The theme for 2016 is Technology in Business and the event will take place as part of London Technology Week.


8.00am – 9.30am – Networking Breakfast

Attendance must be booked in advance

The day will start with a networking breakfast in the Centenary Cafe, situated on the first floor of the building behind the Business School.  The breakfast will be hosted by our sponsors HSBC.

A great opportunity to get a head start on the day, make contacts and seek out valuable connections while enjoying a delicious choice of breakfasts!



9.30am – Official Opening

The Expo will official open at 9.30am with speeches from the President of Kingston Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Kingston.

The Expo is free to attend and open all day from 9.30am – 4pm.  Below is the programme of events taking place throughout the day.


The 2017 programme will be confirmed soon.

In the meantime, this is what happened last year:

10.15am – Free Workshop

Staying Ahead of the Email Marketing Curve

The average marketer juggles nine channels yet email remains the workhorse of marketing activities, with 95% of marketers using it and nearly 80% pronouncing it as effective. How can businesses stay ahead of the curve and ensure that their marketing departments are fully utilising their email channel.  Are you one of many potentially missing out crucial opportunities to promote your brand in your day-by-day email communications?

Who should attend this workshop? Anyone who is responsible for email marketing and everyday business email.

What will they gain from the workshop? How to fully utilise email as a marketing channel.  How to export and view valuable email data and what you can do with it.

Workshop Presented by Francesca Monaco from Rocketseed (also exhibiting on Stand A7)


11.00am – Key Speaker: Mark Wright

Embracing the potential of digital technologyMark Wright Director Climb Online (3)

Mark Wright is an influential entrepreneur and self-taught digital marketing specialist. After winning The Apprentice 2014, Mark founded and developed one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies, Climb Online, in partnership with Lord Sugar.

Having turned over an impressive £1.7 million in its first year of trading alone, Climb Online now boasts a national presence and works with over 230 businesses from across the UK and overseas, including renowned brands Groupon, Company Check and Be Wiser Insurance. By the close of 2016 the agency is set to double its first year turnover, making it the most successful business founded through The Apprentice platform.

“My message at the Expo will be that not enough businesses are embracing the potential of digital technology and I think that a key reason is a fear of the unknown”


12.00pm & 2.00pm- Speed Networking

There are two speed networking sessions during the expo.  These are free to attend but places are limited, please go along to the Omni Local Business Networking stand to register to take part.


12.30pm – Top Tips for Awards Winners!

The Kingston Business Excellence Awards

If you are thinking of entering this years Business Excellence Awards, this seminar is a must!  Get tip tips on entering the awards, what the judges are looking for and how to make your application stand out from the crowd.

The Kingston Business Excellence Awards Team are also available to answer your questions throughout the day on stand 21


1.00pm – Free Workshop

Beyond Cyber Security

‘Beyond Cyber Security’ is all about how to secure every bit of your company IT and beyond. IQ in IT has teamed up with its partners Blue Solutions and Bitdefender, a global leader and award-winning anti-virus software firm.

Do not miss this opportunity to get the latest inside into cyber threats, computer security, how to protect your business and to understand why the biggest challenge still comes from inside your company.

Who should attend this workshop? This is relevant to all visitors of the Expo, SME’s, entrepreneurs & individuals.

What will they gain from the workshop? Comprehensive understanding of antimalware, spyware and firewalls.  How to protect your business from Cyber-attacks and avoid any financial loss

Workshop Presented by IQ in IT, Blue Solutions and Bitdefender (IQ in IT are also exhibiting on Stand A12)


2.00pm – Hack It Forward

Embracing the potential of digital technology

Over the course of two months, teams of students, residents and businesses will work together to come up with app and tech based solutions to problems submitted by charities and social enterprises.  Join us to hear the teams participate in a fast paced pitching session, hear the judges feedback and join in by voting for your favourite.

Speaker: Stephen O’BrienStephen OBrien_web

New Tech Opportunities for South West London
Stephen is a Digital Specialist and Managing Partner at Beticus Digital Consulting, with experience of delivering digital strategy and transformation, customer management and experience capability and performance programs for BlackBerry, Samsung, ITV, Bentley, Conran, News International and others.

To find out more, submit a challenge or get involved with a team visit


2.30pm – Free Workshop

NLP Means Business Excellence

What is the difference between companies that struggle and strive and those that flourish and thrive? It’s the difference between the thinking that leads to the behaviours and actions people take. During this workshop you will learn from NLP Master Trainer Steve Crabb how to transform your thinking. Steve is co-author of “Business Coaching & Mentoring for Dummies” and will share with the group techniques and strategies for “Transforming the Inner World of Thinking & Emotions”.

Steve was Head Assistant for Dr Richard Bandler (co-creator) of NLP and Paul McKenna (best selling self help author) and has coached over 3000 people and 30,000 on 3 continents. He runs a London based coaching and training practice; clients include Formula 1 racing team (world champions), Olympic medal winners, media stars, and globally recognised entrepreneurs. Combined with 30 years of business experience (director of 2 multi million pound businesses) Steve’s workshops are always relevant and will transform the way you think and behave and the results you achieve.

Who should attend this workshop? Anyone who wants to learn how to manage your thinking and behaviours and aspires to excellence.

What will they gain from the workshop? Attendees will learn new ways of thinking and how to access powerful states quickly and easily.

Workshop Presented by Steve Crabb of Steve Crabb Coaching Limited (also exhibiting on Stand A5)


3.30pm – Winners Reception and Open Networking

Join us after the Hack it Forward seminar to celebrate the winners with a glass of wine, network with visitors and exhibitors and reflect on the success of the day.

Register to attend the Expo HERE