SMi Group

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global company that specialises in the production of Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops and Masterclasses. We research, create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

We believe in bringing you the best events incorporating:

  • In-depth analysis of the subject matter
  • Tools, techniques and information to immediately benefit your business
  • High level contact with expert speakers
  • Insight into new areas, refreshing your knowledge
  • Opportunities to learn from key opinion leaders, and to engage through Q&A
  • Sessions with leading professionals and to network before, during and after event

Our management team has more than 70 years collective experience in the conference industry and our long-term success has been established by providing a reliable and expert service. This gives you the delegate, the confidence and reassurance, in knowing that we have brought you the best speakers and content for 20 years. The SMi management team plays a very active role in the day to day running of the business and events and we look forward to meeting you at an event soon!

Conferences: we take a great deal of time in preparing our conferences and sourcing the Key Opinion Leaders in their chosen field. Our content is deliberately designed to be topical, timely and relevant. Each conference is tailored to give you the delegate, great insights, in order for you to learn, engage and network with your peers and industry professionals. Most conferences last 2-3 days and are hosted at top hotels in major cities around the globe. Each event has an average of 16 -18 speakers and all content is available to delegates online during and after the event at NO additional cost!

Workshops: SMi workshops take place either before or after our flagship conferences and are an opportunity to have more intimate discussions with the key opinion leaders and allow the delegate to delve deeper into the subject matter. We also encourage the delegate to play a greater role here, by interacting with the workshop leader. Workshops are normally a half day but occasionally last a full day running from 9am - 5pm. Each workshop leader prepares the correct resources for you to use during the workshop.

Masterclasses: SMi Masterclasses take the latest hot topics and turn them into practical, interactive training sessions. They cover a wide variety of subjects across multiple industries and are suitable for both high level strategists and/or individuals new to an industry or concept. All courses are CPD accredited and therefore also offer measurable value as part of your continued professional development.


CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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UK Office
Opening Hours: 9.00 - 17.30 (local time)
SMi Group Ltd, 1 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7827 6001
Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
Registered in England No: 3779287 VAT No: GB 976 2951 71

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