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Get expert business advice at We Mean Business pop-up expo


Get top flight corporate intel and one-to-one expert advice at the We Mean Business Pop Up Expo in Croydon next Tuesday, 3rd October.

South London’s biggest free, one-day Expo will host exhibitors and delegates at The Business Xchange Hub by East Croydon Station for a packed programme of seminars, business advice clinics and networking.

The new pop up format WMB Expo, which is now in its sixth year, runs from 9.30 to 4pm and will feature over 50 company stands across three floors.  There will also be an international Street Food Market catering for hungry delegates and exhibitors on the forecourt from 11am until 3pm.

Coast to Capital Growth Hub is sponsoring free, one-to-one business advice clinics with leading experts, aimed at businesses at all levels – from pre-starts to start-ups, SMEs to large & fast-growing companies.

The C2C Growth Hub will also host an Access to Finance seminar – one of four seminars across the day – with an expert panel providing valuable insights to business and finance, both at home and overseas.

The other seminars will feature talks on cracking the Tech Industry with Connected Space; Women in Business with women business leaders; and how to source Free Social Media Tools with My Outspace.  Gatwick Airport are also sponsoring a series of speed-networking sessions throughout the day.

Malcolm Brabon, Head of Services with Coast to Capital, said: “We are delighted to again support the Expo and have brought together leading experts to help businesses understand why investment is so critical to growth.  We hope delegates will gain a greater understanding of the types of funding that are available to suit to their businesses, and crucially how and where to pitch for it.”



To book a 45-minute appointment with any of the experts below, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, please call Annabel Hopper at White Label on 0208 726 7968

Ryan Davies, Coast to Capital Growth Hub (Business Start Up)
Andrew Dennis, Coast to Capital Growth Hub (Growing Businesses),
Malcolm Brabon, Coast to Capital (Established Businesses)
Kerry Kyriacou, Coast to Capital Growth Hub (Established Businesses)
Jon Cornell, The FSE Group (Growth Grants, Equity & Debt Finance)
Bryan Treherne, Department of International Trade & South London Export Club (Export Finance)
Steve Rapley, Department of International Trade ( Ready to Export)


10.45 – Coast to Capital Growth Hub – Access to Finance

Keynote Speaker: Ben Holt, Director of Sussex Innovation Centre.

Panel Discussion, chaired by Kerry Kyriacou, Partnership Manager, Coast to Capital Growth Hub. Guest panellists: Ben Holt, Director of Sussex Innovation Centre; Jes Bailey, Founder, Crowdfund 360; and Jon Cornell, Fund Manager, The FSE Group.

12.15pm – Women in Business

Panel Discussion chaired by Jo Gumb, Director, White Label Creative. Guest panellists include: Keely Priestman, Managing Director, Diamond Distribution; and Katharine Glass, Director, White Label Creative.

1.45pm – The Connected Space Journey

Guest Speaker: Andy Poulter, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, Connected Space. Andy Poulter will be talking about the challenges of running a Tech SME in a very competitive industry and what makes Connected Space tick.  He will discuss the firm’s journey to success, which started with an opportunity, and what led them to Croydon.

2.30pm – Free Social Media Tools for Businesses

Guest Speaker: Bonnie Armstrong, My Outspace.  Bonnie Armstrong’s topic is: Free Social Media Tools for Businesses – Stop Procrastinating and Start Achieving. Traditional marketing can be a drain on your resources, find out about the free tools you can use to maximize your outreach.

There are still opportunities to sponsor the Expo – for more information contact: Vivien Newbould at    To reserve your free delegates place at the Expo, contact Annabel Hopper on 0208 726 7968 or email Natasha Miller at



*Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is a unique business-led collaboration between the private, public and education sectors.  Coast to Capital   is totally focused on helping grow the economy to create jobs and prosperity within the East Surrey, London Borough of Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove city, Lewes and West Sussex area. Coast to Capital has a team of Growth Hub advisers to help you find the best support for your business. The service is impartial and free, as it is fully funded by the UK Government.



The Business Xchange Hub has been developed in Marco Polo House as meanwhile use by its owners, developers Guildhouse Rosepride, pending the development of One Lansdowne Road. It will provide flexible, cost-effective office space & business services to start-ups & SMEs in a growing business market.