2019 Brighton exhibition speakers announced!

One of the highlights of our B2B expos has always been our exhibition speakers and seminars. Over the years we’ve had high profile business leaders including Dragon’s Den stars Levi Roots and Trunki founder Rob Law talk about their rise to business success.

Given the current economic climate and uncertainty around BREXIT, this year’s seminars will focus on ways to futureproof your business’ offering as well as the overall Brighton expo theme of innovation. New for 2019 are our lively panel discussions where you will not only hear from industry experts but you can pick their brains too in the panel Q & As.

Our exhibition speakers for 2019

This year, we want to give businesses of all sizes their say about business in the South East. Here’s the full list of exhibition speakers for our Brighton exhibition this year:

10.15-10.45 – Switchplane: The future of social media, what’s next?

With the recent news that Lush is removing their business from social media, despite millions of followers across their platforms, social media and its usage have come under scrutiny recently. We’ll hear from marketing gurus Switchplane who will discuss the future of social media and ask what’s next? One you won’t want to miss!

11.00-12.00 – Discussion Panel: Funding Innovation

Brand new for 2019 are our discussion panels, aimed at encouraging audience participation and engagement. The funding innovation session includes five experts on hand including:

  • Lorraine Bell from Green Growth Platform, University of Brighton. Lorraine will be joining the panel to discuss access to University funding


  • Simon Bulteel Director of Cooden Tax Consulting will be joining us for the discussion which will include expert comment on R & D Tax Credits. Simon will be covering the basics of Research and Development Tax Credits and exploring how it interacts with the funding offerings of his fellow panellists


  • Dr Bryan Hanley, a specialist at Knowledge Transfer Network. The Role of KTN is to help business to create value from innovation. Their scope is broad and KTN work particularly at sectoral interfaces to maximise benefits, including The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which provides funding and support to UK businesses and is part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years


  • Rupert Rawcliffe, Founder of SRC Corporate Finance. Rupert is one of the region’s active tech investors and dealmakers, based in Brighton but with an international black book of contacts and track record


  • Phil Coutanche, a Business Finance Specialist from the Let’s do Business Group. Phil is an expert in his field working with SME’s to find them the right type of finance to make their business ambitions achievable.


The discussion will be chaired by Quantuma’s Director of Corporate Finance Adrian Howells and will centre on how you can fund business innovation. Adrian works closely with both corporate clients as well as private equity houses, and focuses on deals within the lower and mid-markets. As a corporate finance specialist, his expertise includes assisting business owners and management teams in their buy and builds strategy, as well as providing debt advice.

12.15-12.45 – Clean Growth UK: Cleaner and greener innovation in business

Dr David Greenfield FCIWM, FRSA, CEnv of Social, Environmental & Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd will be speaking on behalf of Clean Growth UK. Dr Greenfield will be discussing how adopting clean and green business innovation can drive your business forward. Dr Greenfield is a government, public and private sector research and innovation advisor on Circular Economy, Waste & Resource management and Energy.

13.00-14.00 – Discussion Panel: Accessing Innovation Support

The second of our discussion panels will focus on accessing innovation support around the South East. The panel includes the following exhibition speakers:

  • Lou Williams, Growth Manager at Coast to Capital. Lou Is part of the Escalator programme, which is a Peer to Peer group programme for scaling businesses. The programme has been developed to enable business leaders to discuss and develop practical ways of unlocking barriers to growth. This programme will address the issues identified by the members including BREXIT.


  • Zoe Osmond, Director at Clean Growth UK. Zoe is part of the University of Brighton’s Clean Growth UK initiative. Clean Growth UK is a national business innovation network delivered via three regional hubs, including Green Growth Platform/University of Brighton.


  • Shirley Mansfield, Innovation Adviser at Enterprise Europe Network. Scared about innovation? Don’t be. Every business has it. But you might need help to uncover and monetise it. Come and find out more with Shirley on 13th


  • Simon Chuter, Innovation advisor from The Sussex Innovation Centre. Simon will be joining us to fill in the gaps on the why, the how and the what of the Sussex Innovation Centre.


  • Dan Shelley Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Engagement. Our Innovation Zone sponsor, East Sussex College Group, will be joining our afternoon panel to discuss industry Placements. East Sussex College Group sees them differently; as win-win-wins for businesses, colleges and students – let’s see if you agree!

The chair of this session will be Philip Johnson Director at Locate East Sussex. Philip’s extensive innovation experience has come through work at Black&Decker, 3M, Wilson Sporting Goods, Design Council, Patent Office and Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

14.15 – 14.45 Showstorm: Virtual and augmented reality 101

Mark Bellinger of leading VR and augmented reality providers Showstorm. Hear the Brighton based company talk about how to improve your customer experience and enhance sales via the use of cutting edge technology. Mark will be speaking at 2.15pm in his seminar titled “Virtual & Augmented Reality 101’’. You’ll also be able to get a live demo from Showstorm in our Innovation Zone. Visit them on stand 17 for more details.

Don’t forget all of our seminars are free to attend for both exhibitors and visitors alike. There’s no need to book but as ever, the sessions look set to fill up fast, so don’t forget to get in early if you’d like to attend and hear our exhibition speakers!

If you still haven’t registered to come along you can pre-register to visit the exhibition here . 

You can also read more about our speakers here.