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Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Conference 2011 - LOGO

Driving economic recovery by unlocking talent for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Employment and the economy are unlikely to recover quickly unless there is substantial growth in existing and emerging small businesses. In the main, the public sector will be reducing employment whilst large and multinational organisations will be cautious about recruitment whilst the current financial climate continues.

Despite the well meaning and well structured initiatives to enable the inactive labour force to return to employment, this will not be fully effective without the creation of new employment or self-employment prospects.

So – how will micro-businesses be created and developed; how will growing SMEs be stimulated and supported and how should we harness and re-develop the natural UK ideas and enterprise culture that will reinvigorate the economy?

This one-day conference will explore:

  • Emerging developments in entrepreneurship and innovation in new ventures
  • Policy objectives and strategic priorities for enterprise growth
  • How education stimulates the first steps into Entrepreneurship
  • The role of a Local Enterprise Partnership in driving economic growth
  • The creation, role and development of Social Enterprises
  • The finance and investment perspectives
  • Starting in Business including the challenges facing young people

The conference will be chaired by Dr David Rae, a leading innovator and researcher in business management, enterprise and learning who will lead the "Question Time" style panel and audience debate in the late morning session. The panel members will address questions sent in advance by delegates and live questions on the day.

Dr Rae will be supported in the debate and the plenary sessions by an exciting mix of speakers describing their different approaches, experiences and successes. Greg Chammings (BIS) will start off by describing the Government's strategic priorities and expectations for growing enterprise. The relationships with the new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and the business community will be provided by Tim Hutchings whilst other leading experts in their field will outline how entrepreneurs learn and can be developed to create new opportunities. This will include Sabirul Islam: author and motivational speaker narrating a case study of how young people can realise business start-ups.

Delegates will have the opportunity to submit questions and opinions in advance and to join in the live debate on the current challenges facing entrepreneurship and enterprise in the UK.

Who Should Attend:

Existing and potential Directors and Partners from SMEs and Micro-businesses; Educators, researchers and trainers from Universities, Business Schools and Further Education; Potential investors into enterprise; Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), Government and Local Authority staff with enterprise and employment responsibilities; potential and actual entrepreneurs and work programme providers

Attendance at this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network and share good practice and experiences.

Exhibitors Stands

The Conference will also have a number of Exhibitor Stands. Please visit the exhibitor’s page on this website for further information.