London Centre for SME Development
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Upcoming Events

About Our Events

Annually we will be holding three premium events, interspersed with numerous thought leadership forums focused on key relevant business topics. You can find details of all our upcoming events below. If you have any questions regarding attendance or membership, please get in touch via our contact page.

Next Event

Join us on Thursday 24 October 2019 between 18:00 and 20:30, at Metro Bank, Holborn for the first premium event from London Centre for SME Development, ‘Is the Future of Digital Human?’. 

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker is Dr Andy Edmonds, PhD, founder of the UK’s first AI company and pioneer in this field. The accompanying panellists will be: Chris Wilkinson (Head of Digital Strategy, Metro Bank), Danny Bluestone (Founder and CEO, Cyber-Duck), Paul Sullivan (Founder and CEO, BIAS), and Alex Galviz (Founder, Authentic Alex).

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Is the Future of Digital Human?


Join us for the first Premium Event, ‘Is the Future of Digital Human?’ from London Centre for SME Development on Thursday 24 October, between 18:00 and 20:30 hosted at Metro Bank in Holborn, London.

About this Event

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital transformation is already here. One third of UK businesses have invested in AI and Automation in the last five years (PA Consulting) and this is having a transformative effect on business, work and our whole society. The velocity of change is only going to increase, with an estimated $7 trillion being spent on digital transformation in the next four years.

London Centre for SME Development has secured a fantastic keynote speaker and outstanding selection of panellists for this event. We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker is Dr Andy Edmonds, PhD, founder of the UK’s first AI company and pioneer in this field. The accompanying panellists will be: Chris Wilkinson (Head of Digital Strategy, Metro Bank), Danny Bluestone (Founder and CEO, Cyber-Duck), Paul Sullivan (Founder and CEO, BIAS), and Alex Galviz (Founder, Authentic Alex). The evening will offer expert views on the subject as well as provide an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues from all industries.

Topics covered will include:

  • Implementation of new digital technology in your business

  • The link between your technical and people strategies

  • The use of digital tools to free capacity in your business

  • Skills gaps and how you are addressing these

  • Harnessing technology for positive change

  • How to adapt and grow your business for the future

Event Details

Time: 18:00 to 20:30
Date: Thursday 24 October 2019
Venue: Metro Bank, 1 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA
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Admission by Guest List Only


18:00 – 18:30: Registration, networking and refreshments
18:30 – 18:35: Welcome and introductions
18:35 – 19:00: Keynote speech, including Q&A
19:00 – 19:20: Networking, buffet and refreshments
19:20 – 20:00: Panel session with Q&A
20:00 – 20:30: Networking and close


Tickets for this event are £50 + VAT for non-members of the London Centre for SME Development , or join the London Centre for SME Development or become a Business Plus member of North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and attend premium events free of charge!

Contact us on either or 020 8443 5457 if you have any questions about this event.

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Speaker Profiles


Dr Andy Edmonds, PhD , DARL AI Online
Dr Andy Edmonds founded the UK’s first AI company in the 80s. His next venture was a company using AI to generate financial trading systems that was ultimately purchased by the world’s biggest futures trading organisation. After a period as the CEO of a US publicly traded company he started developing general purpose AI tools for sale to other companies as infrastructure, creating a natural language processing tool used as the core IP for the UK’s leading regtech company. He attained a PhD in 1996 in the junction of AI, chaos theory and time series prediction. His current interests are AI systems that can explain themselves, and autonomous enterprises – i.e. trading companies with minimal or no human intervention.


Chris Wilkinson - Head of Digital Strategy, Metro Bank
Chris is Head of Digital Strategy for Metro Bank, which was founded in 2010 as the UK’s first new high street bank for over 100 years. He oversees the bank’s digital agenda as it extends its high street success into digital channels, and coordinates the bank’s response to new digital opportunities. This builds on Chris’s experience as a strategy consultant, where he advised financial intuitions in the UK and overseas on strategy and innovation.


Danny Bluestone - Founder and CEO, Cyber Duck
Danny established Cyber-Duck in 2005 with the aim of bringing multiple disciplines under one roof, including: digital transformation, branding and marketing, user-centred design and web technologies. In 2015, he was awarded Wirehive 100’s first Digital Leader of the Year. With the agency previously listed in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 100 (EMEA), Danny has also been recognised by BIMA Hot 100. Last year, he was chosen for the DIMA 50 male advocates for equality in marketing and media. Cyber-Duck is now an ISO accredited agency delivering consistently high-quality products that solve even the most challenging briefs from clients like the Bank of England and Mitsubishi Electric.


Alex Galviz - Founder, Authentic Alex
Alexandra Galviz was Head of Training and Development for a Foreign Exchange broker by the time she was 24 years old. Finding herself a round peg in a square hole she left the company to create her own portfolio career. She is now a LinkedIn Top Voice UK for 2017 & 2018 and shows others the techniques, strategies and hacks on how to build their online presence on LinkedIn. Her readership globally has grown to several millions over the last few years and she is now a sought after speaker, trainer and coach. She has 35,000+ followers with daily views of 20k - 30k+ and monthly views of 500k - 1M.


Paul Sullivan - Founder and CEO, BIAS
Paul Sullivan is the Founder and CEO of BIAS, a triple-award winning business marketing, sales and training consultancy. He has 12 years’ senior management and consulting experience within financial services at tier 1 banks and brokers coupled with over a decade of experience in marketing and business development within the financial, technology and property industries. As an industry leader, he has won several awards and sits on several advisory committees in fintech, blockchain and the wider business community - also acting as a mentor on several accelerator programs.