World class speaker line up at the UK’s fastest growing event for small business leaders

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SME LIVESME Live has announced its final speaker line up for the event on 16 and 17 October 2018.

Across the two days, the free to attend seminar programme, will cover over 60 hours of content, delivered across seven theatres, all aimed at giving attendees the ideas and inspiration to take their business to the next level of growth.

Highlights include: Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine speaking about a partnership with a vision for growth, Richard Hanscott, CEO, Yell Business speaking on how business marketing needs to adapt in a constantly changing world and Ruth Chapman of PWC speaking about challenging assumptions and unlocking true growth potential.

James Ashwood, SME Live managing director, commented: “SME live is about giving businesses a competitive edge. We are focusing on four key themes that all businesses need to address in order to grow; winning more customers, raising funding, slicker processes and building a winning workforce.

“Our seminar programme reflects this, and we are delighted with the quality of speaker and topics that will be presented over the two days of the show.”

Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine chairman added: “We are delighted to be partnering with SME Live. The Midlands is home to 800,000  businesses most of which are SMEs and sole traders, and it is great that  SME Live is taking place here in the Midlands at the National Exhibition Centre.

“The £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund has been launched to provide finance to SMEs, and this in turn has been bolstered by a £370m Barclays Growth Fund.

“Our core purpose is to create a Midlands Engine that powers the UK economy and competes on the world stage; SME Live gives us a great platform to help promote our vison to the businesses of the region.”

To register for a free ticket to attend the event, go to

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