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Mission Statement

Organise and foster business-to-business networking events, promote camaraderie and encourage local businesses and organisations to support and trade with each other.

Develop policies and lobby Wolverhampton Council to promote a more vibrant local economy.

Interact with other business groups and stakeholders to help them to achieve their objectives, and encourage the sharing of best practice and other knowledge and skills with local businesses.


Roy Bernard

From humble beginnings, born in East Park Wolverhampton what you can achieve if you put your energy into it.
Roy was born in East Park Wolverhampton in the late 50’s and went to school in our city.

He first started in business at 18 selling antiques locally. When the market decreased, he moved to the USA for seven years where he refurbished hotels and supplied them with antiques.

Aged 26, he returned to the UK and started to re-invest his USA profits into property and care homes, where he built up a portfolio of 15 homes and sold out aged 38 for £15m.

Roy very quickly decided he did not want to retire and started another care home group which he built up to 87 homes. In 2006 he sold out half for £25m and moved to Monaco for six years and managed his assets from a distance.

In 2014 he moved back to London and with his two sons has re-built up a group of 34 homes, the Mount Hotel and a shopping centre. Roy also has a house in Penn and spends much time in our city. He gives £25,000 per year to the Youth Zone.

Roy’s net worth is conservatively valued at over £100m, and as such we believe he is our city’s most successful self-made entrepreneur.

Be prepared for a hurricane of ideas, step by step strategies and some frantic note taking…

Simon Ball

Simon was born in Shrewsbury in the late 70’s and left school at 17. He started work as a trainee buildings designer and estimator for a small family run firm in North Shropshire. After completing college and his training program, he worked for Lowfields as a Sales & Estimating Manager. At 31 after a chance meeting, he decided he would like to go into business on his own and borrowed money against his house and started Timber Kit Solutions with Carvers as a 50% partner.

TKS has grown from a £0.5m turner to its present £3m, paying off all its set-up borrowings after five years and makes more than a 5% return on sales.

Simon believes he has created a unique niche for designing and building timber frame houses which are generally brick clad, but the frame can accept other forms of exterior finish. These are now heavily specified by social housing groups and increasingly by the private sector and self-build market. These homes are highly insulated, environmentally friendly, help de-skill building and can be erected in five days. A truly innovative product to suit the current market demands.


Registration is from 1830 for 1900 start


Carvers Building Supplies

Exhibition Stands – £20 SOLD OUT

People who attend our events are looking to make great deals, engage with new suppliers and make that initial contact in order to build lasting business relationships. Why not book a business stand at this event, bring along your marketing marketing materials and dazzle us with what you have to offer -only £20.00.When you register you can pay for a stand as well. We do not offer refunds and your stand is non transferable.

100 A4/A5 leaflets on seats – £10

We will be providing a bag to each delegate containing leaflets/flyers and the agenda for the evening. Your one-page leaflet can be included in these bags for £10. The leaflets must be dropped into Carvers Building Supplies reception by the morning of the 27th of November 2017, at the latest, for the attention of Lizzie Carr. When you register you can pay for the flyer inserts as well.



Event Charge

Wolverhampton Business Forum is a non-profit making organisation. All our steering committee members contribute their time free of charge. Any money raised at events goes into providing the facilities to make the event successful.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to fund our usual free high quality buffet without making a small charge. We feel that the buffet is an integral part of the evening as it allows our delegates to relax and take time to make connections and network with each other.

Therefore, we are introducing a very modest fee to attend the event of £3. Yes just £3 for at least two great speakers, a high quality comfortable location, buffet and drinks, entry into our raffle prize which features several prizes, and networking with between 100 and 150 other local business people. I’m sure you will agree that this is a very small contribution to make towards a great evening.


Raffle tickets are now included in the booking fee. Please remember to bring your business cards for a change to win.


Call 01902 577 000 for more details about the event.
We look forward to meeting you and answer any questions you have.

Registration is from 1830 for prompt 1900 start
WBF do not endorse any organisations who attend the event.
If you don’t want to be photographed during the event please let the photographer know on the night.
When you register for an event you will be among the first to receive information of upcoming events. If you do not want to receive emails from us please email
Location Carvers Builders Merchant
Little's Ln
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1JY
01902 577 000
Hosted By WBF

November 30, 2017