Celebration of Business

Please note that The Celebration of Business will not take place in 2017.
The dates for 2018 are now confirmed as Friday 20 April to Tuesday 24 April inclusive.

Celebration of Business 2016 and EU Debate

Friday 13 to Monday 16 May

Celebration of Business Exhibition 100 businesses, large and small, and from many sectors, on show in the Cathedral. Visitors are welcome.

In pursuit of ECBG’s aims to encourage the relationship between Businesses and the wider community, companies are invited to promote themselves free of charge, at an exhibition in the awe inspiring environment of Ely Cathedral. Businesses of all sizes from Sole Trader through to Multi-National rub shoulders for a week and Business people have the opportunity to meet and to learn from each other.

Programme

Monday 16 May
1pm - 4pm Ely Chamber of Commerce Event ‘Grow Your Business’ Lady Chapel (pre-booking via the Chamber required)

3pm - 6pm Business Promotion and Networking Event
Representatives from all businesses are encouraged to attend

6pm - 8.30pm Celebration of Business Reception & Debate

7pm Formal welcome from Tom Green, Chairman of ECBG & CEO of Spearhead International Ltd

Debate - European Union: Britain In or Out?

Panellists IN
Richard Howitt MEP East of England
Coralie Green East Cambs District Councillor
Rebecca Hesketh Trainee Assistant Crop Manager at G’s Fresh
Marcus Johnson CEO & Dep Chairman of NW Brown, Cambridge

Panellists OUT
Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP Hitchen & Harpenden
John Borland Local Businessman
Anna Firth Sevenoaks District Councillor
Tom Hunt East Cambs District Councillor

After opening arguments from both sides, the majority of the evening will be devoted to questions and comments from the audience
8.30pm Close and dismantle exhibition stands

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Programme

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Who should attend?

Business People from within the Eastern Region - Proprietors, Chief Executives, Senior Managers, Directors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs. We will have representation from every sector, large and small.

Your Invitation

  • Exhibit and promote your business for one week in Ely Cathedral
  • Attend the B2B networking event
  • Listen to the keynote speakers and engage in the debate

Exhibit

PLEASE NOTE: All stand allocation has now been taken.
There is space for 120 stands and these are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Stand sizes are 1m deep and can be 1m, 2m or 3m wide. There is no height restriction. Tables, power and wifi can be provided by arrangement. Should you require a larger stand size we will do our best to accommodate your request.

List of 2016 Exhibitors

Network
Held on the afternoon of the final day (16 May), this is the one moment during the Celebration when we encourage as many people as possible, from all exhibiting organisations, to attend the Cathedral.

Debate
The Celebration of Business Reception with wine and canapés is in the early evening and is followed by keynote addresses. Non-exhibitors and other visitors are welcome.

Sponsorship

At the launch of ECBG and subsequently on our publicity materials we stated that "All of the costs associated with the Celebration of Business have been sponsored, so attendance is free". We believe that this objective is important, so that participation is genuinely open to all and not restricted to those that can pay. Take a look at the Sponsors page and consider whether you can become a sponsor.

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ECBG Celebration of Business 2015

Friday 15 to Thursday 21 May

Keynote Speeches
"The role of business in the well-being of community"
Lord Stephen Green - Former Minister of State for Trade & Investment and former Chairman of HSBC
Dame Julia Cleverdon - Vice President of Business in the Community

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List of Exhibitors 2015


ECBG Celebration of Business Exhibition 2014

Friday 16 - Wednesday 21 May

Celebration of Business Reception keynote speakers audio and video (see below) - Lord Williams of Oystermouth, Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College Cambridge, former Archbishop of Canterbury "What is wealthfor?" and Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, Simon Wolfson Chief Executive of Next PLC "Wealth - creation, destruction or stagnation. A choice."

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Watch the videos on YouTube

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ECB Celebration of Business 2013

Keynote addresses from Bishop David Thomson "People or Profit?" and George Freeman MP - "The Crisis of Disconnection"

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ECBG Celebration of Business 2012

Charlie Mayfield
Chairman of John Lewis Partnership

The Right Revd Stephen Conway
Bishop of Ely