Important Announcement – Event Cancellation

It is with regret that Jigsaw Solutions Group announce that the Bay of Plenty Business Expo, due to be held at Trustpower Baypark Arena on 6th March, has been cancelled.

We have been very passionate and focused on creating a large scale, high quality B2B expo for the Bay of Plenty and while there has been extremely high quality exhibitors sign on for the 2019 event, the quantity of exhibitors was not enough to sustain a second event.

Our team has worked incredibly hard to make the Expo a success but we have been faced with the need to make a financially and commercially sensible decision going forward.

We would like to acknowledge those organisations that had signed on to exhibit for 2019, our amazing Sponsors and Supporting Partners, and all of the exhibitors and attendees who attended the event in 2018.  We are grateful for your support and hope that you continue to take advantage of the special network, business opportunities and relationships that resulted from your experience.

The cancellation will allow us to focus on core business at Jigsaw including the recruitment division which has been successfully growing a niche in tailored recruitment solutions for organisations and candidates in the Bay of Plenty.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call, Sharon Giblett on 021 566 869 or Barry Brown on 0274 475 033.

We wish you all the best for 2019 and look forward to continuing to connect and network with you throughout the year.

Kind regards

Sharon Giblett and Barry Brown

Business Expo to Highlight Wellbeing in the Workplace with Renowned International Speaker

Business Expo to Highlight Wellbeing in the Workplace with Renowned International Speaker

With well-being in the workplace a hot topic in 2019, the Bay of Plenty’s annual Business Expo has announced an award-winning wellbeing specialist, author and entrepreneur as their keynote speaker for their 2019 event.

Hot off the TEDx stage in New York State, founder of the Snack on Exercise movement Lauren Parsons, will speak at the Business Expo’s VIP Breakfast Forum at ASB Baypark on Wednesday 6th March.

Renowned for her practical time-saving approach to making healthy life habits stick, Lauren Parsons will share life-changing ways to thrive in the workplace and super-charge productivity while achieving balance and well-being.  She equips people with tried and tested strategies that work, even for the busiest of executives and teams.

Sharon Giblett, Director of Jigsaw Solutions Group and the Business Expo says “We are delighted Lauren will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 event. We have a long association with Lauren and are excited that exhibitors and VIP guests will experience the wisdom of an international speaker of Lauren’s calibre and experience.”

Originally from New Zealand, Lauren has been posted to Ottawa, Canada for the past two years with her husband, Lt Colonel Maurice Parsons and their three children, while her husband fulfilled the role of Exchange Officer. Being a working parent, and relocating regularly (8 times in the past 15 years with 5 international moves) Parsons knows what a busy lifestyle is like. She shares with her clients’ high level strategies and techniques to help them maintain their health, energy and productivity, achieving more with less time.

Her morning keynote on the topic of “Overcoming the Overwhelm – How to thrive in a fast-paced world” will be a showcase event . This will be the first time Parsons has presented in Tauranga.  A prominent conference speaker, Lauren travels regularly to present to businesses, helping organisations create a high-energy, peak-performance team culture, which enables people and businesses to thrive.

The feature breakfast event is expected to be highly sought after by business leaders and managers from around the region and beyond. “With wellbeing playing such a key role in managing workplace culture, health and safety, this event is not to be missed” says Giblett.

Together with her team, Giblett has been busy behind the scenes continuing to build the Bay of Plenty’s premium business event.  The Business Expo showcases leading edge and forward-thinking businesses, speakers and education all under one roof.  Following the inaugural event in 2018, more than one million dollars of business continues to be generated.

Showcasing Small Business

Showcasing Small Business

Making valuable connections, establishing a quality database of loyal customers and enhancing marketing opportunities are challenges faced by any business.  These challenges are amplified in small businesses where each staff member wears many hats and time is a precious commodity. The successful Business Expo model presents businesses with a solution to these challenges in one day, at one easy location.

