networking Archives - Bolton Arena
CALL 01204 488100 | OPEN TODAY 6:00 - 22:30
Proudly sponsored by Bolton Arena Logo

September Great Northern Wedding Show

On Sunday 15th September we hosted our second Great Northern Wedding show of the year!

The Great Norther Wedding Show is one of the largest wedding shows in the North West, and was once again another successful show with some of the best wedding suppliers showcasing what they do best. In the main hall we saw over 100 exhibitors leading the way for couples who were looking for the latest trends and making dreams become a reality.

The show also saw two fantastic catwalk shows with beautiful wedding gowns to mother of the Bride outfits and entertainment from Six15 and Ref Floral Architecture.

The Great Northern Wedding show is run by Little White Books and host a number of wedding shows throughout the North West. We are delighted that they will be returning for 2020 for their fifteenth Great Wedding Show on Sunday 19th April all you need to do is pre-register and entry will guarantee free entry for you and your bride tribe!

To pre-register click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020!!

September Networking Arena 2019

The third Networking Arena event of 2019 took place on Thursday 19th September in the Conference Suite at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena.

Networking Arena is now in its fifth year and continues to be as popular as ever. The event brought over 60 local businessmen and women together for the informal networking event.

On this occasion, the event was sponsored by a Networking Arena regular, Brabners, a leading commercial law firm with offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Brabners are a law firm that works in close partnership with you, confident in its ability to get the job done, and helping turn your ambition into reality.

Not sure what the event can do for you? Here are just a few benefits of our Networking Arena Events –

The final event of 2019 will take place on Thursday 5th December, 3pm – 5pm. To register for free attendance at the Networking Arena, or for further information, email business@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488132.

Alternatively, head over to our website by clicking here.

First Big Networking Expo Takes Place!

The first ever Big Networking Expo took place at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena on Friday 6th September 2019!

Following the success of Networking Arena events which are hosted quarterly throughout the year, the expo combined networking and exhibition opportunities all in one place. The Big Networking Expo saw over 350 people walk through the doors to meet the 56 exhibitors on the day, with the focus on making new contacts and business relationships.

The event featured three keynote speakers throughout the day, including Tracy Heatley from Better Networking, focused on getting results from our networking. Paul Heath from Ethical Business Mentoring, covered the value of teamwork and Karen Pilkington from The HR Dept, presented on stress awareness for employers. In addition, we had 3 detailed workshops on digital marketing delivered by Paul Cooper from LocaliQ.

We also ran two fun competitions on the day, Kevin Mullin from Greater Manchester Combined Authority won the competition sponsored by Go Ape, Kevin has won a corporate away day for the team at Go Ape Rivington. Stephen Solademi from SOS Creativity was the winner of the Bolton Arena Bounce Ball Challenge, collecting a bottle of wine. A huge thanks to all participants that took part throughout the day.

The Big Networking Expo headline sponsors The ExcluSec Group commented “We thoroughly enjoyed being the headline sponsor at the first Big Networking Expo. We have worked with Bolton Arena on a number of occasions now and look forward to working together in the future”

Paul Heath, Managing Director, Ethical Business Mentoring, “Thanks to Louise and her team for the fantastic job and unstinting efforts that they put into making the Big Networking Expo at the Stateside Foods Arena such an enjoyable experience.  I exhibited on the day and also delivered one of the keynote seminars – the preparation before the event was second to none and I was very well looked after on the day.  Clearly the marketing had worked because there was a steady flow of attendees throughout the full day an I felt the concept of keynote sessions was well thought through and implemented.  This all led to a really vibrant and worthwhile day.  Thanks once again.”

We can confirm that Big Networking Expo will be going ahead next year and the date for your diary is Friday 25th September 2020.

Commercial

Commercial Partnership Announced With J Dickinson & Sons

We’re delighted to announce a new long term partnership with J Dickinson & Sons.

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena and J Dickinson And Sons have signed a 3-year partnership, with J Dickinson & Sons also becoming the Arena’s official waste disposal partner from July 2020.

J Dickinson & Sons are a local, family owned and run company with over 80 years’ experience in the recycling industry. At the heart of their business is the desire to provide a professional and accessible service whilst serving to dispose of waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Now in its fourth generation of Dickinson’s, the company has grown from strength to strength over the years. Based at the custom-built premises in Rivington View Business Park, J Dickinson operate a state of the art recycling facility. Headed up by James and Susan Dickinson. James being the 4th generation of the family to help run the business.

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena commented “We’re excited to be working in partnership with another reputable local business in J Dickinson And Sons. We’ve had a working relationship over a number of years and we’re now looking forward to J Dickinson & Sons becoming our official waste disposal partner and advertising their services to our customers and business networks’’

Sales Manager, Carl Richardson, J Dickinson and Sons stated “We are delighted to be working alongside and forming a commercial partnership with Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, looking after all their waste and recycling needs. We feel its extremely important to us as a local business to support other local companies, forming long lasting business relationships”

Head over to https://www.jdickinson.co.uk/ to find out more about J Dickinson And Sons Services.

