hospital, having
Co-Founder and Director of Boss Brewing
Sarah John is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and Director of Boss Brewing, one of Wales’ fastest growing microbreweries. Sarah’s brewing company is one of the few female owned breweries in the country and in just four years, is already in the top 30% of microbreweries in the UK in terms of turnover – she is rising to the top not just in a crowded industry, but also in a male-dominated one. Sarah’s company already has national listings with some of the largest pub companies in the UK including JD Wetherspoon, Mitchells and Butlers and Stonegate. She exports her beers world-over to parts of Europe, North America and Asia.
Sarah is exceptionally driven, ambitious and determined and her hunger means that she can count four major retailers (Asda, Tesco, Co-op and Morrisons) among her customers – one of the youngest breweries ever to achieve national retailer listings. This all-round commercial success meant that her brewery picked up the coveted ‘Commercial Achievement’ gong at the SIBA business awards this year, beating off competition from the 2000 other breweries in the UK at what is recognised in the industry as the single most reputable business awards in the calendar.
KATHRYN JONES TIME: 10.30am
nowhere to privately grieve and say goodbye to their son. The family were offered no support and were left to deal with the loss of both Paul and George alone. Motivated by a desire to ensure others would not have the same devastating experience after losing a child suddenly in hospital, Rhian set up the child bereavement charity ‘2 Wish Upon a Star’. To date, the charity has raised over £1,500,000 exclusively from small public donations and local fundraising, and 2 Wish Upon A Star is now an all-Wales organisation, helping hundreds of families every year who experience sudden and traumatic loss.
Sales and Marketing Director, Castell Howell Foods The origins of Castell Howell go back to the mid1980s when Brian Jones started selling chickens on Castell Howell farm. Brian then ventured into frozen foods and the limited company Castell Howell Foods was founded in 1988 with just a handful of employees including his late wife Elizabeth and daughter Kathryn, with brother Martin joining a few years later. Last year, Castell Howell celebrated 30 years as a Company and is now Wales’ largest independent food wholesaler with an expected turnover this year in excess of £140m, over 6,000 customers and
employing over 700 staff cross its wholesale and manufacturing divisions. Kathryn is the company’s sales & marketing Director where she is in charge of the 100 or so staff within the office and field based sales department. She joined the company after attending Gelli Aur Agricultural College, starting as a telesales operative and picker, and gaining experience across its wholesale over the years having also been Transport Manager and Telesales Manager. Kathryn is married to Garry and has 2 grown up children, and two young step sons and enjoys watching rugby, quad biking and skiing.
SEMINARS OWAIN GWYNEDD GRIFFITH
Tracey Smolinki presents Network Your Way to Success Introbiz founder will help you discover the ways you can build relationships and use networking to grow your business exponentially. 10:45am
Following an academic start to his career as an LLB Law student at Cardiff University, followed by an ACCA Accounting course, Owain Gwynedd has gone on to enjoy a varied career over the last ten years as a TV presenter and reporter.
Recently, he set up 218 Events – the next chapter in an interesting and diverse career. Establishing his events company has been an opportunity to combine his knowledge and enthusiasm to sculpt a business to be proud of.
He has anchored Premier Sport and S4C’s rugby coverage and been a regular reporter for BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru’s Saturday afternoon sports programmes. He has also been seen on rugby programmes for BT Sport, Channel 5 and ITV.
Multi Buy presents how Crypto & Customer Loyalty Programmes are Changing Markets. Multibuy are disrupting the Travel, E-Commerce and Banking world, with their unique Crypto & Customer Loyalty programmes, that reward YOU!
M4 Media presents Nothing Happens Until Somebody Sells Something! Motivated people, proven sales techniques and inspired leadership is what the seminar is all about. At the end of the seminar delegates will have a good understanding of the key areas in successful selling and sales management.
Inspire and Grow presents Master Mentoring Inspire and Grow is a multi-award winning mentoring leader who are at the epitome of true success and professionalism. During this seminar, you’ll learn how to increase your profits, drive your business forward and multiply your success.
