OUR HISTORY

How did it all start? BizX, which was previously known as The Business Excellence Forum and Awards or BEFA in short.

Each year, BizX brings thousands of business owners together where they’re able to learn from global thought leaders. 

The BizX Forum and Awards 2019

–  2011

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards

Miami, USA

2011 was the birth of the Business Excellence Forum and Awards (BEFA) which later on become The BizX Forum and Awards. The idea started when Brad Sugars, founder of ActionCOACH held a conference for a community of business coaches. BEFA was created to celebrate the success of business owners and their journey and a place where business owners can learn from top business coaches and leaders.

–  2012

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards

Reading, England

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards (BEFA) expanded into Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2012, Reading was the first location outside the USA to host the BEFA. This allowed UK business owners to attend and learn from the global thought leaders speaking at BEFA.

–  2013

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards

Cascais, Portugal 

In February 2013, BEFA13 took place at the Mirage Hotel, Cascais, Portugal on 8th and 9th February 2013. This become the first BEFA event in Europe. BEFA13 had two internationally recognised speakers, Sir Clive Woodward and ActionCOACH Founder and Chairman Brad Sugars.

–  2014

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards

Brighton, England 

In 2014, BEFA came back to the UK and was held at the Brighton Hilton Metropole in East Sussex, England. There were more than 500 attendees in the room ranging from Business Owners, Sole Traders, C-Suite Executives and Business Coaches. 

The conference had a lineup of 4 great speakers; ActionCOACH Founder, Brad Sugars, a military officer in the British Army; Col. Tim Collins, Founder of the Thought Expansion Network, Jonathan MacDonald and professional speaker on The Psychology of Persuasion, Philip Hesketh.

  

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–  2015

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards,

Grândola, Portugal 

In 2015, BEFA returned to Portugal, this time at the Tróia Design Hotel Conference Centre. With 6 headline speakers, Brad Sugars, Dr. Tony Alessandra, Andrew Strauss OBE, Dr. Mark Bawden, John Davy and Marisa Peer.

Both the Business Excellence Forum and the Business Excellence Awards exist to recognise and honour the innovation, passion, risk-taking and results some of the best companies and business owners in the world.

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–  2016

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards, BEFA16 Celtic Manor, Wales

The first BEFA event in Wales! In 2016, BEFA took place at the prestigious Celtic Manor in Wales. Body language expert; Allan Pease and Author of write right; Paul Dunn expertly showed how to communicate effectively to your prospects and clients. High-performance athletic coach and coach to Olympian, Daley ThompsonFrank Dick OBE showed the audience what it takes to have a winning mindset. Founder and CEO of The Partyman Group of Companies; James Sinclair talked about growing and scaling a multi-million pound business. 

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–  2017

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards, BEFA17 Harrogate, England

In 2017, BEFA 17 took place at the Harrogate International Centre in Yorkshire. At this conference, the audience had the opportunity to learn from ActionCOACH Founder, Brad Sugars; an influential thinker on the science of high performance, Matthew Syed; A Consultant Psychiatrist working with the likes of Liverpool Football Club, Prof. Steve Peters; A world authority in helping successful leaders get even better, Marshall Goldsmith; A Psychology of Persuasion and Influence expert, Philip Hesketh and Serial Entrepreneur; Baroness Michelle Mone OBE.

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–  2018

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards, BEFA18 Liverpool, England

In 2018, the room was filled with more than 1,200 business owners, entrepreneurs and their team members. It soon became the talking point in Telford. Clive Woodward returned to the stage for the second time delivering a sensational talk on leadership.

International Sunday Times No.1 best-selling author, Michael Heppell hosted the event and had the crowd entertained throughout the 2 days.

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–  2019

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards, BEFA19 Telford, England

In 2019, the room was filled with more than 1,200 business owners, entrepreneurs and their team members. It soon became the talking point in Telford. Clive Woodward returned to the stage for the second time delivering a sensational talk on leadership.

International Sunday Times No.1 best-selling author, Michael Heppell hosted the event and had the crowd entertained throughout the 2 days.

BizX 2019 Speakers

–  2020

Business Excellence becomes BizX

After a successful Business Excellence Forum and Awards, it was time to modernise the brand. The vision for the new name allows us to become more than a conference. The BizX Form and Awards is to help even more business owners and entrepreneurs take their businesses to new heights.

BizX 2020 Cancelled

As the world entered an unforeseen pandemic, the UK went into lockdown and non-essential contact and travel were announced a month before the annual BizX Forum and Awards. This meant large events like the BizX couldn’t take place despite the greatest efforts the team tried. The economic crisis was affecting business owners across the world.

–  2021

BizX 2021 Virtual

In 2021, BizX went virtual for the first time! Due to the global crisis affecting social gatherings of large groups, BizX 2021 had to adapt. Attendees were able to learn from the world’s no.1 marketing expert Seth Godin, the king of sales Jeffrey Gitomer and business magnate, Lord Alan Sugar.

Britain’s most iconic TV presenter, Stephen Mulhern hosted the event in a virtual studio along with 16 world-leading speakers.

 

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–  2022

BizX 2022 Farnborough

At the end of March 2022, BizX 2022 brought together some of the world’s top business leaders. From world-renowned property experts to Wall Street Journal bestselling authors, the annual forum was an unmissable and an unforgettable experience for a captivated audience of 2,000 UK business owners.

The BizX 2022 event, hosted by Clare Balding and 16 global thought leaders, including former FBI hostage negotiator and author of Amazon’s No.1 bestseller in business negotiation, Chris Voss, a global authority on trust, leadership and Culture, Stephen M. R. Covey, and the world’s number 1 business coach Brad Sugars, to educate and inspire business owners from the UK and Europe.

 

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–  2023

BizX 2023 London

On April 20 and 21st 2023, we were joined by 12 global thought leaders speaking at the Excel London hosted by Gabby Logan. 

In 2023, we brough a diverse range of experts to talk about business. We have the queen of retail, Mary Portas. Dragon’s Den youngest investor, Steven Bartlett and many more… 

 

 

BizX 2023 London