Interested in becoming a commercial partner here at Stateside Foods Bolton Arena? For further information and to see our current commercial partners visit https://www.boltonarena.com/business-village/sponsorship/

Pre-Event For Our Networking Expo Exhibitors

On Thursday 18th July, we welcomed our Big Networking Expo exhibitors to Stateside Foods Bolton Arena for a fun morning of networking. We provided our exhibitors with the opportunity to meet each other before the event day and give them a run through of what we have planned. It was great to see many of our exhibitors and build excitement for the event next month.

The Big Networking Expo will take place on Friday 6th September 2019. The Big Networking Expo offers exhibitors a unique opportunity to meet a diverse gathering of business owners, networking specialists, decision makers and entrepreneurs. As a business-to-business event, the Expo enables exhibitors to engage with customers who are attending with the specific intention of making new contacts.

The event is sponsored by one of our commercial partners and regular Networking Arena attendee, Exclusec Security, a privately owned, professional, reliable and accredited security, facilities and training provider. We also have a number of other partners for the event including, Bolton FM, The Samuel James Group, The Bolton News, Baldwins and Go Ape.

If you’d like further information on exhibiting, then get in touch with the Events Team today on 01204 488112 or email events@boltonarena.com.

To see our current exhibitors and speakers click here.

Alternatively, if exhibiting isn’t quite for you but you’d like to attend, then register for FREE today via this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-networking-expo-2019-tickets-53300723900

Bolton Arena Announce New Naming Rights Partner

Bolton Arena are delighted to announce that Stateside Foods will become their naming rights partner for the next three years commencing on 1st July 2019.

Bolton Arena and Stateside Foods have enjoyed a very successful partnership since 2013. Bolton Arena has been the venue for Stateside’s family fun day, festive events as well Stateside Foods employees and their families being entitled to a fully funded gym membership at Bolton Arena as part of their staff benefits scheme. The Arena will feature Stateside Foods branding across internal and external locations throughout the venue from mid-July. The partnership will also be showcased throughout a number of digital platforms.

John Ashley Head of Commercial at Bolton Arena said: “The partnership with Stateside Foods has developed over the past six years, by increasing their sponsorship to become the new naming rights partner, this demonstrates the benefits of our working relationship. Stateside Foods are one of the largest employers in the local area, we aim to assist them to enhance their brand awareness. With over one million visitors every year, the arena is the ideal platform for Stateside Foods to reach the local community”.

In a statement about their new role as naming rights partners, Stateside Foods have said: “We are delighted to be announced as the new naming rights partner of Bolton Arena.

Stateside Foods are one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of private label chilled pizza and are part of the Freiberger Group, the largest own label pizza manufacturers in the world.

Both Stateside and Bolton Arena have worked very closely for a number of years, with key Stateside events being held at the Arena. As one of the area’s largest employers, Stateside believes this is a great platform for attracting new local talent to our ever-growing business whilst supporting a great local partner.

The facilities at the Arena are second to none and are available for people of all ages and abilities. It is something we are proud to put our name to, and why we already offer all our employees a fully funded membership. As a business, Stateside shares a very similar philosophy to that of Bolton Arena “Building an active healthy community”. Stateside believes that sport and leisure activities can have a very positive impact on a person’s wellbeing both physically and mentally.”

For more information, please contact John Ashley on 01204 488116 or Jack Haydock-Sale on 01204 488111.

Great Northern Wedding Show Extend Dates

We’re excited to announce that the Great Northern Wedding Show have confirmed their venue dates with Bolton Arena until 2020.

The next Great Northern Wedding Show will take place at Bolton Arena on Sunday 15th September 2019. The event is organised by Little White Books and have been coming to the Bolton Arena for the past 6 years. The Great Northern Wedding Show at Bolton Arena is the North West’s BIGGEST one day wedding exhibition with over 120 wedding suppliers waiting to inspire you on the day.

The event has an extensive range of exhibitors, including venues, catering, entertainment, bridal wear, wedding cars and much much more. We’re just overflowing with wedding ideas that you can’t but help book and buy everything you need for your wedding at this show! Two professionally choreographed catwalk shows featuring bridal, formal, and occasion wear. Not only this but live entertainment is provided throughout the day.

Interested in exhibiting at the next Great Northern Wedding Show? Request your media pack here

Is your big day on the horizon? Visit Little White Books to make your dream wedding become a reality https://www.littlewhitebooks.co.uk/

Can’t make September? Keep a look out for the 2020 dates to be announced.

Cornerstone Become Commercial Partner

We’re excited to announce a new commercial partnership with Cornerstone Design & Marketing.

CORNERSTONE Design & Marketing is a full-service marketing agency working with a wide range of companies and organisations to develop robust marketing strategies to help advance and grow their businesses and customer-base.