Soul Growth presents Preparing You for the Love You Desire Are you sick of manifesting relationships where you are being taken for granted, controlled or manipulated, which makes you feel unworthy? Are you settling and staying in a relationship you have outgrown, out of fear of the unknown, comfortability or security?
EXPO SPONSORS SIMON CHURCH
Ex Wales International Footballer and Entrepreneur Simon Church is a former Welsh footballer who played for Wales and spent the majority of his time at Premier League and Championship level. He earned himself 38 caps playing for Wales, including two appearances at Euro 2016. Having retired at the age of 29 due to injury, Simon set up his own investment firm, which aims to cater primarily to sports professionals and assists with both long and short term investments. Having always had a keen interest in property, Simon recognised the need to invest in his future and so he bought his first project at the age of 20 and is now helping other professional athletes do the same.
In June 2019, Simon launched a new business called CBD Performance. Early on in Simon’s career, he had always struggled with the physical demands of professional football. The aches, pains, irregular sleep patterns, and always experiencing problems with his joints, in particular hips, were taking their toll. Year on year it was becoming harder to remain at the high levels and play without restriction. One thing he did come across towards the end of his career was CBD oil, something he now wishes he found much earlier.
Networking Breakfast Sponsor at Parc y Scarlets MPS Industrial
Platinum Sponsor at Cardiff City Zenith Print
Networking Breakfast Sponsor at The Dragons Intellectual Property Office
The Pitch Sponsor Cardiff Council
Brand Sponsor McFeggan Brown
Headline Sponsor at The Dragons Wales England Care
Pre Biz Expo Sponsor My Company Promotions
Brand Sponsor Holm House
Diamond Sponsor at Cardiff City PIXAFUSION Digital
Brand Sponsor Compass Group
Brand Sponsor Melvyn Media
Brand Sponsor Rugby Shield
Brand Sponsor The Business Show
ENTRANCE MAIN STAGE
BAR SPEED NETWORKING ZONE
EXHIBITOR LIST ETS Mobile
Swansea Bay City Deal
My Company Promotions
Business Step Up
InVentry Sign-In Solutions
Kevin Green Wealth Coach
Whitecalm Wellness Travel and Retreats
Home From Home
Jamaican Jills Zenith Print Group
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A2Z Food Safety
Source my Property
Iolar Digital Marketing
Leon Guest Photography
2 Wish Upon a Star
AN INTERVIEW WITH
PHIL BENNETT OBE ow old were you when you first started H playing rugby and where did your interest stem from? When I was growing up, there was no organised rugby - we didn’t have any fields to play in so we played in the school yard. There were no rules, we played 20-a-side and you’d tend to stay out of the way otherwise you’d be flattened in the yard! I went to my first modern secondary school at 11 and this was my first real taste of organised rugby. I knew the rules because I’d go and watch the Scarlets play and I was very lucky that I had a great PE teacher who took me under his wing and it went from there. Did you have a role model and why? To be honest, there were so many fine Scarlets players in that time, all internationals. Terry Davies who was a full-back was a hero of mine, Carwyn James and Ken Jones who was a magnificent runner and someone I thought the world of. At the end of his career, Ken was playing for Cardiff as I was starting out with the Scarlets and so I played against him, which was a dream come true. Another man I really thought the world of, was a man from Felinfoel who was called Ray Williams who played on the wing for the Scarlets. He taught at Cwm Gwendraeth School and he brought through players like Barry John, Gareth Davies and many other Welsh internationals. So yes, I had a number of role models growing up.
