UWE hosts 'Knowing and Growing 2011'

Issue date: 21 October 2011


Knowing and Growing 2011: The Rise Annual Conference and Exhibition

UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre

1 November 2011 (08:30 -16:00)

Around 100 social enterprises and charities from across the South West will get the advice and expertise they need to compete, flourish and grow at a unique one day exhibition on 1 November 2011 at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The exhibition is hosted by UWE's Bristol Business School in partnership with the Social Enterprise Mark Company and RISE, the regional infrastructure organisation for social enterprise in the South West that will also host its annual conference at this event.

The event forms part of a new UWE-led initiative, Social Innovation in Business Research Partnership which will capitalise on UWE's knowledge transfer expertise to link up social enterprises with academic and commercial partners and practitioners to help them develop the skills, contacts and opportunities they need to take them forward.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Intellectual Property Office and is supported by Saffery Champness, Veale Wasborough Vizards and Moon Consulting.

Event Organiser, Bristol Business School's, Dr Lorna Collins explains, “Social enterprises are increasingly important to the UK and their ability to create, develop and deliver social innovation to assist communities of all kinds is crucial in the current economic climate. While there are plenty of innovative ideas, there is a failure to communicate them widely or to develop them adequately and a lack of adequate skills and knowledge prevents these social innovations from becoming widely successful.

“Through the Social Innovation in Business Research Partnership we aim to readdress this gap. We have established an online community where experts and practitioners can share advice and information with social enterprises virtually. We have established with help from our supporters a one day exhibition where expertise and knowledge can be shared. There will also be a series of workshops after Christmas hosted at UWE which will focus on particular issues of intellectual property.”

Gordon Morris, Managing Director, Age UK Enterprises will give the keynote address at the conference.

The exhibition will include workshops by expert providers on themes such as protecting your brand, impact marketing, developing a licence agreement and preparing to franchise. There is the opportunity to hear from social entrepreneurs, who are leading and innovating in their field, talk about their experiences, triumphs, challenges and winning ways. Professional advisors and intellectual property experts will also be on standby to offer advice on disciplines including finance, accounting, legal, purchasing, marketing and planning.

The support continues with free membership to the Knowing and Growing Online Community, an innovative network that will connect 120 social enterprises with a host of practitioners and strategic partners to exchange ideas and best practice.

Tickets to exhibit at the event cost £30.00 for organisations who wish to have an exhibition space while attendance to the conference is free for individuals and all UWE staff and students. For more information and to book a place visit: Knowing and Growing 2011: The Rise Annual Conference

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