Global Trade Show supports entrepreneurs and business development
08 May. 2019

Global Trade Show supports entrepreneurs and business development

Business opportunities, networks and knowledge for entrepreneurs and small businesses are a key focus of the 2019 Global Trade Show of Networking and Match-Making South Africa (GTS 2019). Now in its third year, GTS 2019 takes place from 29 to 31July 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

“As a business and trade exhibition that showcases thousands of products across various import and export opportunities, GTS 2019 connects people seeking to establish a business, grow a business or diversify a business with the right people,” explains Anina Hough, a director at GTS Africa (Pty) Ltd, organisers of the show.  

Entrepreneur Focus

“Access to markets and strong networks are two of the main obstacles facing entrepreneurs,” says Hough. “The Global Trade Show of Networking and Match-Making South Africa offers a unique platform for entrepreneurs to explore local and international markets, as well as to develop business linkages across the globe.  Embassies, trade missions, government, parastatals, associations and companies  support GTS, giving entrepreneurs access to many markets.”

“With more than six million people in South Africa currently unemployed and youth unemployment  at over 52% we aim to play a significant and constructive role in addressing this,” continues Hough. 

A series of “Entrepreneurs in Action” workshops are being planned.  In addition to these, a number of events, workshops and sessions will take place alongside the exhibition, addressing topics such as export opportunities, the Africa Free Trade Initiative, Industry 4.0, e-commerce – all topics that entrepreneurs need to know about to boost their success.  “This is also an excellent opportunity for new graduates who have specialised in other areas,” adds Hough.

The popular BRICS Countries’ Business Breakfast and Roundtable Women in Business Session will feature again this year. A focused one-on-one matchmaking programme will also be hosted throughout the event.

GTS incorporates 4 co-located shows: Tools and Build South Africa 2019 (TBS 2019), Smart Electronics and Security 2019 (SES 2019), Household and Appliances South Africa 2019 (HAS 2019), and Food and Beverage South Africa 2019 (FBS 2019).

Access to Markets

“The show is fast becoming known as the gateway to business opportunities and growth,” continues Hough. “Its diversity – in terms of industries, products and services exhibited and participating countries - means that our exhibitors access more opportunities in one place, at one time.”

 “The quality of visitor who attends the show is one of the factors that sets GTS apart,” continues Hough. “As many as 95% of our exhibitors at GTS 2018 generated leads.  And several deals were concluded at the show, positively changing the lives of business owners and businesses forever.”

For more information on the Global Trade Show 2018, please contact Anina Hough on +27 (0) 83 260 8131 Email: