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The BEST Growth Hub launches ExSE – Essex’s inaugural virtual business festival

10 Feb The BEST Growth Hub launches ExSE – Essex’s inaugural virtual business festival

The BEST Growth Hub announced today that Essex’s first ever ‘virtual’ business festival ‘ExSE’ will take place on 11-13 May 2021 (

The ExSE Festival is the event of the year, for ambitious Essex-based businesses to show the world how great they are. The ground-breaking 3-day virtual event combines a business-community festival, virtual trade show and conference. ExSE celebrates the best we have to offer the world from our corner of England

The event is free to attend and visitors are encouraged to register now at to secure their space and claim their free Digital Goody Bag. The event is suited to Essex businesses of any scale. (Start-ups, Scale-ups, budding Entrepreneurs and ‘Side Hustlers’ are all welcome!) Businesses that are not located in Essex may also attend and seize the opportunity to do business with Essex

ExSE is ahead of its time, using innovative (yet user-friendly) technology to gain access. From the comfort of their own homes or offices, visitors can take a virtual walk around a huge online hall (with 250 exhibitors organised into zones). The exhibition hall utilises 3D, animated technology and interactive virtual booths where visitors can chat to exhibitors via ZOOM. As well as meeting visitors, exhibitors can showcase pdf versions of their corporate brochures and videos to a potentially global audience.

ExSE runs from 9am – 5pm on 11, 12 and 13 May 2021.

11 and 12 May comprise a packed programme of impactful keynote addresses, interactive Ted Talks, workshops, case studies and surgeries – located in the Digital Innovation Lounge.
11 May also sees the launch of the NOVO Awards 2021. NOVO celebrates Essex’s most innovative companies ( Think Michelin Star of business awards!
13 May is The World Café virtual super-networking event. A chance to talk business with a global audience, this is where impactful connections will be made, and deals can be done.
The virtual BEST Growth Hub Show runs throughout ExSE, offering valuable business support and signposting to funding sources and grants.
ExSE is easy to access via the website, on a computer or smart device. Visitors should register now at

Jon Birkett, BEST Growth Hub Manager (pictured), commented: “Essex is the home of the Entrepreneur and also home to some extraordinary businesses. ExSE will harness the power of the people by bringing 2000+ businesspeople together for three days to educate, share experiences and foster sustainable business connections that will help businesses grow. ExSE is the start of something big that will be repeated annually, building a valuable business community for Essex.”

How to get involved

Delegate visitors should register now at

Exhibitors can hire and personalise an exhibition booth for all 3 days from as little as £149 plus VAT. Exhibitors can add marketing collateral to the visitors’ Digital Goody Bags.

Sponsorship packages are available from £599 plus VAT.

Contact for more details.