Apprentice winner to inspire businesses at new Summit organised by UMi

The Summit, organised by UMi, hosts a dedicated Meet the Buyers event, where local suppliers will meet with the procurement teams of 25 major buyers looking to place lucrative contracts with businesses in the region.

This November, the East London Business Summit hosted by London City Airport, will welcome the first ever winner of the BBC show, The Apprentice, Tim Campbell MBE, to its line-up of top speakers.  

Taking place at the prestigious London Stadium on the 30th of November, the Summit is set to welcome over 400 delegates, including East London business owners, senior decision makers, partners of London City Airport and key regional stakeholders.

The Summit hosts a dedicated Meet the Buyers event, where local suppliers will meet with the procurement teams of 25 major buyers looking to place lucrative contracts with businesses in the region.

Since its creation, the East London Business Summit has welcomed huge success. Between 2018 and 2019 there were £3.2 million business transactions whilst most recently in 2022, over £5 million worth of contracts were secured.

Winning The Apprentice in 2005 and awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise Culture in 2012, Tim will share his inspirational story, from growing up in East London to the challenges he faced both professionally and personally. Tim will also share valuable insights into growing a business, including how to raise business profile, seizing new opportunities and navigating the unique challenges faced by East London businesses.

Tim will deliver his keynote speech alongside speakers from the Bank of England and Institute of Sales Professionals.

Tim Campbell MBE said:

“I’m very excited to be part of an event supporting London City Airport’s East London business community, particularly having grown up in the area.”

“It’s been a challenging climate for businesses and this year has been especially tough, so events like these, which enable entrepreneurs and business leaders to come together, are more important than ever.”

Wilma Allan, Chief Financial Officer, London City Airport, said:

“We are dedicated to supporting the local economy and helping SMEs to thrive, and these events are crucial to facilitating growth in the business community.

“In previous years the events have been highly successful in creating new work for local businesses, including over £5m worth of business deals done at the 2022 event, and so we’re excited see what this year has in store.”

East London Business Summit and Meet the Buyers has been made possible by London City Airport, with the support of UMi.

Nicki Clark OBE and Chief Executive at UMi said:

“We are excited to have Tim as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s event and look forward to hearing his unique story.

“Working once again with London City Airport and partners to give local businesses the opportunity to connect directly with major buyers makes us really proud and it’s a perfect example of UMi taking the hard work out of helping other business go further.” 

For suppliers, or businesses based in East London, our Meet the Buyers is an opportunity to have multiple well-structured and planned one-to-one meetings with major buyers in the same day, maximising time and value for all.

For buyers, or procurement teams typically from the public sector and construction sector, the event is an opportunity to source innovative and competitive SME suppliers in East London, supporting their supply chain sustainability targets.

Buyers confirmed so far include Barking & Dagenham Council, Canary Wharf Group, City of London of Corporation, Elkins Construction, Higgins Partnerships, Jerram Falkus, Rooff, Tate & Lyle Sugars and Tower Hamlets Council.

For more information and to register for the East London Business Summit event please visit;