"SME XPO is all about networking, discovering new brands, new partnerships, and new opportunities. For Shutterstock, it has been a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and also tell our story of how we can help SMEs grow their business."
"It’s the best event we’ve done since I’ve been part of the Gold-Vision team and we’re really looking forward to next year!
We met some really great attendees, and we’re even looking at closing a 150-user deal with one of them – which would be one of our biggest customers to date. Can’t get better than that!"
"It was a pleasure partnering with the Evening Standard for their inaugural SME XPO. Having the opportunity to talk to such a range of SMEs about exporting and how DIT could help in their exporting journey was fantastic, and something we look forward to doing more of in the future. "
Department for International Trade
"The truth is, SME XPO is the best show we have been to. There are lots of people here and great conversations taking place - it’s amazing!"
"GoTo decided to be the main sponsor at SME XPO because it’s so important that, in this day and age, small and medium businesses are really well supported with their business communications. Events like this and the thought leadership that is provided through the conference and the conversations that happen on the stand, provide SMEs with an opportunity to mingle with their peers and get new ideas and be really part of an entrepreneurial spirit. That’s something that GoTo really wants to be a part of."
"We were delighted to take part in the SME XPO this year and meet so many visionary founders and partners. The Virgin StartUp Lounge welcomed hundreds of business owners looking to learn more about our start-up, scale-up, and mentoring programs, and we were excited to be there and offer them advice. A highlight was certainly the pitches we’ve heard from over 30 founders, through which we sent 4 winners on luxury cruises sponsored by Virgin Voyages."
"Events like SME XPO give businesses a chance to start building relationships with their prospective customers. I didn’t have to think twice when I was asked to speak at SME XPO."
"SMEs are the backbone of British industry. They inspire and inject new ideas and energy into the business, bringing much-needed change to the status quo. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely existence – particularly when the going gets tough. To find a forum like SME XPO where hundreds of like-minded people can meet, share and learn from one another is about as valuable as it gets."
Wilfred Emmanuel Jones
"The easiest, most enjoyable bit of starting a business is creating a physical thing - but for sales and scaling up, you need to reach out to anyone you can for strategic help – that’s why events like SME XPO are so brilliant, you can get inspiration by listening to how other people have done it, and learn how you can be the noisy one to cut through the rest of the market."
"In a world where we are constantly connected by the digital world it is important to have a little of the human touch. Events like SME XPO give businesses a chance to start building relationships with their prospective customers. You know the people attending want to be there. It’s also a good time to take a look at the competition, to see what they’re up to, if there are any gaps in the market that you could take advantage of for your own business.
SME are a vital part of our economy, they drive innovation. Because they able to respond to markets much quicker than their larger counterparts they are often at the forefront of change. I am a big advocate of SME’s. I have even written a book “You Can Get It If You Really Want” – and I spend most of my time now trying to inspire the next generation of budding entrepreneurs. I didn’t have to think twice when I was asked [to speak at SME XPO]."
Wilfred Emmanuel Jones
"Scaleups are vital for the UK's current and future economic prosperity. As our most ambitious and innovative businesses, who contribute over 50% of the UK’s SME economic output, they have the power to generate economic growth and high-skilled jobs in every locality and sector, and we know that, even in these uncertain and challenging times, they want to push ahead on growth, innovation and internationalisation. An event such as SME XPO can play an important part in focusing on our scaling community and connecting them to the ecosystem that can support them to achieve their growth ambitions - which is why the ScaleUp Institute is delighted to be partnering with the Evening Standard on this new initiative."
The ScaleUp Institute