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SheffEX17 took place on 1st November 2017 at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn

SheffEX18 is in planning

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There’s a fantastic conference line up for you with inspiring speakers to inform across a wide range of business focussed topics throughout the day.


11:00am Dr Jayne Rogers of Google – Tell Your Story Online

The first step towards making the most of the internet is to show off the best of your business online. Make your website shine, on computers and mobile devices, develop rich content, and learn about the importance of measuring success with analytics.

11:30am Aaron Yahaya

For the past 20 years, Aaron has run and created multiple 6 figure business across multiple business sectors and on more than one continent. Having been through various ups and downs, he will be sharing the often untapped pool that lies within each of us and his experiences and what he believes it’s the number one quality which you need to reveal to fulfil your full potential.

A Guinness world record holder, Public Speaker and Award Winning Entrepreneur, his talks and shares carry their own unique style and humour and his idiosyncratic style means he’s  always entertaining.

12:00pm Pete Thornton-Smith of the 9001 Support Centre

The clock is ticking in that September 2018 is the deadline to move your 9001, 14001 and 9100 certification across to the new standard – and what’s the betting most companies will leave it till the last minute! Having already helped numerous sites achieve a successful transition, Pete will walk you through the steps you need to take as well as explain in simple terms what has changed.
This overview will also be relevant to those of you considering that first move towards certification in order to reduce waste and staff turnover and protect your finances and reputation. Delivered in Pete’s renowned ‘straight from the shoulder/ no holds barred’ style.

12:30pm Reece Richiardi

Reece is an international speaker and award winning entrepreneur. Having failed at trying to become a footballer in his youth, Reece turned his attention to business at a young age. He’s achieved some amazing successes including a multi-million pound property portfolio. Reece is passionate about ensuring people have the correct ethical guidance to build their business on a strong stable and secure foundation.

1:00pm Lucinda White of Pure Awards Creative

Lucinda is a professional award writer who brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in this area of specialist and niche marketing. For the last 7 years, Lucinda has worked with multi-million pound companies, SMEs and individual entrepreneurs across Yorkshire, the Midlands and the North East, helping them identify which awards to enter, and then presenting their story to fit the rigorous judging criteria.

1:30pm Johnny Pawlik of Mantra Media

Johnny Pawlik will be addressing how social media can influence positive social change when used for benevolent purposes. He will illustrate how his international agency, Mantra Media Ltd has used social media to bring more young people into education and supported other charities in the U.K. Johnny is an experienced digital strategist and international agency director, with over 17 years experience in online marketing. Previously a guest on Good Morning Britain, the BBC Political Debates, BBC Radio, Osaka Radio and other television documentary programmes.

He’s a consultant to the European Parliament, British Members of Parliament, the NHS, the board of Opera North, at Generation Sheffield, Leeds City Council, UKTI and a plethora of others. Johnny’s digital strategies have been implemented by the public, governmental, private and charity sectors.

2:00pm Billal Jamil from The Public Speaking Academy

Being a persuasive communicator is top 5 business skill. Whether you’re a new start up or industry leader you can not build real momentum without sharing your message with many. Billal Jamil will share 3 proven methods to accelerate your personal impact, influence and confidence on stage, with clients or inside your organisation.

Billal is a communication expert who has been featured on the BBC, Radio 4, The Financial Times and numerous trade publications. His clients include HM Prison Service, The Financial Times, M&G, Castings International, 360i Marketing, Middlesboro College, Imperial College, Citi-Group, NHS and many others.

2:30pm Paddy Limb from the Business Doctors

Paddy Limb started in business aged 19, ‘with a van and no plan.’ He continued to develop and grow this business up to a five vehicle light haulage operation, by his own admission making all the classic small business owner mistakes and learning some painful lessons. He then joined a major PLC motor group as a commercial vehicle salesmen and was immediately placed on the management fast track programme. Paddy quickly went on to become the youngest dealer principal in the Mercedes Benz network, benefiting from the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s senior management training in the UK and Germany.

In 2007, along with three colleagues, Paddy completed a management buyout of a Volvo truck dealership group. The new team took an already successful business and set about growing it significantly.

3:00pm Stuart Oakes of Stroma

Since 2012, Stroma has been at the forefront of developing mobile software solutions which can be easily configured to any industry, quickly and cost effectively. Everyone’s mobile, Everyone’s talking about “Data” big or otherwise. How could mobile data capture work for your business? Stroma software’s Formation software makes mobile data capture a reality.


3:30 pm Dr Jayne Rogers of Google – Reach New Customers Online

Take the next step and make your business more visible online so that new customers can find you. Understand the cornerstones of digital marketing, and learn how to use online marketing tools to reach prospective customers.

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