SME XPO Reveals further details on this years themes of this years show

Steph Douglas

There is less than two weeks to go until The Evening Standard’s SME XPO, a must-attend event for small and medium-sized businesses.

SME XPO will feature 4000+ visitors, 100+ exhibitors, 60+ conference speakers, 6 keynotes and 100+ hours of free learning on scaling-up, investment, ESG and the future of business. ‘Scaling Up’  is the main theme for this year’s event with multiple talks focused on this topic to help entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of growing their business.

The event is brimming with experts speakers, who will share their insights and practical advice for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses, for example:

  • “How to secure Investment for Raisng and Scaling” by Julia Elliott Brown, Equity fundraising Expert
  • “Scailing up Without Damaging Sustainability” Featuring by Sahar Hashemi, Co-Founder of Coffee Republic & Skinny Candy, Katie Lopes, Founder of Stripe & Stare and Paul Brown, Founder of BOL Foods
  • “Scaling up Via Bank Finace and Angels” Featuring by Jeremy King, Founder of Attest,

Rob Abrahams, Co-Founder of Coat Paint and Lucile Cornet, Partner at Eight Roads

Another major theme of the event is Technology, a major driver in the running of a business, entrepreneurs need to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments, topics to be covered include:

  • “Winning at Social – How to Navigate the Opportunities & Pitfalls of Social Media” with Ed East, Founder of Billion Dollar Boy, Sedge Beswick, Founder of SEEN Connects and Sarah Ashcroft, Influencer & Founder of SLA
  • “VCS on the Tech of the Future” with Rob Kniaz, Co-founder of Hoxton Ventures, Harry Briggs, Managing Partner at OMERS Ventures and Gregory Dewerpe, Founder of Proptech
  • “Cyber Security & Data Safety – How to Protect Your Business” with Venetia Archer, Founder of Ruuby, Stav Pischits, CEO of Cynance
and Charles Delingpole, Founder of The Student Room and Sean Towns, Systems Engineer EMEA, Dell

In addition, the event will also feature a section of talks called ‘Future Trends’, where attendees can get a glimpse of the latest innovations and technologies that are set to shape the future of business, these talks include:

  • “Being A Female Founder – Beating The Odds To Business Success” Featuring Steph Douglas Don’t Buy Her Flowers, (pictured above) Sophie Baron, Founder of Mama Made, Trinny Woodall, founder and CEO of Trinny London and moderated by Dr Anino Emuwa, Managing Director at Avandis Consulting & Founder 100 Women @ Davos
  • “London: The New Palo Alto?”  Featuring Saul Klein, Entrepreneur, Investor & Tech Campaigner,  Mazdak Sanii, Co-founder & CEO of Avant Arte, Pierre Dutaret, Serial Entrepreneur & Founder & CEO of Libeo and Moderated by Richard Burge, CEO, of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • “Office, Hybrid Or Wfh, Tackling Modern Workplace Culture & Wellbeing” Featuring Iain Griffin, Founder of Seatfrog, Greg Marsh, founder of, Author of The Successful Hybrid Team and Moderated by Graham James, Chief Revenue Officer of Sodexo Engage.

In addition, The Evening Standard’s SME XPO is also excited to announce that Google will join its stellar line up of partners as headline sponsor. Google is the world’s leading search engine and technology giant and during SME XPO will be promoting its operating system ChromeOS.

Michael Wyatt, Director Chrome Enterprise EMEA at Google comments “The UK throws away the equivalent of 40 laptops every second. With SMEs accounting for 99% of the UK business population, these organisations play a vital role in building a sustainable future with IT. ChromeOS is delighted to be partnering with the Evening Standard on the SME XPO event to highlight how every business can reduce their energy consumption and give their existing devices a second life with ChromeOS Flex”.

Building on the success of its launch event, the Evening Standard’s SME XPO 25-26 April 2023 at ExCeL London, once again invites founders, entrepreneurs and business leaders to attend an action-filled two-day programme andexhibition connecting the scaleup community, a vital part of the UK economy. Register for your free ticket: