Is Expo in your Calendar yet?

The Leasing World EXPO on Wednesday 2nd October, held exclusively for the leasing and asset finance industry, is now in its 5th year and it complements the NACFB’s Expo for commercial finance brokers

Our headline sponsor over the years, pan-European lessor Key Equipment Finance, has once again supported the EXPO and we are indeed grateful for the way they’ve backed us over the years.  The aim of the EXPO is to create the atmosphere of a trade fair, with lots of exhibitors, attendees, industry sessions, and something for everyone, from CEOs to Sales.

The Leasing World EXPO is being held once more, in what has become its Home ground, the Gladstone Library and Reading Rooms, in One Whitehall Place.  Formerly known as The Old Liberal Club, it is an absolutely magnificent heritage setting, reflecting all the glories of the Edwardian era, a large galleried hall flanked by marble pillars.

This year we’ve added the Churchill Bar to our venue, thanks to Mark Picken and Shire Leasing, where Sir Winston Churchill (when he was a Liberal) used to nurse a Johnny Walker and water in one hand, and a Romero y Julietta cigar in the other. It’s right next to the library, and we’re fitting a TV screen up to keep tabs on the sessions as they progress.

And the sessions are smoking hot ones!  The centrepiece of the day will be the lessor CEO panel deliberating the marketplace, Mike Randall of Close Brothers Asset Finance, Mike Francis of Investec Asset Finance, Carl d’Ammassa of Hitachi Capital Business Fiance, Mark Picken of Shire Leasing will give the Heads Up on the market as it is right there and then.

Leading up to it, will be a new style Legal Refresher session with DWF, Shoosmiths and Gateley each giving a short, sharp presentation on a 2013 Must-Know legal issue, and are available all day for questions and debate.  And the line up would not be complete without a Technology session, that magic stuff that secretly drives the industry, with panellists from Leaseteam, Virtual Lease Services and Nostrum Group.

EXPO is free to attend, but as a help to the hardworking organisers we do ask you to pre-register on the website, just go to and click on our EXPO banner.

It’s all made possible thanks to our lead sponsor Key Equipment Finance, while CHP Consulting provides the coffee and refreshments, and you can spot their barristas by the CHP T-shirts they wear.  New Leaf Search, the recruitment consultancy, is another long term supporter of the EXPO event, always providing the delegate bags, and our thanks to Shire Leasing for sponsoring the Churchill Bar.

Our exhibitors this year should make for an exciting show, they include many new names, from funders, software providers, consultants, asset managers and media – look out for:

  • Mobile Productivity
  • Close Business Finance
  • Cordoba Group
  • Cassiopae
  • Gately
  • Euromoney Publications
  • HR Revolution
  • Liberty Leasing
  • Conister Bank
  • United Trust Bank
  • D&D Leasing
  • NetSol Technologies
  • Nostrum Group
  • Scanmaster
  • Shire Leasing
  • Shoosmiths
  • Total Asset Recovery
  • Virtual Lease Services

Our conference is chaired by Lindsay Town, a figure of formidable stature in the UK leasing industry, having been “at the top” throughout the past twenty years, and recently appointed chairman of the Leasing Foundation Fellows.

Top tips of the day? Get there early, speak to everybody, attend every session, and take away all the brochures, guides, and business cards you can carry.
Book a ticket for the Leasing World Awards Dinner that same evening, then you can go straight downstairs to the Whitehall Suite and enjoy a superb evening in the presence of the top contenders in the UK leasing industry.  You don’t even have to change, as business attire is the norm.  | August 2013

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