Events and conferences offer an unrivalled opportunity to share ideas, network with competitors and potential clients, and spread the word about your business. They also offer key insights and viewpoints that can expand your outlook and revolutionise the way you do things.
As the financial and business centre of the UK, London is home to the country’s most diverse and prestigious range of conferences and meetings. Here, we look at some of the key upcoming events for Q4 2017. As soon as your London office is established, get these dates in your calendar.
The Natural Networker
Launch22, 31A Corsham Street, N1 6DR
Price – free
A great starting point for the end-of-year conference season, this event will reshape how you think about networking, how you approach strangers, and how you communicate yourself and your business. Led by expert networker Darren Kam, you’ll learn how to be natural in professional situations.
The Telegraph Festival of Business
The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SD
Price – free
Attracting an audience of executives from a range of UK businesses, this event focuses on SMEs. Thought leaders and politicians will be attendance, providing an opportunity to influence the macro agenda. Speakers include MediaCom Chairwoman Karen Blackett and Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox.
The Business Show
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Price – free
Featuring 25,000 businesses, 350 exhibitors, 250 seminars and 12 masterclasses, this huge event offers unrivalled networking opportunities across a wide range of industries, allowing for unexpected connections that could broaden your scope. Speakers include TV star entrepreneurs Hilary Devey and Levi Roots.
Fintech World Forum
The Great Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Price – from £495
Focusing on blockchain and mobile payments, this conference has a narrow scope with wide relevance and appeal. Understanding financial technology will help drive your business to the next level in the omnichannel era. Speakers include Santander CIO Sigga Sigurdardottir and Capgemini Banking Director Phil Gomm.
RBS Conference Centre, 250 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4AA
Price – from £75
Structured around ‘breakout sessions’ that concentrate on such topics as finance and industrial strategy, this focused event aims to teach and train businesses on how to interact with and work alongside SMEs, whether they be SMEs themselves, large corporations, or even family operations. Expect close, topic-guided communication.