The Retrain Expo at ExCeL London

Longer working lives, combined with shifts in the economy and labour market, have led to a greater need for adults to retrain and upskill. A recent survey shows that a third of adults are looking to change careers in the next two years, however almost 70% think they lack the skills to do so. This is where Retrain Expo can help, this event takes a different approach to careers compared to traditional ways of thinking – we take into account the world of entrepreneurship and support you through coaching, community and technology.

We are working with our exhibitors to provide you with a bespoke range of services you will need as an individual or a business. Our event is divided into zones to easily showcase different aspects of retraining that will be relevant for you. The zones we have are the Partner Zone, Technology Zone, Career Change & Development Zone, Apprenticeship Zone and the Training & Coaching Zone.

Technology Zone

Providing staff with opportunities for training and upskilling is an increasingly important and an expensive part of running a successful running business. According to the latest Training Industry Report, the average training expenditure for large companies in 2020 was a staggering £17 million. 

It is estimated that VR/AR training will contribute £225 billion to the global economy by 2030.

Career Change & Development Zone

A study conducted by Aviva showed that three fifths of UK workers (60%) intend to make changes to their careers as a result of the Covid outbreak, an increase of seven percentage since July 2020 (53%). 

recent survey found that nearly one in three workplaces in the UK don't provide any opportunities for their employees to learn new skills at all.

Apprenticeship Zone

Apprentices get the opportunity to learn skills on the job, gain nationally-recognised qualifications and earn a salary. As a small business, you benefit from a talent pool of enthusiastic individuals who can become valuable members of the working team. In fact, 80% of companies that have invested in apprenticeships report an improvement in staff retention. 

Training & Coaching Zone

Coaching and mentoring can be effective approaches to enhance the skills, knowledge and performance of employees around specific skills and goals.

A report indicates that entrepreneurs with mentors are 5 times more likely to succeed in new business. In fact, mentoring has proved so beneficial that 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. 

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Our interactive masterclasses are your opportunity to receive mentoring and education from industry experts in close quarters. Reinforce your knowledge from the show, with masterclasses covering everything from financing your business and setting up trademarks to finding the right property and marketing.  


Meet over 500 industry leading exhibitors showcasing all the latest products and services needed to take your business to the next level. Whether you need help with your website and advertising your business, want to learn the latest in HR and recruitment or find the latest products to help keep your business safety, we’ve got you covered.


With over 25,000 business owners and SMEs expected to attend the next edition of the show, it’s the perfect opportunity to network with other business professionals. With designated networking areas, speed networking sessions

Panel Discussions 

We have gathered a line-up of panel discussions that will be made up of global professionals keen to share their knowledge and experience in order to help you expand your business overseas and grow internationally. 

The Business Show 

Running alongside Retrain Expo we have Europe's largest business show. Helping SMEs and startups grow and develop. Built from the ground up to equip, educate and encourage the small businesses and entrepreneurs of the world. The Business Show gathers and showcases the knowledge and services of hundreds of business experts and leaders. 


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