One of the key speakers at the next month’s Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) Expo event at the National Motorcycle Museum is well-known entrepreneur and innovator Simon Jenner. Simon runs a chain of coffee shops, Urban Coffee Company, which has three outlets in Birmingham and one in Coventry. He’s been running the chain with his business partner for four years, and the business now has a turnover of £1m.

However, Simon has run other businesses since his mid-twenties, including a successful technology company, which he founded at 26 and sold seven years ago. He is currently exploring the world of drones, with a view to launching a business around them.

He said: “I have lots of experience seeing lots of people’s successes and mistakes, and worked with a broad range of technology businesses and provided support and help to them. That’s why my talk at the Expo will be focused on ‘innovate or die’.”

There will be other speakers taking part in the Expo’s free seminar programme. These will include representatives from a business development consultancy and a creative agency. The Expo takes place on 14 August at the National Motorcycle Museum at Solihull. The event is open to all businesses, though entry to the seminars will be restricted to Chamber members only. 

The last Expo event in February attracted almost 70 exhibitors and saw more than 500 delegates in attendance. Chamber director of events Henrik Court said: “Chamber Expo events provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses to establish new contacts as well as help build established connections.

“The last Expo event was highly successful with all exhibition spaces being sold almost a month in advance. If businesses are interested in taking a space, I urge them to book early so that they do not miss out on such an outstanding opportunity.”