In response to the unique challenges faced by small business, this year, we are pleased to introduce a Small Biz Hub arena.  The arena has been designed to offer small businesses opportunities to develop their connections and maximise opportunities for growth all in one setting. The Small Biz Hub provides an exhibitor option for small businesses with 3* or less employees who wish to have a presence at the Business Expo. If your organisation is an ambitious, forward thinking business, striving to grow a brand, revenues and employee numbers, this is the event for you.

For more information request a Small Business Exhibitor Hub Prospectus.

*includes Directors, Business Owners and employees

Business Expo March 2019 Launch

Business Expo March 2019 Launch

Last week, representatives from some of Tauranga’s most innovative businesses gathered together at the Business Expo March 2019 Launch Event.  The launch offered Event sponsors, supporters, Early Bird exhibitors and potential exhibitors an opportunity to learn more about the March 2019 Business Expo. The launch video offered further insight into what to expect from the Bay’s premier Business Expo.  The dynamic launch video perfectly captures all the buzz and enthusiasm of the event itself, highlighting the many advantages of being part of Bay of Plenty’s Premier Business exhibition.   The launch event also offered a respite from the chilly conditions outside and provided a welcome opportunity to network amongst inspirational leaders in the Tauranga business scene and share a wine or two.

Take a look at some of the photos from the successful launch event.

BOP Business-to-Business Expo Focuses on Regional Growth Opportunities

BOP Business-to-Business Expo Focuses on Regional Growth Opportunities

The second Bay of Plenty Business Expo is set to become the region’s premier business-to-business event, say the organisers.
The region has been enjoying strong growth. Last year the Bay of Plenty had the country’s largest annual percentage increase in GDP at 9 percent.

Following the success of its inaugural event earlier this year, the Business Expo is looking to grow and to keep innovating for its follow-up Expo on 6th March 2019 at the ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, says Sharon Giblett, a director of the event organisers, Jigsaw Solutions Group.

Showcased as “Where business gets done”, the inaugural event is on track to generate more than $1 million in business, and five months on we are still hearing of success stories, new collaborations and business being done, says Giblett.
“And we’re just getting started. We attracted businesses and visitors from across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, as well as others from throughout the North Island. And we already have bookings coming through from returning exhibitors and a strong flow of enquiries about the next Expo.”

Giblett says there is some uncertainty about the future direction of the economy next year and despite the surge in online marketing, the Expo is proof that face-to-face engagement with potential clients and partners remains one of the strongest ways to build new business,” says Giblett.

The Business Expo has been strategically timed as a regular March event, allowing businesses to get some quick wins to end the financial year and to kickstart opportunities for the year ahead at this supercharged one day event.
“Our goal is to become a key driver and platform for fostering growth in the regional economies and to be a must-attend event in the business calendar.”

The exhibitors will each be able to invite guests, providing a sizeable number of business connections to be made from the wider Bay of Plenty region and beyond.

The 2019 Expo will again be a one-day event held in Tauranga’s best-known business events centre, where businesses can showcase their products and services in a vibrant, fun environment designed specifically for the business-to-business sector.
“Attendees at our inaugural event describe it as a great platform to keep building and developing professional and personal relationships,” says Giblett.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to make new connections and be seen as a regional player,” says Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Stan Gregec.

The Business Expo will also feature seminars and master classes throughout the day to motivate and inspire participants. There will be an exclusive VIP Expo Opening event with a special guest and light refreshments to kick the day off, and an Expo After 5 Networking Event for sponsors and exhibitors to continue to build relationships.

Earlybird pricing is $1,999 plus gst and is available until the end of October and Exhibitors are encouraged to book early to secure their preferential stand and take advantage of opportunities available in the lead up to the Expo.

Bay of Plenty Business News

Bay of Plenty Business News

Congratulations for embracing and supporting this new and exciting event and a huge thank you for your contribution in helping to make the Business Expo a great success.

The purpose of the Business Expo is to provide a platform for businesses to showcase their offering, to enhance and create business opportunities and connections, and to bring additional growth to the regions.

The energy and enthusiasm at this year’s Expo and the positive feedback received indicates that the Business Expo is now a “Must Do” event in the region’s business calendar.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Business Expo,
Sharon Giblett and Barry Brown
Jigsaw Solutions Group Limited