What's On

Visit 120 exhibitors, with many of them offering special expo-only deals. Enter prize draws and attend free seminars run by business experts in their field.

Come and join us for a jam packed day with deals and networking opportunities. This year’s business expo is taking place at The Lower Hutt Events Centre in central Lower Hutt. Getting there is smooth sailing, with easy access by car, train or bus.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Business Breakfast
An informative Business Breakfast with this speaker to be advised.
This event is open to everyone and runs from 7.30 am until 9.00 am. A link will be available soon for you to register online.

Business Expo 2020
The Expo opens at 9.30 am and runs until 6.00 pm

There will be a range of seminars each for 30 minutes running from 10.30am. Contact  info@hvcci.org.nz if you wish to present a Seminar. These will be listed as they’re confirmed.

Mega Networking Event
This event includes presentations to the exhibitors but is open to all. Awards include Top Stand, People’s Choice and Most Innovative Stand. The networking event runs from 6.00 until 7.30 pm.

Register here for the Mega Networking Event.


If you would like to present a seminar during the Wellington Business Expo 2020 please get in touch with us as soon as possible. For an idea on seminar topics, see the 2019 timetable below.
Presentations are held across 3 seminar rooms, throughout the day starting from 10:30 am and will run for approximately 30 minutes.
Want to present a Seminar?

Contact Anna for any enquiries

10:30 am – 11:00 am Town Hall stage

Spark Lab and Spark Business Hutt-Kapiti Present – How to use social media to grow your business

Stuart Dillon-Roberts – Founder, General Manager & Director of Digital Journey Company

Having a social media presence has become critical for marketing your business in an increasingly digital world. Savvy businesses are using social media to add value and build loyalty with their existing customers and attract new ones. But how do you make sure you get the most from your time and any budget you have? How do you cost effectively create engaging and useful content, and use different social media channels to reach the right audiences? This workshop will show you how.
We’ll cover:

  • What social media channels your business should use
  • How to create great social media content
  • Telling your story online
  • How to create a simple and actionable social media plan and publishing schedule
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10:30 am – 11:00 am Seminar room 1

Electric Vehicles – the journey converting to electric

Erik Zydervelt – Mevo New Zealand Limited

Sustainability, Electric Vehicles your clean power supply to our vehicles/partnership and general cost reduction of mobility and how this could impact on the attendees’ business.

Nick Robilliard – Meridian Energy Limited

Organisation change, from commercial Business point of view.
Electrifying your fleet, our journey, key ingredients to consider to make it happen, a few things to debunk the myths ($, battery, residual value, range anxiety).

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10:30 am – 11:00 am Seminar room 2

Functional mindfulness

Dan Hardie – Les Mills

Come and learn how mindfulness when added to your tool kit can improve your clarity, focus and emotional response towards making big or small decisions in life and business.
A Les Mills Personal Trainer of 10 years, Dan coaches humans from the age of 9 to 80+ to move better and play more using simple tools (tennis balls, sticks and the floor). Dan’s passion for self development has led him to explore aspects of philosophy, gymnastics, dance, juggling, trail running, yoga, meditation, sleep and many other genres.

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10:30 am – 11:00 am Seminar room 3

Grow your business with Ireland

Caolan Keegan, Brian Gahan, Peter Ryan – Embassey of Ireland

With Ireland as the fastest-growing economy in the European Union and with an EU-NZ FTA under negotiation, now is the time for NZ firms to look at Ireland as the natural landing pad for winning business in the European market of 500+ million people.

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Town Hall stage

Spark Lab and Spark Business Hutt-Kapiti Present – Digital Tools to help improve business productivity

Stuart Dillon-Roberts – Founder, General Manager & Director of Digital Journey Company

There are so many online tools you can use in your business, but what service should you be using to give your business the best results? In this session we will show you different digital tools you can use to simplify business processes, improve productivity and reach new customers. From finance, sales to marketing and automation we will explain the benefits and recommend tools for you to consider in your business. It’s a session full of demos, case studies and products to check out.
We’ll cover:

  • What online tools are available across different business processes, like sales, finance, customer management and project management
  • Show you tools that can be used to automate business processes to save you time and reduce manual tasks
  • Look at what cloud-based services small businesses are using the most
  • Share our experience on the best apps and online tools businesses see the most benefit from.
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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Seminar room 1

Funerals – How they’re changing, being prepared and the value of funerals to families and our society

Jerry Waddington – Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors

Gee & Hickton see first hand how funerals are changing and would love to enlighten others about the vast array of options available for their own service. We also want to inform and educate people about the importance of pre-planning for not only theirs, but their loved ones funerals. We often see the stress that decision making can cause a family at an already stressful time, so by pre-planning we hope to alleviate some of this. And lastly we want everyone to understand the importance of a funeral for both their families and society.

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Seminar room 2

Small Business IT Services in the Cloud

Bill Jackson – all over IT Limited

HIs your business taking advantage of the cloud services that are available now? Learn what this involves, how they work and how cost effective these services can be for your business. IT services for small businesses need not be large expenses and all over IT can show you how this can be achieved.

