The DBN Small Business Shoebox Expo

Tuesday, 17th October 2023

The smallest business exhibition in the world!

At 'Do Business' Network, we do business, and are always thinking of creative ways to engage our members so they get all the opportunities possible to be part of our business community.

Following the huge success of our last Shoebox Expo (pre pandemic) we are thrilled to announce that 2023's expo will be held in the Bank Board Room and Museum Room at Beamish Museum.

Small is beautiful, innovative and engaging!

Come along and network at the smallest business exhibition in the world! We'd like everyone to exhibit their businesses in a shoebox.  Simply bring a shoebox (or similar sized box - no bigger please!) that has been decorated with items in it that represent your business then get networking with everyone else to show off your business in a box.  It's a great opportunity to network with lots of North East small business owners and promote your business in a fun, visual and memorable way.


The theme for this expo is Innovation and we have a number of guest speakers coming along to talk about the importance of innovation within your business.  Full list of guests to be confirmed.

That's not all!

Our guest speakers will be voting for the winner of the most creative box to win a bottle of Beamish Gin!

Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be served.

Once the Expo is over you are more than welcome to stick around and enjoy an afternoon at the museum.


£10 for DBN Members - Find out how to become a DBN member HERE

£30 per business for non members (max 2 people attending)

Find out more and book your place HERE

Agenda for the day - Tuesday, 17th October 2023

9:45 - Arrival at Beamish for the bus to take us down to the Boardrooms for 10:00.

10:00-10:30 - Set up time.

10:00-10:30 - Tea/coffee will be available.

11:00 - Opening speeches from Melanie Cant and Liz Peart (Beamish Museum).

11:15 - 2 minutes showcase - visit each table to showcase each shoebox.

12:45 - Guest speakers (TBC).

13:15 - Lunch and networking.

14:00 - Finish.  Guests can stay on site and visit the Museum.

Thank You

This event has been kindly sponsored by Lumo Tax and RTC North.