On stage for the first time in Leeds, we bring you World leading Speakers and Business Success stories from the UK and overseas to demonstrate the vast business growth opportunities available to you. Designed specifically to support the SME market of the North, join us for the very best in practical and tangible solutions for ensuring your business remains first in consumer's minds and ahead of the competition.


Welcome! Innovation Hub
Sign in, sample a reception refreshment, and get your first opportunity to meet other attendees and have a peak at the exhibition, before making your way to the Keynote Hall and securing your seat!...


Opening Gambit, Keynote Hall
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin!...
Scene Setting – LJ Rich, BBC Technology Journalist
Your host for today, LJ will give you the lowdown on what the day holds, and a glimpse into the life of someone who explores the world’s forefront tech innovations.
A Word From Your Organisers

A welcome message from today’s event organiser, Innovation Manager from RTC North, Martin McGurk, plus a message from the Chairman of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Andrew Wright.



Marty WilsonKeynote Hall
Change Without Fear
Discover the key to true success in business and happiness in life through resilience in good times and bad in this signature Keynote from Marty Wilson.  As former Australian Comic of the Year, Marty isn’t just the funniest speaker you’ll hear, this keynote is rammed full of scientific knowledge and takeaway tips and strategies – all wrapped up in countless laugh-out-loud stories – so you can enthusiastically leap into the biggest stressors of business in a less painful, more productive way. 


Showcase: The Practical Secrets & Results, Keynote Hall
Panel discussion with some of the bravest and most creative local businesses on how they use innovation in their business and the lessons and shortcuts you can learn from their experience, plus Innovate UK’s slant on how to achieve success. Including:
Alyn Morgan, Thought Beanie
Amanda McLaren, James Heal
Guy Parkin, Pro Sport Support
Shannon Harvey, Production Park
Dave Wlikes, Deputy Director of Strategy, Innovate UK


Break, Innovation Hub
Go stretch your legs, but don’t be long! Enjoy refreshments & networking in the Innovation Hub


Geoff RammKeynote Hall
Celebrity Service
One of the highlights of the day!... Discover the gap in your customer service you never knew existed from the creator and author of Celebrity Service and OMG Marketing, Geoff Ramm. From this globally renowned speaker, you’ll discover the key to attract and serve your customers, now and into the future, that your competition cant couch you for!


Lunch, Innovation Hub
Buffet time! Don’t be shy – grab a plate and some food, and reflect on this morning’s lessons with your new found business acquaintances in the Innovation Hub – but don’t go far – the afternoon is packed with value so we’ll call you back soon!


Gihan Perera, Keynote Hall
Are you Fit for the Future?
Gihan is counted among the top 5 global influencers in his field. Get ready for a rip-roaring journey on how you, your organisation and your teams need to deal with digital disruption, global reach, the changing workplace and customer base.


A Conversation With Gea Sijpkes, Keynote Hall
Our special guest from the Netherlands, Gea Sijpkes is CEO of Humanitas Deventer, an elderly care home known globally for their hugely ground-breaking attitude to experimenting with innovative approaches to elderly care. Gea leads Humanitas in the piloting of these programmes, and will share with you this incredibly inspirational story, which can’t help but motivate you to seek new ways do doing things.


Break, Innovation Hub
Your final caffeine fix before our grand finale!


And Now the End is Near… Keynote Hall
A short reflection on the day from LJ, with some final remarks.


Fraser Doherty – Closing Keynote, Keynote Hall
Our grand finale speaker is an inspiration and pleasure to listen to. Founder of SuperJam and Beer52, Fraser Doherty received his MBE for Services To Business from the Queen in 2014 – and has continued his business adventures ever since. As he takes us on “The Adventures of Jam Boy” you’ll learn how ANYONE can create global, industry-leading businesses through innovative approaches, even with the most traditional of products.


Closing After-Party – Sponsored by Beer52, Innovation Hub
It’s not over yet! Join Fraser and the rest of today’s speakers with a glass of something frothy or fizzy in our VIP after party in the Innovation Hub.


That’s all folks!
Have a safe onward journey, and we wish you every success!