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Seminar room 3

What’s involved in preparing your business for sale?

Dave Morgan – LINK Business Broking

How do you get the pay out you deserve when it comes time to sell.
With 12 years’ experience selling businesses in the Wellington Region, Dave Morgan has seen several businesses get a great pay-out, and several others wishing they had prepared better.
Join us for this 30-minute presentation that you cannot afford to miss if you have any intention of selling your business in the immediate, short term or distant future.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Town Hall stage

Spark Lab and Spark Business Hutt-Kapiti Present – Creating or updating your business website

Stuart Dillon-Roberts – Founder, General Manager & Director of Digital Journey Company

Looking to make your business stand out online or considering creating a website for your business? It is so important your business is presented well online and the key information is accessible and easy to digest. We’ll explain the latest website trends and run through a checklist to assess if your website is the best it can be online. For those businesses wanting a new website we will show you how quickly and cost effectively it can be done.
We’ll cover:

  • Tips to make your website stand out and services you can use to create a video
  • We will show you tools to create a new website
  • Showcase services you can use to keep your site up to date without the need of a technical guru!
  • Run through add-ins to make your site looks like a pro!
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12:30 am – 1:00 pm Seminar room 1

Cyber security and your business

Kat Norman – Senior Stakeholder and Engagement Advisor, CERT NZ

New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) is a government enabled organisation and receives cyber security reports from all over New Zealand from a range of businesses and individuals. Come along and hear about what CERT NZ have seen in the threat landscape of New Zealand so far. Learn about some of the cyber security risks CERT NZ are seeing that exist for businesses and come away from this presentation with some practical advice and guidance on how you can protect your business, your people and your business information.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Seminar room 2

The Digital Journey – Make a digital impression today and create a customer for life!

Rob Bullen and Mid Thomas – Think Forward

What’s your buyer journey? And are you really at your best online? Join Think Forward for a fact finding, fast forward, opportunity to look into YOUR business. This interactive session, is designed so that you walk away with an ABC on how to engage your customer into a digital buyer process. You will take a high level holistic digital view of where you are at now….then sharp shoot that into what or where you could be.
This ain’t no lecture, its interactive so expect to do pre-work and expect to walk away with a plan & clarity. Digital Strategy is simply a really good plan. So let’s get that ball rolling for the kind of impressions that get you customers for life!

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Seminar room 3

Best Practice Complaints Handling

Hoani Te Pou – TDR Client Manager – Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Service (TDR)

Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Service (TDR) assists more than 2,000 consumers and small businesses a year in resolving complaints with their telecommunications providers. Over the last 11 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about the best way to handle complaints. Come along to this interactive session and learn some top tips for how to handle complaints from your customers. Topics covered include how to set up an easy complaints process, how to recognise complaints, and what to do about them.

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Town Hall Stage

4 Tips for Successful Sales to grow your Market share and influence your target market

Jean Barr – CEO & Director, Top Achievers Sales Training

Looking at your value proposition and what will differentiate you in your clients mind moving forward. Sales is what will drive your company growth in 2020 and beyond. With people increasingly looking for what they want on line – what do we have to do to secure sales.
Read Jeans bio here

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Seminar room 1

What Transformation Can Be – A shift from “Me” to “We” Thinking and Behaviour

Charles Tortise, Charles Tortise & Associates

Business leaders challenged by competition, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and scarce resources may opt for outside fixes like newer technology or waste/cost reduction techniques. Much more can be gained from their greatest, often, underdeveloped asset – the engagement, collaboration and innovation of their people. This seminar introduces how to transform some things they are already doing, and others possibly hidden until viewed from a different perspective.

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Seminar room 2

Growing your business through network marketing

Steve Hockley – Regional Director of BNI Wellington Central

This seminar is on how to grow your business via the most effective business growth marketing tool available, network marketing. Presented by a local networking expert. You will learn how and where to network your business and the key secret to success in networking.

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Seminar room 3

Cyber Security Risks and Awareness

Graeme McLellan – Senior Security Consultant at ANZ Wellington

Hear how to protect your identity and money online by building awareness of the latest scams affecting NZ business.
Learn about great online resources to stay safe online from ANZ, CERT NZ and Consumer Protection.

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2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Town Hall Stage

How To Use LinkedIn to Connect Your Business to Paying Clients

Roberta Hill – Founder and Solution Creator, The UpHillGroup

There are now almost 600 million professionals on LinkedIn. 80 percent of B2B leads generated on social media come from LinkedIn. It is now more important than ever to have an optimized LinkedIn Profile. Why? It represents your personal brand, helps you stand out as a thought leader and can capture the attention of potential customers.

We will cover:

  • The Top 5 “Real Estate” parts of your Profile
  • 3 Tips on Generating Leads
  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid when Connecting
  • A Personal Profile versus Business Page

Read Robertas bio here

Register Here