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 14 June 2019

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Welcome To Talking Point Of Business

Welcome to Talking Point of Business.  This is the sixth 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 14 June 2019 for the liveliest conference you will attend all year!

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Gary Nightingale will be our resident illustrator this year at Talking Point of Business.  Find out more under Quick Links.

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Our Keynote Speakers

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Duncan Yellowlees

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Duncan has been training performers in one form or another for over a decade; first in theatre, then science communication and now in the art of presenting and strongly believes that although all these forms are different, the skills and fundamental basis are the same. The key is connecting to your audience emotionally as well as logically.

A masters degree in science communication forged a fascination with expert to non-expert communication, how it works and what happens when it goes wrong. Since then he's thrown himself into the world of communication and presentation. He is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with others and has seen first hand how influential good speakers can be.

You can find out more at:

Kathryn Dishman-Baird

KD Communications

Kathryn Dishman-Baird is Director of KD Communications and Founder of Headliners: The PR and Digital Marketing Academy. She’s an award winning PR professional, content creator and self confessed social media geek who lives and breathes all things PR and digital marketing. At KD Communications Kathryn works with businesses like yours offering consultancy and training to help you #shareyourstory in the right way to grow your audience. That means getting exposure for your brand so you’re seen by the right people, at the right time, on the right channels.

To find out more about Kathryn and the work she does visit:

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Kevin Anderson

The Story Edge

Kevin Anderson is, The Story Edge.  He created his business to change the way organisations communicate. He teaches and inspires people to become confident storytellers. Kevin gives people the tools to sell products and services to their ideal clients. He gives them the skills to sell ideas and new ways of thinking to their team, managers and partners.

Kevin believes:

"if you use stories to communicate you can create an Edge for your organisation. You can stand out. You can outshine your competitors by communicating in the most natural way. You can educateentertain and  persuade by treating stories, as your ultimate communications asset."

You can find out more at:

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Victoria Fleming


Victoria is an energetic sales speaker, drawing on years of experience from the top of high turnover organisations.

How energetic?  Picture the Duracell Bunny after a double espresso and a gallon of Berocca.

Through her “Get Rich Quick Scam” programme, online training and weekly ‘Sales at Six’ sessions, consultancy and mentoring, Victoria delivers straightforward sales skills and a unique approach to create sales and commercial innovation within any business.  Most importantly she builds confidence in creating interactions that rocket businesses and leave individuals feeling fantastic about selling and delivering the stratospheric results they deserve.

She loves to burst open the secrets she has learned, but more importantly, helps people to love and take pride in their selling.  No double-glazing-double-talk, no Apprentice-style bluster.

She also enjoys pirate jokes.  Find out more at:

Group Masterclass

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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.

She is also a Business Author of The Referral Harvester, and is currently working on her White Paper and next book, providing the findings of her most recent productivity research.  Watch this space!!

Our Masterclass Leaders

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Beverly Sherratt

LaunchPad HR Ltd.

Beverly is co-founder of LaunchPad HR Ltd.  Her passion is human behaviour and communication.  Her work focuses on developing strengths and confidence in others, removing barriers to progress.

For Beverly it's all about progressing to the next level and she gives people the skills, confidence and motivation to do just that.

Beverly has spent over 20 years working in large corporate organisations, and small businesses, developing people, teams and organisation culture and designing organisations to help them be the best they can be.  Indeed the company she worked with in 2010 gained the highest Public Sector, North East placing in the Sunday Times Best Companies Awards.

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Polly Brennan

Adventurous Coaching

Polly is an experienced coach who helps you promote your mental ‘wealth’ and well-being so that you can be a fully thriving individual.

With 25 years of experience working in NHS mental health teams, founder of Adventurous Coaching, Polly Brennan has supported people who struggle to overcome roadblocks by providing a toolkit of resilience strategies.

Her private practice focuses on enabling clients to gaining Mental Wealth so they can have more, be more and do more.

In life and in business even the most creative and successful people can lack resilience, feel stuck or find themselves at a crossroads without a clear direction and plan to move forward.

Polly coaches people to thrive in their personal and professional life, supporting them to develop sustainable wellbeing and professional growth. She has a great reputation for achieving results, sharing expertise, enthusiasm and energy.

Regardless of the challenge Polly has the knowledge, skills and wisdom to help you to reach your goal, to reignite your fire and live a more adventurous life - whatever that looks like to you.

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Aileen Smith

The Health Heroine

Aileen Smith is The Health Heroine with a mission to “help people in business invest in their health in a way which will empower them to gain more energy, clarity and body confidence in order to maximise their professional performance and to live life to the full inside and outside of their business”.

Aileen is a successful businesswoman and nutritionist.  As an owner /director of a catering and hospitality business Aileen took her business from start up to sale in a decade and in the process, realised that ‘running on empty’ took a toll on her health and love of life.  This led her to discover a passion for nutrition and functional medicine and to study nutritional therapy for 4 years at The Institute For Optimum Nutrition, London.

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Sanjee Ratnatunga

Ideas For Change Consulting

Sanjee Ratnatunga is a qualified economist and economic development practitioner. She has an excellent track record in developing and managing successful business support services.  During her career, she has spoken at International and national conferences on business and enterprise thinking and economic policy development.

Sanjee is strongly motivated by exploring fresh thinking and new approaches.  She has an open, collaborative and engaging style which has led her to develop several effective partnerships and a strong professional network in the North East. She also brings her passion and enthusiasm for small businesses to her coaching, mentoring and business development programmes.

Through Ideas for Change, she has contributed to the growth and sustainability of businesses around the UK.  She is keen to share her networks to develop and support small businesses.

Find out more at:

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Julie Allan

JLA Accounting Ltd.

Julie is a Chartered Accountant.  Prior to setting up her own accountancy firm, Darlington based JLA Accounting, in 2011, she worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers and Haines Watts Accountancy firms.  She now works with her business partner helping small businesses in the North East and further afield.

Julie provides a fresh new approach to accounting. She is committed to offering a cost-effective, personalised and professional service to all her clients. Understanding that each client's needs are different, Julie prides her self on providing a bespoke offer that takes away the fear and mystery of business accounts and finance.

Find out more about Julie and JLA Accounting at:

Get Involved

You can get involved before and on the day.

Why not sponsor Talking Point of Business 2019.  You can do this in a number of ways:

You can sponsor:

  • the whole event;
  • refreshments;
  • delegate bags;
  • prizes.

Email us if you'd like to be a sponsor -

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.



The Venue

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The Assembly Rooms
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The Event Room, The Assembly Rooms

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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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