The Historic Dockyard Chatham – No.3 Slip: The Big Space - 20th September 2018 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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2018 Programme


Business Breakfast – 7.15am – 8.30am

Enjoy exclusive networking opportunities at Kent B2B Business Breakfast – featuring a tasty breakfast and coffee, exciting guest speaker and a chance to make connections before the show opens. Sponsored by Caxtons, the business breakfast is the perfect way to start the show! Tim Jones, Project Director for Highways England, will be the special guest speaker sharing the latest news on the Lower Thames Crossing.

The breakfast includes a choice of bacon rolls, fruit platters and porridge along with tea and coffee.


Expo opens to visitors – 8.30am – 4.00pm


9.20am – Cllr Jane Chitty

An address by Cllr Jane Chitty of Medway Council.

9.30am – Business Story 

Carol Ford, AC Goatham & Son 

Carol Ford, A C Goatham & Son’s Commercial Director, will share their journey, from very humble beginnings to Britain’s biggest grower, supplying UK’s top retailers with 250 million apples and pears.
A C Goatham is a home-grown, Medway success story. Fusing heritage, traditional values and commitment to quality produce with new technologies and strategic business objectives has helped forge their success and prized reputation.


10.45am – Headline Speaker 

Rachael Burford,  England’s Women’s Rugby star

Born in Chatham to a family of rugby enthusiasts and educated at The Thomas Aveling School, Rachael’s roots are very much in Medway. She is as active locally as she is internationally, working with local rugby clubs in Kent.
She will share stories about how she has overcome struggles to enjoy success on the world stage.


12pm – 12.30pm

Giant Talk 1 – Danny Windsor

Being honest on social media

As the world of social media evolves, businesses are having to be more honest with their approach. In this free workshop, Creative Lead for Sleeping Giant Media Danny Windsor explores how you can engage with your audience and produce content that is uniquely yours.

Click here to register your place.


2.15pm – 2.45pm

Giant Talk 2 –  Luke Quilter

Using digital to build your business locally

Digital marketing is often seen as a beast with many elements to implement, this can cause confusion on where to start and become time-consuming

Join CEO of award-winning digital agency, Luke Quilter, as he shares the strategies and tools you can use to effectively market your business locally. From online listings on ‘Google My Business’ to discovering how to become relevant in your area, find out what should you be concentrating on to reach your local market.

Click here to register your place.


‘Ask the Experts’ Zone

For 2018, we have launched the ‘Ask the Experts’ Zone, which will give you the opportunity to put your questions to industry experts on a range of topics vital to running a successful business.

Our experts will be hosting drop-in sessions between 11.30am and 3.30pm in the main expo. Sign up for your 10-minute slot when you arrive at Kent B2B.

The experts:  

11.30am – 1.30pm

Simon Chambers, New Leaf Technology Solutions 

With more than 10 years of experience in the industry, Simon has worked across Asia and the US with a global distributer team. He will be sharing his knowledge of remote working and strategies to upskill staff.

Tracey Westell, Pecunia 

Are credit management worries are keeping you awake at night? Director of Pecunia, Tracey will be on hand to answer your questions and put your mind at ease. She will show how to better manage credit management and advise how staff training can help maintain this asset.

Janine Coomber, Sophie Taylor-Gammon & Simon Barnes, Kent Innovation & Enterprise  

The team at Kent Innovation & Enterprise will show how you can access funding opportunities to work with the University of Kent on collaborative projects with international experts in their cutting-edge facilities.

Bryan Davis, Connect-it Communications

Connect-it Communications’ MD Bryan Davies will be with us to answer any question you have about telecommunications and phone systems. He will have all the answers about the cloud, new systems, old systems, migrating, updating, replacing and future-proofing your business communications. He will also be ready to give you top tips on how to improve how your phone system works within your business for high call volume, remote working, business trips and anything else that may means you don’t miss an important call.


1.30pm – 3.30pm

Miranda Chapman, Pillory Barn 

Managing Director of Pillory Barn and with a background in the newspaper industry, Miranda Chapman is an expert in marketing strategy. She will be in the Ask the Experts Zone to help individuals and businesses big and small with everything in terms of strategy. Pose your marketing challenges to Miranda who will be able to draw on her experience in the industry to provide useful insights.

Dr Wayne CA Wright

Speak to Wayne Wright to learn how his clients have developed their business to not only achieve 28 business growth awards in the Kent region over the last 6 years but go on to sell their businesses for multi-million pound exits.  Visiting the Ask the Expert Zone could potentially transform your business and your life!

Aimee Payne & Adrian James, Kent Police Cybercrime Unit

Kent Police Cyber Protect & Prevent Officers, Aimee Payne and Adrian James, will be in the Ask the Experts Zone to discuss all things “cyber”. Whether this is to protect yourself online or help to protect your business, they will be on hand to offer advice, guidance and top tips on how to stay safe online. Aimee has worked within Kent Police for 14 years, and has a Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP). Adrian has 35 years in the finance life and pensions industry working in IT, also a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP (ISC2))




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