2019 Programme below – 2020 to be announced

8.00 am – Networking Breakfast

Attendance must be booked in advance 

The day will start with a networking breakfast, this will be an informal breakfast allowing you to get a head start on the days networking, make contacts and seek out valuable connections while enjoying a delicious choice of breakfasts!  We will hear from our sponsor HSBC and with an attendance of up to 100 local business leaders and VIPs it is a great opportunity to make new connections. 


10.45 am – Business Resilience: Practical Steps to Prepare for Brexit

Cutting through the Brexit confusion to bring help to Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across London.  Whether you’re the owner of a Small or Medium sized business; an employee or an entrepreneur, you’re probably wondering what changes Brexit will bring to your business.

When the UK leaves the EU, the commercial environment as we know it will change. This may cause disruption for business – but it could equally mean unexpected opportunities. This practical sessions offers information and advice from Brexit experts to help SMEs anticipate the coming changes.


– What the Brexit negations could mean for your businesses

– How to use Brexit information resources

– How to do business in a post-Brexit world

– How to deal with uncertainty and spot opportunities

Presented by Sietske de Groot
Sietske is a well-known and recognised EU expert. Before setting up her own consultancy TradePeers Ltd, she represented the Federation of Small Businesses at EU level.  Sietske has worked on EU legislation and free trade deals throughout her career, and knows what reasonably can and cannot be expected from the Brexit negotiations, and how specific rules may change. During her time at the FSB, Sietske has been closely involved in the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TradePeers Ltd is a consultancy that specialises in helping organisations prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU. TradePeers explains the nitty-gritty of the talks between the EU and the UK in plain English so organisations can optimise their planning.


NAVIGATING BREXIT FOR SMEs We- A delivery partner for the Mayor of London / LEAP / London Growth Hub (LGH) Navigating Brexit for SMEs programme offering FREE training to 1500 SMEs across all 33 London Local Authorities during 2019

The Brexit Resilience Seminar will take place at 10.45am, the team will be available all day in our dedicated Brexit corner and will be happy to answer your questions and offer 1 to 1 basis


12.00 pm – LinkedIn Live Meet-Up

For many attendees, coming to the expo is all about making new connections.  We have decided to have a LinkedIn live meet-up to connect as many of you as possible!   If you wish to participate, all you need is the LinkedIn Mobile App on your phone and to be in the room with us at midday,  you can then see all the people attending and make new connections.


12.15 pm – Discover the power of LinkedIn Ads

A hands-on workshop from Business Clan.

Learn how to use the LinkedIn Ads platform to generate awareness and leads as well as to increase sales. Business Clan’s digital marketing team will provide a walk-through on how to set up your first ad campaign and discuss some of the essentials of creating an effective and successful ad on LinkedIn. With a focus on Sponsored Content Ads, you will learn how to set up LinkedIn Campaign Manager, how to create target audiences, decide on the right call to action, set your budget and monitor progress.

This will be a practical classroom setting where you can log into your account on our PC’s (or bring your own laptop if you prefer) and create your ad in real time with the support of the Business Clan team.  You will need a LinkedIn Company Page to get started.

Capacity is limited so please register on arrival at the expo to guarantee your place.

Business Clan are a multi award-winning business consultancy and professional services company, drop by their stand to meet some of the team and find out more about the services they provide.


2.00 pm – Fastrack To Famous – how to create rockstar PR on a budget

by Sally Brockway of Wow PR

Need some help with PR, but don’t have a huge budget to pay for a top agency?

Wow PR founder Sally Brockway is a journalist with a broad range of experience spanning 30 years.  Having worked for national newspapers, women’s magazines, lifestyle magazines, interiors magazines, online publications, TV listings magazines and PR companies, Sally instinctively knows how to create stories that get placed.

What makes a story newsworthy, how do you write the perfect press release and pitch it?

Come and hear her top tips to enable you to secure your own media coverage, harness online opportunities and get the most from your social media.  Learn how to discover your own unique story – the thing that will make journalists, bloggers, radio show hosts etc want to talk and write about you.


10.15 am & 1.00 pm – Speed Networking  

We will be running two speed networking sessions during the expo.

These are free to attend but places are limited, please register at the Omni Local Business Networking stand to take part on the day.

“It was great but very fast moving, I was a bit unsure at first but I soon got into it and found I met more contacts than your average networking events”

3.30pm – Networking Drinks  

Join us for a complimentary drinks reception at the end the day, network with exhibitors and attendees and see who won the stand prizes.

We will also hear from our reception sponsor Laithwate’s Wines in Surbiton.