Ian Stone is the founder of the highly anticipated, business empowering event set to sweep Manchester this week, here he tells us about all things Smarter Business Tech LIVE……

The expo aims to combine crucial SME and Mid-Size IT and Business Management streams with cutting–edge Sales and Marketing tech for a variety of B2B and B2C professionals across the UK! The event is taking place on the 15th and 16th November 2017 at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Our eCommerce Recruitment Director, Laura Walters, is a guest speaker at the event on Thursday 16th November 2017 and she will be providing visitors with a mini-masterclass based on effectively addressing the recruitment challenges that SME’s have when hiring marketing talent.

We were keen to pick Ian’s brain on this year’s highly awaited business and tech event of the year. He tells us about what we can expect to see at the expo, what he hopes visitors will learn and how it all began!

Smarter Business Tech Live is the UK’s only business technology expo, where did the idea come from? Smarter Business Tech Live reflected the huge changes in the way that businesses need to organise their commercial & operational processes, to leverage the very latest in tech-enabled solutions and strategy, to be competitive in the hyper connected, digital realities of today’s (and certainly tomorrow’s) business realities.

Why did you decide to host the event in Manchester?
Manchester is not only at the heart of an enormously key business conurbation BUT also the location provided a fresh center of the axis from the more London-centric events.

What highlights can we expect on Day 1?
There are over 90 individual presentations being held over a 6 hour period, the event is offering visitors a huge diversity of presentations. There is also keynotes from the biggest tech names, influencers plus demos of the most exciting new breaking software technologies. In addition, Andy Burnham just announced to provide a short address, reflecting his core digital agenda for the city.

What highlights can we expect on Day 2?
Yet another knockout day of contrasting, top level speakers and content.

The conference has a lot of high-profile guest speakers, which one would you advise visitors not to miss? I’m afraid that is not an easy question – there are so many that are taking the lid off exciting new breaking tech- for instance, Andy-Stanford Clark (CTO of) addressing the future of AI technologies in the work environment.

What do you hope visitors will take away from the Smarter Business Tech Live expo?
Lots of Intelligence – Lots of Knowledge – Lots of Business Connections and Lots of Inspiration!!!

Finally Ian, describe the conference in three words.
Growth, Technology, Driver

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