We are excited to announce our speaker line up for this years Trafford Business Expo. We have some fantastic sessions lined up for the day which will cover a wide range of business topics.These workshops will be free to attend and always extremely popular, so be sure to arrive early to secure a seat. We are delighted to introduce:


Alex McCann, Social Media Speaker and Owner of Altrincham HQ

Alex McCann is owner of Altrincham HQ - a social media management and training company based in Cheshire that has worked with 100s of local business developing their social media strategy. Over the past 7 years Alex has built up an impressive client list including the BBC, NHS, University Of Manchester, Manchester Arndale and many more

Each month Altrincham HQ spend 200+ hours per month managing marketing campaigns for businesses so witness Social Media changes in real time and action them.

Twitter - How To Break Through The Noise

Twitter is a noisy place - the prime lifespan of a tweet is just 18 minutes long. So how do you break through the noise? How do you get seen? How do you win business from twitter? Altrincham HQ have built up an audience of 12,000+ local Twitter followers, generate 500,000+ impressions every month and importantly win business every week from Twitter.

Alex McCann of Altrincham HQ will be giving some tips to make twitter easier, how to break through the noise and win more business

Twitter is a goldmine once you know how


James Caldwell, Managing Director of innov8 Conference Services

James is the Managing Director of innov8, which has now grown into one of the UK's leading Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) by providing a wide variety of services to help manage and support events. innov8 also have their own portfolio of business events including exhibitions, conferences, and the Greater Manchester Business Awards. 

An UnConferencing Session based on a business related topic defined by the workshop attendees.

We are excited to introduce a concept which is brand new to the Trafford Business Expo workshops. James will be facilitating an unconference session, which is sometimes known as an Open Space conference. Unconferencing is a session on a particular topic, which is driven by the participant’s discussions and knowledge.

One fantastic thing about an Unconference is that it's spontaneous and only follows four rules. These rules are:

  • Whoever shows up is the right group
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it's over, it's over.

The UnConference Session topics will be crowd sourced from the attendees of the workshop. We ask that you come prepared to the session with a business topic or scenario that you would like to learn more about and explore further. The discussions will be facilitated by James, however the advice and conclusions will be made by the participants in this style of group development. 

So come along with an open mind to share your thoughts with other delegates and take other people’s ideas on board.


Karen Garrattley, Managing Director of COS Bookkeeping  

Karen has been helping businesses with their bookkeeping for nearly 30 years. She has seen accounting software evolve - consistently embracing new techniques and new technologies.

The latest move to The Cloud, combined with direct links to high street Banks, has opened new ways of working for businesses. Business owners are no longer waiting 6 months after their year end to find out if their business is viable and how much tax they owe. Instead, they can see day by day, hour by hour, where their money is and how well the business is performing.

Bookkeeping used be a chore for any business – and particularly the bookkeeper. Typically, data entry was time consuming and took the fun out of being in business! New advancements hugely reduce the processing time previously required. New features and systems include bank feeds, character recognition, seamless links to other software, smartphone apps, files attachments, and much more.

Karen and her team of bookkeepers have also evolved around the cloud offering. COS Bookkeeping can now offer quicker support and real time collaboration with clients and their data.

During the Trafford Business Expo, Karen will demonstrate two of the leading cloud softwares and talk about how small changes can make a huge difference to your business.

"How online accounting can ensure the success of your business"

“If you want your business to work smarter and faster, cloud accounting software is a wise investment. Working in the cloud will give you a better overview of your finances, and improve collaboration with your team.” Xero

“Sage One empowers the UK’s small businesses.
Free yourself from admin with clever, easy features, built around you.” Sage UK



These workshops are free to attend for all pre-registered delegates. The Trafford Business Expo is free to attend so secure your place to guarantee your place.



Interesting in Speaking at innov8 events?

We are interested in engaging with Speakers and Trainers who can deliver fantastic content to the attendees of our upcoming exhibitions and events. 

What do we look for in a Speaker?

  • Deliver knowledge and training that business professionals would find useful
  • No Selling from the Stage
  • Professional attitude and a great presentation technique
  • Hands-on learning giving the delegates actionable take aways.

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