8.30am Registration

9.25am Opening Welcome Rachel Neaman, Advisory Board Member at Digital Leaders

9.30am Opening Remarks from Conference Chair Mark Thompson, Strategy Director at Methods Digital


9.35am Session 1: The Growing Importance of Digital Adoption for the SME sector

A great line-up of speakers representing well-known brands supporting the UK’s small business sector in its adoption of digital technology. Each speaker will present the role they are playing in promoting greater adoption of digital services by SMEs, ranging from the latest research on SME’s adoption of technology, through to market-leaders who are supporting the sector to transform.

9.35am Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet

9.45am Katie O’DonovanPublic Policy and Government Relations Manager at Google

9.55am Vincent Slevin, Head of European Mobile Strategy (CX & SMB) at Samsung Electronics Europe

10.05am Edoardo Volta, VP for Business Development, SME at Mastercard UK&I

10.15am Speakers Q&A Session with the morning speakers who will take questions from the floor


10.30am In conversation with the UK Government’s Entrepreneur in Residence

Simon Devonshire, Entrepreneur in Residence, Interviewed by Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of GrantThornton

In front of a live audience, Sacha Romanovitch will interview Simon Devonshire in a lively and challenging debate about SMEs, technology, investment and his role as the UK Government’s Entrepreneur in Residence.

11.00am Coffee Break: Exhibition and Networking


11.30am Session 2: Collaborative Partnerships. Inspiring innovation and Ideas

Collaborative partnerships help generate ideas which create the spark for innovation. This session will showcase the work of four organisations including: providers of the tech and digital tools allowing small businesses to take advantage of the latest innovation in the digital payments; a programme that helps and incubates SMEs; the latest ideas for using the Cloud to make digital transformation affordable; and an exploration of the opportunities for the SMEs to export their innovative expertise post-Brexit.

11:30am SMEs Accelerator Programme - James Alexander, SME Accelerate Programme Lead at CGI

11.40am Cloud for SMEs Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud

11.50am SMEs Working with Government to Drive Growth – Seth Finegan, UK CEO of Informed Solutions

12.00pm Panel discussion with the speakers


12.30pm Inspiring stories from a selected number of digital start-ups

Three technology-based start-ups will share how new business models, the use of technology and rethinking of the interaction between organisations and their customers is disrupting traditional business models and showing the opportunities for SMEs to access previously inaccessible markets, and achieve rapid growth in a short space of time.

We will hear from:
Tatiana Krivolutskaya, Business development at Mercaux
Garrett Goodman, Director of Business Development for EMEA at Wochit
Max Kreijn, Co-Founder at NearSt

1.00pm Lunch: Exhibition and Networking


2.00pm Afternoon Interactive Sessions

2.00pm Facilitated Table Discussions

Time for audience participation. After lunch we will be rolling-up our sleeves and getting to work through table discussions inspired by ideas shared by the representatives from Growth Hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Chamber of Commerce.

2.10pm Big Idea Pitch 1 - Stephen Fry, CEO of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and Rob Earnshaw, Director of Digital City

Each speaker will share two actions which they would like Margot James, Small Business Minister, to consider when developing Government policy supporting and enabling the small business sector in digital adoption. Following a round of table discussions audience will be invited to vote for their preferred action by taking an online poll. The winning idea will be shared with BEIS and Minister Margot James.

3.00pm Big Idea Pitch 2 - Catherine Knivett from the London LEP and Emma Cheshire, Strategic Advisor – Tech and Innovation at Manchester Growth Company

Both will pitch ideas they think are worth considering to ensure greater adoption of digital within the SME sector. Following another round of table discussions, using their phones, the audience will take part in creating instant word cloud identifying their favourite ideas.


3.45pm Closing Keynote

Nick WilliamsManaging Director, Consumer Digital at Lloyds Banking Group

3.55pm Closing Remarks and Prize Draw from Conference Chair Mark Thompson

4.00pm Conference Close & Afternoon Tea