Tomorrow: Expo East 2019

Tomorrow, Expo East will once again bring together companies and professionals from a range of industries from the counties that neighbour Lincolnshire.

Brought to you by CityX, the organisers of the Lincolnshire Business Expo, and Invest Newark & SherwoodExpo East is a B2B exhibition connecting businesses across the East of England.

Expo East 2019 will take place on Thursday, May 16 at Newark Showground from 9am – 3pm.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the first ever Expo East event at Newark Showground on April 25, connecting businesses across the East of England.

The day saw more than 70 exhibitors and 23 speakers across 11 events.

This year, East East 2019 has been proudly sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, Soper BMW and Peachy Events.

Take a look at the full agenda for Expo East 2019:


The Exec Club Breakfast

  • When: 7.45am – 9am
  • Where: Cedric Ford Pavillion

The Exec Club Breakfast at Expo East is brought to you by Streets Chartered Accountants. This is an exclusive breakfast hosted in the Cedric Ford Pavilion at Newark Showground, aimed at Chief Executives and the Managing and Senior Directors of the East Midlands’ most successful businesses and organisations.

The breakfast includes:

  • 7.45am: Arrival
  • 8am Full English Breakfast
  • 8am Address by Sir John Peace
  • 8.50am Second Address TBA
  • 9am Breakfast to finish, guests are invited across the the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall for the remainder of the event

Sir John Peace chairs Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine. He has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. He is a Founder, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Experian plc, former Chief Executive of GUS Plc, former Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and until July 2018 was Chairman of Burberry plc. He was knighted in 2011 for services to the business and voluntary sector, and has been Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire since 2012.

This event is free to attend but invitation only. You may register your interest to attend by emailing [email protected]


A Morning with Distract

  • When: 9.30am – 11am
  • Where: CityX Stage

A morning with award-winning digital marketing agency Distract. Learn from the experts on how to master digital and social media marketing and successfully grow your business as a result.

The morning includes:

  • 9.30am – 10am – Effective Hacks for Social Media Marketing from Head of Advertising at Distract, Tom Jacobs.
  • 10am – 11am – Panel: A Combined Approach to Digital Marketing, the panel includes:

IoD Presents: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • When: 11am – 12pm
  • Where: CityX Stage

Mental health issues can have a serious impact on business. When the IoD produced its mental health report in 2017, entitled ‘A Little More Conversation’, it became rapidly apparent that this is an issue that affects businesses on a large scale and one that needed further attention. The Chairman of the IoD for Greater Lincolnshire will lead a panel of experts from the Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Authority, Third Sector and the IoD to explore a range of issues related to this increasingly important topic.

The panel includes:


Business without Borders

  • When: 12pm – 1pm
  • Where: CityX Stage

Listen to the stories from three industry leaders on how they are successfully doing business regionally, nationally and globally:

  • 12pm – 12.20pm: Tom Cartledge – CEO of Handley House Group (Nottingham)
  • 12.20pm – 12.40pm: Ian Smith – Founder & Co-Director of VisionDrive (Lincoln)
  • 12.40pm – 1pm: John Robinson – CEO of Newark & Sherwood District Council (Newark)

Tech Talks

  • When: 1pm – 2pm
  • Where: CityX Stage

Listen to the stories from three tech entrepreneurs and their journey to disrupt the industry with new ideas:

  • 1pm – 1.20pm: Leo Scott Smith – CEO & Founder, Tended (Lincoln)
  • 1.20pm – 1.40pm: Sarah Mintey – CEO and Founder, Developing Experts (Norwich)
  • 1.40pm – 2pm: Robert Dawson – Co-Founder and Chief Veterinary Officer, Vet-Ai (Leeds)

5 Steps to a Better Financial Future

Charlie Reading

  • When: 2pm – 2.30pm
  • Where: CityX Stage

Charlie Reading, Chartered Financial Planner and founder of wealth management specialists, Efficient Portfolio, will take delegates through the easy steps that need to be taken to ensure a comfortable and sustainable financial future. Essential for business owners and employees alike, Charlie will run through the need for clarity in terms of planning ahead.

He will also cover ways to protect and grow your personal assets in a tax-efficient way. In a time where the future is uncertain, an appreciation of what you can at least control to some degree when it comes to investments and finances is welcome.


Building Your Business Through People

  • When: 2.30pm – 3pm
  • Where: CityX Stage

How employee engagement and “office culture” can either enhance or damage your brand – it’s in your hands!

When you think about HR, most people consider hiring and firing, disciplinaries and grievances as the main area that HR support them with, these are all areas that HR do add value however often missed is the opportunity to think about managing your most vital asset, your people, proactively.

In this short session Amica will talk about why having positive employee engagement can be a key component in supporting you to achieve your business goals proactively, looking at the effect both internally and externally on your business overall. On the flipside of this they will also cover when not having this in your HR toolkit can really trip you up and potentially cause legal issues, examining when simple issues often defined as “office culture” can actually cause you a real legal or procedural headache.