8.00 am – Networking Breakfast

Attendance must be booked in advance

Book for Expo Breakfast

The day will start with a networking breakfast, this year it will be a bigger more informal breakfast allowing you to do more networking. 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!  

Attendance of over 100 local business leaders and VIPs.



9.30am – Official Opening

The Expo will be officially opened at 9.30am with speeches from the President of Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Forbes Low and the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Thay Thayalan.

The Expo is free to attend and open all day from 9.30am – 4.30pm.


Main Stage

11.30am – Francesca Monaco, Augmentable Marketing

Essential marketing for success

The fundamentals of having a marketing strategy, how to create one, the questions you should ask yourself or your marketing team and putting it together to create an effective plan. A practical session, bringing together industry examples to help you understand how to make a real difference to your business. Francesca is MD of Augmentable Marketing and Vice Chair of CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) South East Region.



2.00pm – Funding the growth of your business

Funding is a vital part of business growth, but what is the right type of funding for your business and how do you access it? We have selected a panel of experts to advise on what the different options are and give you their top tips on successfully achieving the funding you need whatever stage you are at. Find out your best route to finance whether you are a startup looking for an initial investment or an established business looking to expand, purchase a property or simply get a short-term bridging loan. The finance panel includes:

Peter Baker, Global Trade and Receivables Finance Manager for HSBC– How can your high street bank help you start or grow a business and what are they looking for in a funding application.

Tom Eilon, Head of Commercial for Funding Circle – Business loans funded by thousands of investors on the UK’s no.1 platform for small business loans. What is peer-to-peer lending and is it the right choice to help your business

Bruce Burrowes, Kingston Burrowes Finance – Discover the benefits of using a professional independent commercial broker. How to secure the finance you need and find out what investors are looking to invest in?

Filippo Selini, Canbury Secret Cafe – Filippo will talk about his experience of using crowdfunding to launch his business. The Canbury Secret project regenerated a derelict toilet block, out of use since 1984, into a seasonal café based in Canbury Gardens, Kingston.



10.30am – Dr Joanna Yarker, Kingston University

6 steps to Return to Work: A toolkit to help small business manage absence

Jo is passionate about understanding what we can do to foster fulfilling, healthy and productive work, particularly under times of challenge
such as when individuals are unwell or under pressure. Her team has developed a free online toolkit to support the return to work process following mental health absence. It is specifically designed to help smaller businesses navigate the return to work process and ultimately retain staff longer. This session will share top tips to help you get your employees back to working in a happy, healthy and productive way.
Joanna is a Director of Affinity Health at Work, a niche consultancy specialising in health and wellbeing at work, and Kingston Business School, where she works as an Associate Professor, leading the Masters and Professional Doctorate programmes in Occupational and Business Psychology. Watch our 1 minute animation

Check out the toolkit and let us know what you think:


1.30pm – Paul Hudson , IQin.IT

How easy is it to hack into your business?

Paul is a certified ethical hacker with in-depth knowledge of data protection and processes that need to be adopted by businesses to comply with data protection and cybersecurity.  Paul will show you just how easy it is to put your data at risk, how hackers compromise your IT security and importantly what you can do about it.

Find IQinIT on stand A13



Silent Speed Learning Stage

The speed learning stage will offer a rolling programme of short seminars to engage and educate with bite-sized business knowledge. Grab your headphones and tune into our amazing array of speakers.

The stage will be facilitated by Edwina Hughes of Eddy & Co Ltd

Edwina is a highly experienced, independent facilitator and an expert coach and trainer, Edwina harnesses her passionate belief in personal and business development working with individuals and organisations to promote growth and development. With over twenty year’s cross-sector experience, she brings a mix of knowledge, practical advice and motivating spirit to clients.

10.30am – Amanda Cullen, Business Made Simpler

3 Things you must know to make your business successful

Many small business owners do a great job of working in their business and delivering to their clients but find it much harder to stand back and assess where their business is heading. Amanda will share three things you must know in order to grow your business successfully. Find Amanda in the Advisor Zone.



