Britain’s best businesses to be inspired at Sage Summit London

Sage, market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, will host one of Europe’s biggest business conventions when it opens its doors to more than 5,000 of the UK’s small, medium and enterprise businesses at Sage Summit at the ExCel centre in London on April 5-6th.


London, 06 March 2017 -  Following the success of Chicago’s 2016 event, Sage Summit is coming to London for the first time. It is one of Europe’s biggest business events, bringing together businesses, accountants and partners with industry experts, Sage product gurus and inspirational keynote speakers.

The event will cater for businesses at every stage of their journey – whether this is from budding start-ups to multinational enterprises. It will showcase customers, technology and opportunities for businesses that have been around for 20 years or 20 minutes. 

From motivating entrepreneurs, to helping small businesses make admin invisible with Artificial Intelligence, the latest in business and accounting tech trends to providing insight into hot topics like Making Tax Digital, Sage Summit brings together what matters most to businesses today in a two-day event in London.

It aims to help UK businesses, partners and accountants, work harder and smarter through:

  • Informative keynotes from entrepreneurs and business leaders that will entertain, inform, and excite
  • Unveiling the latest technology available to UK businesses via its interactive Tech Zone area where bots, Artificial Intelligence and Sage’s latest product announcements will be showcased
  • Panel debates that aim to get under the skin of government changes, such as Making Tax Digital
  • Masterclasses helping to upskill businesses through free support from leading experts including Google.

The event will showcase how businesses can embrace technology to be best positioned for success in a changing world, as well as shining a light on the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Speakers include:

  • Deborah Meaden – the brilliant UK serial entrepreneur and Dragons' Den investor
  • Martha Lane Fox, CBE – the dot.com driving force behind last.minute.com, Board member at Twitter, philanthropist, and public servant
  • Sahar Hashemi, OBE – UK entrepreneur, author and Founder of Coffee Republic and the woman responsible for the roll-out of Change Please, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee carts
  • Jamal Edwards, MBE – the hugely talented 26-year old rapper turned multi-millionaire video entrepreneur and SBTV founder

Sage Summit London is being sponsored by Microsoft, Draycir, Aviva Life Services and Datel, amongst others. For more information on the individual sessions, please visit the online catalogue.

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*Source: Government's Business Population Estimates 2015.


About Sage

Sage is the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of entrepreneurs and business builders.

Today, business builders measure success in strong relationships, partnerships, and communities. It’s why Sage helps drive today’s business builders with the most intelligent and flexible cloud-enabled software, support and advice to manage everything from money to people.

Daily, more than 13,000 Sage colleagues in 23 countries work with a thriving global community of over 3 million entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers to champion the success of business builders everywhere. And as a FTSE 100 business, we are passionate about doing business the right way, supporting our local communities through the Sage Foundation. 

Sage Summit is one of Europe’s biggest business events, bringing together 5,000 business, accountants and partners with industry experts, Sage product experts and inspirational keynote speakers. It’s the ideal opportunity for businesses to access up to the minute thought leadership, connect with industry-leading experts, see the latest smart tech developments for helping them run their businesses, attend demos and specialist sessions, learn about forthcoming developments like Making Tax Digital and network with peers. Sage Summit is at ExCel London on 5 and 6 April 2017. You can find out more about Sage Summit  or register to attend.

About our guest speakers

Deborah Meaden - UK entrepreneur and Dragons' Den investor, deborahmeaden.com.

With several successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt, Deborah decided to take up a position in the family amusement arcade business. Starting on the shop floor she worked her way up to Operations Director before moving across into the holiday park side of the business, Weststar Holidays. Within two years she had been promoted to Managing Director and grew the company to provide high-quality UK family holidays for over 150,000 people per year.

She sold the company to Phoenix Equity Partners in 2005 in a deal worth £33 million, whilst retaining a 23% stake. She sold this when Weststar was sold to Parkdean Holidays for £83 million.

Deborah joined the panel of investors for series three of the BBC2 programme 'Dragons' Den' and has since invested in a number of businesses. 

Martha Lane Fox, CBE - British businesswoman, philanthropist, and public servant, marthalanefoxblog.com.

An inspirational dot.com driving force and entrepreneur, Martha Lane Fox CBE is passionate about promoting the need for skills and understanding of the digital world in all parts of the UK economy.

Martha co-founded lastminute.com in the dotcom boom, and later Lucky Voice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. In 2016 Martha became a board member of Twitter.

As founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk – an organisation helping to rebuild Britain for the networked age – she is currently fighting for a fairer internet for all.

Martha joined the UK House of Lords as a crossbencher in 2013, becoming its youngest female member. She was also appointed as Chancellor of the Open University in 2014. 

Sahar Hashemi, OBE – UK entrepreneur and Founder of Coffee Republic, saharhashemi.com.

Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30 million. Giving up professional careers (she was a lawyer in London) they staked everything on a dream and made Coffee Republic one of the main players in the coffee revolution that transformed the UK high street.

She published a bestselling book Anyone Can Do It – Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table which is the second highest selling book on entrepreneurship after Richard Branson. Her most recent book, Switched On,  focuses on eight habits that foster a more entrepreneurial mindset for employees.  

 In June 2012 Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity and was listed in the Maserati 100, definitive list of 100 of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, who are supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.  

Jamal Edwards, MBE – 26-year old rapper turned multi-millionaire video entrepreneur and SBTV founder

Jamal established the online music platform SBTV when he was 15 years old by filming and uploading videos to YouTube of his friends rapping. Since then he’s grown SBTV into a renowned brand with global reach. Number 2 on The Guardian’s 2014 list of top young people in digital media, Jamal was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2015. He’s also a best-selling author.


Media Relations at Sage

Kate Bonner, Director of Communications