Inspirational Jackie Chappell Set for South West Business Expo 2018

By Ben Carey on 18 June, 2018

Businesses throughout the region are getting ready for the 6th annual South West Business Expo which will feature over 130 companies alongside high profile keynote speakers.

The event, which continues to grow year on year, takes place on Thursday 5th July at The Steam Museum in Swindon.

This year Jackie Chappell, the first woman CEO of British Rail, will be sharing her inspirational story to the thousands of visitors already registered to attend.

Jackie had a successful career in the rail industry, where she rose from a part-time employee selling tickets, to becoming the Chief Executive of the Industry’s Training and Competence Company, making her the first ever female CEO in the industry’s history.

More recently Jackie has created her own companies, The Ironing Lady and The Cleaning Ladies, which in the last twelve years have developed a reputation for quality and innovation and achieved considerable growth.

Jackie has fought passionately for gender equality and equal pay, providing a strong voice for women in business. In her keynote speech she will be offering insightful advice and expertise on how to get ahead in business today.

Alec Jones-Hall, Director of South West Business Expo, said, “We’re excited to have Jackie Chappell joining us for this year’s event. South West Business Expo is about inspiring and empowering people to succeed in business which is why we asked Jackie to join us to share her story.”

South West Business Expo 2018, which is sponsored by Excalibur Communications, will see a range of companies exhibiting, from small start-ups to large multinationals including Maximizer and World Pay.

This year’s event will include:

  • Over 130 exhibitors
  • Networking opportunities with over 1,300 regional businesses
  • 7 inspirational keynote speakers
  • Unique industry-leading workshops
  • Speed networking sessions
  • Slow networking opportunities
  • Dedicated work-zone with free Wi-Fi
  • Delegate goody bag upon arrival with over £100 of promotional offers

Alec Jones-Hall added, “The Expo is now in its 6th year and has firmly established itself as the region’s go-to event for businesses. Our passion is supporting regional business growth, and this show is designed around attendees meeting new clients, suppliers and prospects.”

“We are supported by some of the region’s most renowned and reputable companies, and South West Business Expo is once again looking forward to providing a platform for networking where organisations and individuals can access the contacts, advice and motivation they need to thrive.”

The Expo is free to attend, but due to popular demand guests are advised to pre-register for Jackie Chappell’s keynote talk. Please visit or email to register.

To book a stand for your business at South West Business Expo 2018 you can register online at  call 0843 289 4634.