SME XPO Launch Highlights: Insights from Eaun Blair, Holly Tucker, Dr Paw Paw and other business leaders

As we head into day two of the inaugural SME Xpo, following an action packed launch day with over thousands of attendees, we are delighted to share a few highlights from yesterday’s launch day:

Euan Blair, Founder and CEO of Multiverse discussed the importance of apprenticeships and why they can help address the ‘talent gap’ facing businesses of all sizes. With hiring harder than ever, Euan also highlighted how SMEs can access funding to deliver training to their staff or new hires.

Successful entrepreneur Holly Tucker MBE kicked off with a keynote speech discussing the importance of story telling for her brand, the lessons she’s learnt along the way and the importance of having an emotional connection with your customer.

Trading Insights in the face of Brexit were delivered by VAT IT Reclaim CEO Selwyn Stein. A practical session looking at the UK’s transition to help ensure businesses are prepared including VAT Regime navigation, import, export & customs rules and more.

A panel debate focusing on building a business during the pandemic. It focused on the removal of boundaries and being prepared for the unexpected such as utilising social media as a marketplace. Other highlights included sustainability and taking action on climate change as a business and cross border trading and more.

TODAY SME Expo will lead on the future of business and Scaling Up:

Tej Levani (Vitabiotics CEO and former Dragon’s Den Dragon) will discuss the benefits of growing rather than selling a business.
Digital tidal waves and how it can improve efficiency and increased production as well as faster communication, new collaborations, better content management and access to analytics data.
Data use for wider business to help manage, lead and grow business
Recovery Plan for rebuilding London’s tourism and hospitality sector
Keynote Address by Debbie Wosskow OBE – her story on selling Love Home Swap for $53 million
The benefits of Tik Tok to SMEs, demonstrating how businesses can engage with customers in new ways
Masterclass on Crowdfunding and characteristics of successful campaigns
Guidance on raising money in 2022, digital marketing for SME growth, creating value for CSR programmes, scaling up and more.