Sunday 5 September 2004

Institute for Small Business Affairs Conference

William Sargent, Founder of Framestore-CFC, and current Chair of the UK Small Business Council will be the opening keynote speaker at the ISBA National Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne on 3rd November. William is also the voice for small business across Whitehall - he has access to the Prime Minister and attends the Ministerial Panel for Regulatory Accountability. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on current SME Policy and the way in which entrepreneurship is creating opportunities in the UK today, facilitated by Professor Monder Ram of De Montfort University. The panel will include two other members of the Small Business Council, Professor David Storey of Warwick University and Ms Caroline Hughes of Clickhere Ltd, an ICT staff and management training company based on Teesside.

Graduate Entrepreneurship is a priority

In view of the Government's declared intention to foster entrepreneurship for graduates and for young people generally, the Minister of State for Higher Education, the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP has been invited to open the second Plenary Session entitled "Entrepreneurship Education - Creating the next generation of Enterprises". A European Survey Entrepreneurship Education will then be presented by Philippe Albert, President of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Small Business Network at the European Foundation for Management Development. A panel will then discuss latest trends in entrepreneurship education worldwide, facilitated by Professor Allan Gibb.

Social Events

On the Tuesday evening prior to the Conference, an optional Welcome Reception on Gateshead Quays will be hosted by Gateshead Council at St. Mary's Visitor Centre overlooking the River Tyne. Delegates will have access to the Visitor Centre and to the BALTIC, the new International Centre for Contemporary Art, with a unique view of the riverside and the city. On the Wednesday evening The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will host a Reception prior to the optional Gala Dinner in the impressive baronial style Banqueting Hall at Newcastle Civic Centre. After the dinner delegates will be able to explore the wide variety of city centre pubs, bars and nightlife, which are only a short walk from our hotels.

Further Details

The Principal Sponsors of the Conference are the Small Business Service and One North East, the Regional Development Agency, supported by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, Tees Valley Partnership, INBIZ and ACCA.

The level of interest in this Conference greatly exceeds that of recent ISBA Conferences due to the highly relevant content and the wider marketing of the event. At the time of writing, over 570 people have enquired about the Conference, while over 260 of them intend to present a paper or review experience and best practice in one of the specialised tracks.

For more information, please consult the conference web site:, alternatively mail the secretariat at enquiries

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