Talking Point of Business

The North East Premier Small and Micro Business Conference, in Newcastle.

Talking Point Of Business is for Founders and Solopreneurs.  It is a conference by small business owners for small business owners.

Talking Point of Business

The Assembly Rooms

Newcastle upon Tyne

Friday 15 June 2018

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XU

Welcome To Talking Point Of Business

Welcome to Talking Point of Business.  This is the fifth year of the conference which has grown year on year.  As your new hosts we'd like to introduce ourselves.  

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A HUGE "Hi There" from Beverly and Jo!

Come and join us on Friday 15 June 2018 for the liveliest conference you will attend all year!

Our Keynote Speakers

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Natalie Hailey

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Natalie works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them build their presence online through content marketing and enable them to attract more of the right clients.

Through consultancy, coaching, mentoring and training, both on and offline, she helps people to create quality, share-worthy content to build a brand which people are drawn to.

Natalie truly believes that with the right help and a patient teacher, anyone can take control of their own online marketing and enjoy the benefits of increased brand awareness, audience engagement and leads.

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Richard Tubb


Richard Tubb is one of the best-known experts within the global small business IT community. His track record speaks for itself, as he launched and sold his own IT business before creating a leading media and consultancy practice.

On a day-to-day basis, Richard helps IT business owner's to free up their time, concentrate on what is important, and build a business that can run without them.

The author of the book "The IT Business Owner’s Survival Guide" and writer of the award-winning blog Tubblog at which is aimed at putting IT Consultants back in control, you can find Richard on Twitter @tubblog.

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James Lane


Known for being an early adopter, James Lane has built a career on being the bridge between the awesome geeks and the awesome business community.

Working many years internationally with some of the major technology trend setters, James is a proud nerd and educator (hence the nickname, #Nerducator) - embracing changes and helping businesses to do the same, he is an enthusiastic ‘technoforce’ to be reckoned with!

Be an early adopter with James!

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Our Masterclass Speakers

Tiana Wilson-Buys

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Tiana Wilson-Buys is the "Get stuff done"  Business Coach and Productivity Strategist.  She works with micro and small business owners to help them become more efficient and effective and ultimately grow their businesses to the next level.


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Daniel Flounders

Archers Law Firm

Small Business Law Essentials


Daniel is Executive Associate Solicitor  within the Commercial and Corporate team at Archers Law Firm.

Dan regularly undertakes an array of work including large acquisitions, disposals, mergers, joint ventures, MBOs and group reorganisations. In addition, he also regularly advise clients in relation to shareholder agreements; joint ventures; partnership agreements and general company law matters.

As part of “one of the best firms in the North East”, the UK Legal 500 singles Dan out as ‘a great lawyer who is in high demand and has exceptional expertise beyond his years’.

He takes a personal approach to the role and is committed to building strong client relationships with both individuals, businesses and local professionals particularly in the Teesside and North East area. Dan particularly enjoys working in close partnership with clients in order to understand and fulfil their commercial objectives and to ensure a practical solution is reached promptly.

Alison Machin

CDC Enterprise Agency


Alison is Operations Manager at CDC Enterprise Agency.  She has supported a more SMEs than she’s had hot dinners to develop business models and marketing strategies for growth.  Alison has recently delivered Business Model Canvas training to high growth SMEs in the UK on behalf of Innovate UK. She has worked with SMEs in the North East region for over 15 years supporting business growth through coaching, training and consultancy by helping senior management teams develop strategies to diversify and grow their businesses.

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Nicola Little

Digital Sparkles


Nicola Little is the Chief Sparkler at Digital Sparkles, who love to #dodigital and teach others’ how to harness digital power for their business.  After swapping from the classroom to the training room, Nicola has worked with 1000s of businesses delivering bespoke personal and small group digital training.

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Dona Skaife

WBS Accountants Ltd.


Small Business Finance – ‘Working Smarter not Harder’

Tickets are now on sale starting at £47 single early bird or group early bird (5 people) £199.50.  Early bird ends 31 March 2018.  For more ticket information read on...

Why not boost your exposure by being a sponsor.  Sponsor the event or "Brag with A Bag!"  Find out more here...

There will be prizes throughout the conference.  Get your Tweeting head on you can win for the most tweets and best selfies.  For our Star at the top of Business Boulevard you will win "The Rise of Youpreneur, Chris Ducker's book released on 20 February 18. Find out more here...

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Meet The Collaborators

You told us practical ideas and personal experiences were what you wanted to hear.  You said you were interested in learning about collaboration with other businesses.  So we're having an ask the collaborators session.  A group of successful collaborators will talk and then there will be a Q&A session.

The Venue

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The Assembly Rooms
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The Event Room, The Assembly Rooms

Making Arrangements


By Car

The Assembly Rooms are situated in the centre of Newcastle, close to the Grainger Town area of town.

Parking is £6.00 per day in the Grainger Town Multi-Story Carpark.  There are a number of car parks close by see here for more information.

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By Train

Central Station, Newcastle is three to five minutes walk from The Assembly Rooms.  There is a good service with regular arrivals from Durham, Darlington, York, Edinburgh, Sunderland and Teesside.

Central Station is on the East Coast main line.

The Metro station is also within Central Station.

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By Air

Newcastle Airport is 7.5 miles from The Assembly Rooms.  There is a Metro Station from the Airport direct to Central Station.  

Taxis are available outside of the airport.  A taxi ride will be between 15 - 30 minutes dependant upon rush-hour traffic.

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Staying Over

You may have heard Newcastle is "The Rio of the North"!  There are a range of hotels to suit your pocket, style and comfort value.  In fact, if you want to have a lie in and roll out of bed to the venue, you can do that as Hotel Indigo is right next door!  We can't say what it's like as we've not been.

Check out budget hotels too!

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