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Ask The Expert


An exciting new feature for the 2020 Expo is the 'Ask The Expert' area.


'Ask the Expert' is a dedicated area within the Expo where Visitors can sit down with experts from many different areas of business expertise for a free one-to-one 15 minute consultation.


It will let business people explore new ideas and avenues in running their businesses and give them valuable take-away advice and ideas on a wide range of business topics, including (but not limited to):


Marketing eg Websites; Apps; automated selling; ecommerce; social media; conversion; analytics; PPC; using print

Technology eg VOIP, communications equipment; business broadband

Finance eg cashflow control; procurement; raising business finance; FD input

Personal Development eg Leadership; motivation; mentors; wellness

Business Development eg exporting; recruitment/HR; leadership & management; Sales training;



How it works...


Visitors don't have to pre-book to arrange these consultations prior to the Expo, they can simply turn up on the day and explore the advice available by visiting the Exhibition Stand of the appropriate Expert (indicated in red below) and arranging a sit-down meeting with them in the 'Ask The Expert' area either immediately or later in the day (subject to availability of Expert and space available in the 'Ask The Expert' area). If visitors would like to pre-book an appointment, please send an email to with the title 'Ask an Expert' along with the Topic and name of the Expert business and we'll put you in touch with each other prior to the expo to arrange.


Below we've listed the current Ask The Expert subject areas currently available (this list will grow in the run-up to the Expo, so please check back regularly for the latest updates)



Consult: Sarah L Coward, SLC Digital Marketing


Social Media for B2B - Management, Strategy, Content Creation

SEO Copywriting & Copywriting for all Marketing Literature

Blog writing and evaluation / strategy

Improving (and creating) LinkedIn Profiles and Company Pages

Writing effective News Releases and getting print media coverage

How to Improve your Marketing Materials - evaluation of brochures, newsletters , flyers etc


Consult: Greg Cooper, Front of Mind Expert Linkedin Coaching


1. Get an All Star Profile

2. Fine tune your profile to attract potential customers

3. Optimise your criteria for connecting

4. Define your target audience

5. Improve engagement on your posts

6. Find new opportunities in groups

7. Get advice on free v paid account


Consult: Jacquie Pinagli, Pinagli Telemarketing


Areas that can be discussed include:

• appointment-making

• lead generation

• invitations to events

• follow up to marketing initiatives

• list building

• 20 ways to use telemarketing

• planning a telemarketing campaign or activity

• 10 Top Tips for telemarketing

• sourcing data


Consult: Pete Bangham, OMMEC DIRECT


My business is 'Production experts to the Creative and Marketing departments '

producing Direct Mail products whether its a targeted postcard campaign to a letter or polythene wrapped mailing - we can now also offer paper wrap mailings

We also provide help in finding the right postage solutions



Consult: Mervyn Clingan, Taking Pictures


Consult me on all things Photography and Video Production for businesses and organisations.


Visit my stand between 11.30am until 12.00pm or alternatively 2.00pm until 2.30pm for a free Social media profile image of yourself that you can use on Linkedin etc


Consult: Jonathan Sherwin and Team, BathComms

We build digital solutions that serve our clients well, by pairing custom communications strategies with the appropriate technology

We would be delighted to have a chat to you about your:

• Digital Communications Strategy - More people to your website. The right people to your website.

• SEO - Technical, content focussed, results guaranteed

• eCommerce -  Our ecommerce websites perform strongly, communicate competently and function reliably




Consult: Kieren O'Connor, Growth Stream

Click to Pre-book appointment with Kieren

Kieren O'Connor from Growth Stream who will be on hand in the Business Clinics offering free 1-1 clinics to offer business growth and sales advice.


Here are a few of the topics you could speak to Kieren about:


  • Current sales teams daily structure
  • Lead handling process
  • Follow up and follow back process
  • Sales training and development of staff
  • Current sales teams daily structure





More experts/topics to be announced shortly




Consult: William Wood, Datasharp Integrated Communications



voice/data/mobile/video communications and collaboration, to help businesses benefit from modern technology.