The agency, which is experiencing growth of over 30 per cent year-on-year and building a larger multi-disciplinary team of graphic design, marketing, digital, and PR professionals, has recently won joint awards with long-standing client North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) north-west awards in late 2018.

The awards recognised two highly-successful marketing campaigns across a range of media platforms designed to spread key messages to the public. One aimed to reduce the number of unnecessary 999 calls. The other was to recruit more volunteers.

The campaign results far-exceeded the ambulance trust’s expectations. It saw large rises in social media engagement and website views. Within the first week alone of the volunteer campaign, 500 requests were received. This was ten times that of the entire campaign target.

Bespoke website development is one of the services that makes Cornerstone distinctive to many other agencies. One recent example was the development of a major e-commerce website for a leading sat-nav brand.

The business develops and sells sat-nav devices tailored for car, truck, motorhome and caravan markets. It has seen a massive 200 per cent year-on-year rise in website users since the new, bespoke site was launched, supported by Cornerstone’s other digital and marketing activity.

Cornerstone works equally successfully with clients in other sectors too. These sectors include gyms and leisure centres, healthcare, building societies, manufacturing, precision engineering, civil and structural design, pharmaceuticals, property, arts and tourism. In addition, Cornerstone works with charity and research organisations including Cancer Research UK.

Cornerstone’s services include journalism and copywriting services for clients’ websites, PR and news requirements. This written content further enhances their website SEO ranking and also achieves valuable publicity in the local, regional and national print and digital media, such as the Manchester Evening News, The Business Desk and the Financial Times.

The agency was founded in 2007 by David Wadsworth, initially on his own. The company gradually caught the attention of businesses across Greater Manchester, as its services produced excellent returns on-investment for clients.

That sustained success for clients has enabled Cornerstone to grow and develop into a full-service agency with a rising profile. Looking ahead, the agency has further growth plans including a move to bigger premises and further recruitment.

See how Cornerstone can develop your business and customer-base.

Visit cornerstonedm.co.uk

Extreme Robots confirm July tour dates

Bolton Arena are extremely pleased to announce that Extreme Robots Live tour is coming to the arena this July.

From the team that brought you the 2013-2016 smash hit sell out Robot wars live tour, comes the next step in robot fighting entertainment. Its time to take it to the EXTREME. Come and see the stars from the hit TV show Robot Warts fighting LIVE in the EXTREME Arena 2019 tour.

Featuring a selection of your favourite Robot Wars stars new and old such as the likes of Behemoth, Stinger, S.M.I.D.S.Y, steel Avenger and Bulldog Breed who all took part in the main and Robot Wars Extreme Series just to name a few. There’s also a whole new generation of robots and teams, but can they take on the masters?

There will be lots of amazing new features exclusive to Extreme Robots and we don’t just mean the battle robots. The fighting robots for the 2017 tour promise to me more powerful, faster, giving us more destruction and a lot more entertaining shows. The robots will battle it out in front of sell-out crowds yet again, so make sure you book your tickets quickly.

You can also purchase platinum VIP ticket and you can battle with some of the robots for real, a real money can’t normally buy experience.

This will be the biggest interactive robot live show in the UK!

Purchase your tickets today by clicking the Link http://www.extremerobots.co.uk/live

We look forward to seeing you all here in July.

The Energy Check And Bolton Arena Extend Partnership

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to have extended our partnership with The Energy Check for a further 3 years.

The Energy Check will continue to provide expert analysis and advice on utility service and supply, and will help the Arena in becoming more energy efficient, and will serve as an effective way of saving money by lowering energy costs, a benefit which will again be offered to our gym members.

John Ashley Head of Commercial, USN Bolton Arena commented, ”We have enjoyed a very productive first year with The Energy Check, their knowledge and advice has been invaluable over the last 12-months. We’re looking forward to developing our partnership over the next 3 years”.

Andrew Brewer, The Energy Check, North West Corporate Partnership Manager, remarked, “On behalf of all the team at The Energy Check, I am delighted to announce that after our first year partnership ended, it was an easy decision to extend our relationship with USN Bolton Arena for a further three years.

Throughout the first year, my marketing team have worked closely with John, to ensure The Energy Check brand has been strengthened within Bolton and the surrounding areas, as well as developing the brand into a household name in conjunction with our online domestic energy comparison and switching platform.

Over the next three years, The Energy Check will be working alongside Simon Sharrock, operations manager at USN Bolton Arena, to reduce its carbon footprint by promoting renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency within the facility, something we have already begun in recent months.

We will also be sponsoring the Arena’s next three annual golf days, something I’m extremely excited about as it will not only be a great way to showcase our brand but will also provide a fantastic opportunity to get out there and build new relationships with businesses in the area.”

For more information on The Energy Check click here.

Recent Blog Post
Wear It Pink Day Raises Amazing Amount!

On Friday 18th October, we held a ‘Wear It Pink’ Day in order to support Breast Cancer Awareness. With all our employees wearing pink whilst making…