Well, its been an interesting day - I wore a suit (anyone who knows me knows that this almost never happens), got a free lunch and saw Iron Maiden (well, one of them anyway).
This was the Big Business Wales event. I certainly think it was worth spending a day there - it was quite informative regarding what things the government are offering to help small businesses.
The business mentoring seems like a good idea, since it seems to offer an easy way to get some external input and business experience that we don't necessarily have within the company.
Another thing I hadn't come across is the Sell2Wales system, and the associated systems in the other parts of the UK. This is basically a database of businesses who can supply products/services to public bodies and jobs the public organisations want someone to do, allowing the buyers to find suppliers and suppliers to find jobs to tender for.
The only negative things I have to say about the whole thing was that there didn't really seem to be enough there to warrant the event lasting the whole day since there were just 2 seminar sessions, which were also rather oversubscribed, plus a keynote. After a chat with a few Business Wales people, the rest of the time was rather spent just milling around for "networking" purposes, which could've done with a few people facilitating introductions. The other minor negative point was that the Liberty Stadium saw fit to do noisy maintenance work in the afternoon, which seems rather poor show for a venue that is being used for seminars (I feel sorry for the people presenting the seminars who were having to shout over the racket).