We are vendor agnostic, so employ a consultative approach to aid people through the massive range of technologies now out there.




Consult: Helen Gore, Gore Consulting Ltd


Data and Business Intelligence Expert


• Microsoft specialist – SQL Server, Azure, Power BI, Dynamics

• Reporting and analytics - including Finance, Sales and Marketing

• Advice on data visualisation tools (e.g. Power BI vs Tableau)

• Aligning data from multiple different sources

• Data Warehouse and ETL programming

• Data strategy and architecture

• Power BI training

• Interim CTO/CIO cover




Consult: Computer Network Defence Ltd – Cyber Security Consultancy


Accessible Cyber certifications; Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) management and best practice

Office 365 (O365), secure settings and configuration

Enabling Multi-factor Authentication and it’s benefits

Network Security Monitoring – ensuring visibility across your network

Protecting your boundaries

Vulnerability management and patching

Organisational awareness – Phishing simulations





More experts/topics to be announced shortly



Consult: PG Owen Chartered accountants & financial advisors:

Topics: cashflow control; procurement; raising business finance; FD input; cloud accounting software and integration with other software


Consult: The Pension Solutions Group


• Flexibility and control over your pension investments coupled with the means to boost growth in your company with our Small Self-Administered Schemes (SSAS). These pensions offer clear and measurable advantages for UK business owners who could save tens of thousands every year while growing a retirement fund.

• Tax-efficient ownership of commercial property and the means to better manage succession planning.

• Use existing pension funds or start a pot from scratch to help manage expansion and debt.

• Technical Consultancy - When an ‘off the shelf’ solution won’t cut the mustard, even savvy clients and professional advisers need a little help finding the ideal way to meet business-orientated objectives via smart pension arrangements. This is where we come in.


Consult: Maplebrook

Topics: Estate planning

• Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) - their purpose and benefits

• Wills - passing on business-related assets in your will

• Trusts - using trusts to protect property and other assets

• Landlord planning for property portfolios

• What happens to your Facebook and other social media after death

• Complicated family situations: the role of trusts

• Funeral plans and your estate


Consult: Steve Ryland - The Tax Kit


• Business Planning (Financials)

• Business Financial Planning

• Small Business Accounts and Tax

• Cashflows and budget setting









More experts/topics to be announced shortly




TOPICS: Business Development


Consult: Cool Ventures

• Setting up and running a small business

• Writing a business plan

• Putting together financial forecasts (cashflow and budget)

• Creating a winning business strategy







Consult: BLB Solicitors


Premises – owning, leasing and more flexible terms of occupation

Company matters – acquisitions, disposals, starting up, supplier & customer contracts, e-commerce, factors to consider when expanding, long term planning, franchises

Property disputes – breach of lease, ending and renewing your lease, dilapidations claims, rights of access, restrictive covenants.


Also: For people starting a business, Frank Scott-Ashe will be available between 11am -12pm for help with looking at different business structures (sole trader, partnership, limited company and LLP), outlining the key differences between each and the benefits from a legal perspective.



Consult: Stone king LLP


Employment Law & HR Consultancy


•         contracts and terms of employment;

•         disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures;

•         TUPE;

•         Whistle blowing;

•         Employment tribunals;

•         Settlement agreements;

•         equal opportunities


Information Management Law (including GDPR)


•         Data protection compliance (including privacy notice and policy drafting)

•         Data sharing and data processing agreements

•         Subject access requests

•         Data breach management

•         Direct marketing and the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (“PECR”)

•         Brexit






Area of Expertise: Personal Development


Consult: The Practical Consultancy


Areas that can be discussed include:


• Business Planning

• Rapid Idea Development

• Process Improvement

• Mentoring

• Business growth consultancy

• Bespoke Workshops or Training