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5 Business Events to Attend In England until the End Of 2022



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In person events are are now back in full swing in top venues across the country

Business events are an excellent way to network, develop ideas, and learn new skills to help run your business to its maximum potential – and we’re fortunate that with the return of in person events, engaging, interactive experiences are now in full swing in top venues across the country. We selected five business events you should be attending in England before the end of the year.

Birmingham Business Expo, Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham – 10th November

For those in the midlands – this comprehensive exhibition taking place in the iconic Edgbaston cricket ground is not only free to attend – but offers free workshops and seminars from a range of accomplished speakers. Over 300 attendees will be heading to England’s second city for the event – you can pre-register your place with the link below.

Location: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Rd, Birmingham B5 7QU

The Business Show, ExCeL London 16th/17th November

With 30,000 visitors, 200 Speakers, and 750 exhibitors over its two days – the Business Show is one of the largest and most dynamic events of its kind. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge and expertise from savvy entrepreneurs across the UK and beyond: whatever stage you are at in your business journey, you’ll be able to boost your knowledge and skills at Europe’s largest business show.

Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.

North West Expo, Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 24th November

Heading back out of London and to the home of premier league titans Manchester City F.C – the North West Expo will be connecting over a thousand small and medium business entrepreneurs in the Legend’s Suite of the blues’ ground this November. This long running exhibition promises to help grow your network, and motivate you to achieve your business potential with fantastic keynote speakers.

Location: Legends Suite, Man City FC, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, M11 3FF

London EV Show, ExCel London – 29th November

Electric vehicles are already radically changing our approach to transport, and this specialist show is one to watch for any budding entrepreneur looking to get ahead as we continue further into the 21st century. With EV giant Tesla as the featured exhibitor, and more than 5000 attendees flocking to the capital to explore innovative technologies, assess market potential and communicate with industry professionals and investors – it is the most important event of its kind.

Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.

IoT Tech Expo Global, Olympia London – 01st/2nd December

The world’s leading conference and event series exploring the dynamic, cutting edge world of the Internet of things, this hybrid exposition offering both in person and virtual events promises to bring together some of the industry’s sharpest minds and most experienced professionals, with over 125 exhibitors and 100 speakers – and 5000 attendees from around the world congregating under the roof of the Olympia London.

Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX


Disneyland Paris renames theme park in $2 billion revamp



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The transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park will see it almost double in size.

Disneyland Paris has unveiled a new name for Walt Disney Studios Park as part of the park’s US$2 billion transformation.

Walt Disney Studios Park will become Disney Adventure World when the new immersive area, World of Frozen, opens.

The transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park will see it almost double in size.

“We’re changing the story of Walt Disney Studios Park, evolving from ‘how it’s done’ soundstages to celebratory theatres and adventures that come to life in immersive worlds,” said Tom Fitzgerald, chief storytelling executive at Walt Disney Imagineering and senior creative executive for Disneyland Paris.

“These fully realised adventure worlds will become the focus of the park’s new identity and appear as realms that guests discover as they navigate deeper within the park and are invited to participate in adventures inspired by our most beloved stories.”

As part of the rebrand, the park’s entrance is also being reimagined, with the current design replaced with ‘crafted décor that pays homage to historic movie theaters in Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole.’

“Embracing a transformation that involves the overhaul of more than 90 percent of Walt Disney Studios Park since its debut in 2002, we’re unveiling a fresh creative vision that has completely redefined our second gate,” said Natacha Rafalski, president of Disneyland Paris.

Previous investments in the property include World of Pixar, which opened at the park in 2021 and Avengers Campus (2022).

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EU economy forecast to grow 1.0% in 2024



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Expected economy growth is largely due to consumers spending more this year | Photo: Christiann Koepke

The Commission has published this week a new forecast for the European Union economy, with a more upbeat scenario for consumers. After a downturn in economic activity in 2023, inflation rates will continue to drop and the EU economy should gradually grow in 2024. This is largely driven by ‘consumers spending more, thanks to higher wages and more job opportunities,’ it is believed. 

Concretely, the EU economy should grow 1.0% in 2024. The euro area economy should reach 0.8% of growth. In 2025, GDP will grow even more. Meantime, EU inflation has fallen dramatically since it peaked in 2022. It is expected to wind down to 2.7% in 2024 and to 2.2% in 2025.  

The jobs market is also performing well. Despite the slowdown in activity, the EU economy created more than 2 million jobs in 2023. Activity and employment rates of people aged 20-64 hit new record highs in the last quarter of the year. In March 2024, the unemployment rate in the EU stood at a record low of 6.0%. 

Some challenges remain. For instance, investment growth is slowing since fewer new homes are being built, which affects various industries. As a result, it is expected that interest rates will drop more slowly than anticipated. 

The Commission publishes four economic forecasts throughout a given year, covering GDP and inflation data for all Member States, the EU and the euro area. 

In the UK the scenario is also looking positive, with the Office for National Statistics having recently confirmed that the UK unemployment rate for January to March 2024 (4.3%) is above estimates of a year ago (January to March 2023), and increased in the latest quarter. 

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Mango to strengthens its presence in the UK with 20 store openings



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At the close of the 2023 financial year, Mango had 60 stores in the UK

Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion groups, continues its expansion and brand consolidation plan in the UK with more than 20 store openings planned for 2024. Growth is focused on expanding its presence in London and Scotland, as well as the arrival for the first time in several cities in Northern Ireland and central and southern England.

“The UK is one of the priority markets for Mango’s international growth. The increased presence in London and our arrival this year in some cities where we have not been present until now will consolidate the Mango brand and help us to strengthen it internationally,” says Daniel López, Mango’s Director of Expansion and Franchising.

The company plans four store openings in London this year, in addition to last February’s opening of a store in the Windsor Yards shopping centre in the heart of historic Windsor, close to Windsor Castle

Mango will also increase its presence in Scotland with store openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and for the first time will reach cities in Northern Ireland, as well as central and southern England. 

The new Mango store will incorporate the New Med Mediterranean-inspired store concept, reflecting the spirit and freshness of the brand. Sustainability and architectural integration are the key to this new design that conceives the Mango store as a Mediterranean home with different spaces in which warm tones and neutral colours predominate, combined with traditional, handcrafted, sustainable and natural materials such as ceramics, tuff, wood, marble, esparto grass and leather.

Mango has been present in the UK since 1999. In 2021, the company strengthened its presence in the country with the opening of a new flagship store on Oxford Street in London and three other stores in Manchester, Edinburgh and Derby. 

Last year, Mango opened more than 10 stores, mainly in the south and centre of the country, in major cities such as Bristol, London, Manchester and Leeds. Key among them was the store opening in Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. In addition, the company arrived for the first time in Brighton with a 470 m2 store in the Churchill Square shopping centre.

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