11.00am – Nigel Philpott, Primary Business Finance

The not about Finance seminar – it’s the mission success that matters

Perhaps surprisingly this seminar will seek to avoid talking about finance per se. Instead and in line with the speaker’s background, this seminar will present some interesting military illustrations depicting the positive activities and operational advantage that forces/organisations can enjoy when they have the right freedoms to manoeuvre and the right mission support

Find Nigel on Stand 6


11.30am – Tom Sharman, Reddie & Grose LLP

Protecting Creativity

Reddie & Grose is a firm of patent and trademark attorneys who advise many start-up businesses on protecting their intellectual property.

Find Tom Sharman from Reddie & Grose in the Advisor Zone



12.00pm – David O’Keeffe, Aiglon Consulting

Reward your innovation: incentives for innovative companies

All businesses will be innovating to some extent in order to stay ahead of the competition and grow. The government provides a range of financial incentives to support and encourage innovative companies, especially SMEs. David will give you an overview of three important incentives and his top tips for successfully claiming them.

Find David in the Advisor Zone


12.30pm – Sandra Porter, HR Dept

5 Top Tips for Solving your People Problems

All businesses suffer with people issues as they grow. These can often be the issues that keep SME owners awake at night and stop a business from reaching its full potential. I will be sharing my 5 Top Tips for preventing people problems in the future, so that you can do what you do best.

Find Sandra on Stand A11



1.00pm – Matthew Carlton, Shine Workplace Wellbeing

How a Workplace Wellbeing Scheme Can Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage

Research proves that companies with an employee wellbeing scheme have more engaged, productive and loyal staff. However, establishing and maintaining schemes – particularly for small and medium sized firms – can be tricky. This engaging seminar provides examples and advice to help you get a scheme off the ground or to provide inspiration if your existing scheme needs a boost. 

Find Matthew on Stand A5



1.30pm – Denise Quinlan, Insightful Images

Key images to grow your business – and yes, that does include you!

Denise Quinlan of Insightful Images, a specialist in profile photos for business, reviews imagery for your website and social media accounts to build:
• Credibility
• Empathy
• Interaction
• And ultimately sales!
Pick up top tips and find out why having no business profile photo at all is putting you at a disadvantage!

Find Denise and her PhotoBooth next to the Advisor Zone



2.00pm – David Hillier, Kingston College


As a highly regarded provider of FE and HE Kingston College has a reputation for developing innovative and dynamic training solutions for a wide range of public and private sector employers of all sizes, from SMEs to large multinationals. 

Find Kingston College on Stand A2



2.30pm – Giulia Iannucci, KnowThyBrand


The Importance of Branding for your Business

KnowThyBrand is a branding and digital marketing consultancy. Offering guidance and strategic direction, we help clients define and develop successful brands that bring real value to the bottom line. Leveraging highly effective tactical tools, we then help them create professional and compelling digital marketing campaigns.

Find Giulia in the Advisor Zone.


3.00pm – Justin Biddle, Staxoweb

10 Tips for getting more new business from your website

High level talk about how to use Digital platforms more effectively to increase the number of leads that your website generates.  Staxoweb is a digital agency based in Richmond upon Thames working with clients on branding, design, website, and digital marketing solutions.

Find Staxoweb on Stand 7



Advisor Zone

To facilitate local businesses with their growth, knowledge and skill base, we have launched an advisor zone to enable visitors to access free expert advice throughout the day in a dedicated space.

See who the advisors are and book a free advice session


Speed Networking

Omni Local Business Networking will be running the speed networking at the Kingston Business Expo.

Speed Networking will take place at 11.00am  & 1.00pm

These are free to attend but places are limited, please register to take part on arrival at the expo.


3.30pm Networking Drinks Reception

Join us for a complimentary drinks reception at the end the day, network with fellow exhibitors and attendees and see who won the stand prizes.  We will also hear from our reception sponsor Russell-Cook LLP



Register to attend the Expo HERE