Expo connects SMEs and entrepreneurs with industry experts

Attendees will get the chance to hear from and speak to some of the best in their field at the 2022 SME XPO, which takes place over two days in London in May.

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As we gradually emerge from the pandemic in a world where the way we work has been turned on its head, SMEs and entrepreneurs are under increasing pressure to adapt, respond and grow in new ways.

Taking place on 25 and 26 May at Olympia and free to attend, the SME XPO will feature top speakers including Holly Tucker MBE, founder of notonthehighstreet and Tej Lalvani, CEO of Vitabiotics and ex-Dragon.

Visitors will also be able to interact with the founders of Innocent and Olio.

“We’re seeing a shift towards SME start-ups that’s going to keep growing,” says Tucker. “Any time that we can get people together — networking, telling stories, sharing vulnerability, sharing experience — it’s just incredible how many opportunities it creates. After this bleak time where we’ve all felt very, very isolated and vulnerable, that’s more important than ever.”

“The pandemic was a huge seismic shift to digital, especially direct-to-consumer selling,” adds Lalvani. “And, of course, there have also been changes in employee working practices, Brexit, new export and VAT regulations kicking in and supply chain issues. That’s all created so much confusion and raised so many questions that small business start-ups would like to have answered.”

There is due to be over 4000 attendees who will discuss topics like tapping into new markets and trading post-Brexit. There will also be a chance to hear from experts about investment, scaling up and ESG.

SME XPO will be running simultaneously alongside sister event The Watercooler. Both under the same roof, The Watercooler will see the nation’s leading minds in workplace wellbeing come together to discuss strategies, innovations and ways to improve businesses’ wellbeing footprint and workforce productivity.

Register for free at www.smexpo.co.uk

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