id you always want to represent your D country and did you ever envisage that you’d play for Wales? I left school at 15 to go and work – my father had sustained an injury and so I had to bring in the money. I joined the youth team at Felinfoel and loved every minute. As time went on, I started thinking to myself, “I’m 18 now, what’s my next step going to be?” And I was lucky because I was offered to play football for Swansea so I had a tough decision to make – it had to be one or the other. I was coming out of youth and going to play against men. I had an invitation from Llanelli Rugby Football Club to come and do pre-season training – well, I was absolutely thrilled! Three years later, I was playing for Wales which happened so fast! So, no, I never thought I’d play for Wales but I’m thrilled and honoured to have done so. Can you describe the feeling of walking on to the pitch in front of a Welsh crowd? I can remember the singing of the Welsh supporters and as we walked out, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. You definitely get an overwhelming sense that a win is so important and that you can’t let these people down. They’d travel from everywhere, from West Wales, Neath and Swansea. The crowd were so important to us and it almost seemed like an extra man was playing on the field with us which was a fantastic feeling to have. The crowd could always sense when we needed a lift and there have been times where they’ve really helped us to win competitions such as the Grand Slam.
Your passion for the Scarlets and Llanelli is amazing. Was there ever a time where you were swayed to leave the Club? You have to make certain decisions in life and this was true when I was playing for the Scarlets as a young lad. There were two or three occasions where people were asking me to play for them. When I was 18 and living at home with my mother, three men travelled down from Halifax to offer me a place on their team and a considerable amount of money. Initially, I thought about my future with Pat and the financial security for my parents, but for my father, the thought of leaving Llanelli was heart-breaking. The men needed an immediate answer and so I decided to turn it down. I was fortunate enough to have plenty of offers throughout my career, including two offers from South Africa but I truly loved West Wales and being close to our families. To this day, I’ve never regretted my decision to stay and although others have moved to Las Vegas and beyond, I’ve always stayed local, happy and surrounded by family. The sport has changed considerably over the years. Do you empathise with today’s players with the ever-changing rules and the media surrounding them? As President of the Scarlets and Felinfoel, I see firsthand how much pressure the players are under. I look at the players today and it’s a completely different world from when I was playing rugby. You’re now talking about huge financial rewards, they’re training vigorously and they come into work now – when I was playing, I was only in on a Monday and Wednesday to train. Today, players train every day, their diets are analysed, they’re weight training and their stats measured. It’s a physically bruising industry to be in. In terms of the game, there are certain elements that I don’t agree with, such as when they’re all in a pile and somebody comes in and hits somebody else, and drives him back two yards. I just hope there’s not a serious injury because it may have an impact on young children who are keen to play rugby.
In terms of the media, the press want interviews, they watch social media feeds and the spotlight is constantly on them. It’s so much harder to keep a low profile and to keep things relatively private. The sport is now a business and so I do empathise with today’s players when it comes to the scrutiny they face. What are your thoughts on this year’s upcoming World Cup? I think this year’s World Cup is going to be the most exciting one for a long time and I think we are in with a chance. New Zealand are not a team that frighten any more and instead we have strong England and Irish teams. I think there are three or four genuine teams who have a chance in this World Cup and I think that Wales are strong contenders. How important do you think building trust and relationships is in rugby? Trust is the one thing that hasn’t changed within the sport and if I look back at my career, you have to have the utmost trust in the players playing outside and inside of you. When you walk out on to any pitch, you walk out as a team with an overwhelming sense of being all for one. I encourage all the Scarlets players, especially the reserves on a match day to go and sit on a table with sponsors, businesses and guests to network and talk to people who work in different in industries, from banking and finance to property and the media. Some of the lads are so shy when they have to go in front of decision makers, managing directors and the public because they haven’t been exposed to it all before. So yes, it’s important to stick together and in this modern day of rugby, you have to have your friends to call on. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I’m a big family man and I’m lucky that I have two great sons. My eldest has two children and I absolutely love them. I try to spend as much time as possible with my grandchildren and Pat and I are invited away and abroad regularly. Really, we’re homebirds and we enjoy travelling locally to places such as the Cotswolds, Chester and North Wales.
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For the very first time, Introbiz hosted an Expo at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. With 60 exhibitors, hundreds of exhibitors and keynote speake...
Published on Aug 7, 2019
For the very first time, Introbiz hosted an Expo at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. With 60 exhibitors, hundreds of exhibitors and keynote speake...