2016 Conference – Friday 18th November 2016

Thanks to the generous support of our event partner NatWest, our day long conference once again took place at the RBS Conference Centre in central London.

Our network is certainly navigating new waters, our programme looked in detail at exactly how the enterprise support sector might be affected for the future, and as a network determine how we can best steer ourselves through the changes ahead.

See our news wrap up piece here on the 2016 Annual Conference for further information.


From 9am: Registration and refreshments

9.45 – 10:15am: AGM
– for National Enterprise Network members only

10:30am: Conference kick off
Welcomes and introductions – Graham Marley, 2016 National Enterprise Network Chairman

10:40am: Words from our sponsor
Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director of Business Banking, NatWest

10:50am: Meet our facilitator
Tanya Beckett, presenter of BBC World News, Business Live and the business news on Radio 4’s Today starts to steer the day ahead.

11:00am: Keynote speaker
Louise Cooper, Chartered Financial Analyst and reporter on economics and market activity for senior economists and policy makers assesses the market.

11:30am: The future of business support
In an interactive panel session between key sector contributors, we look at what business support might need to look and feel like in the future to ensure our member organisations remain sustainable and in a position to continue their social purpose.


  • Lynne Miles, Deputy Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
    Phil Ashford, Director, Enterprise Exchange
    Allen Pluck, Chief Executive, Portobello Business Centre

12:30pm: Networking Lunch

1:30pm: Motivational Speaker
We hear from athlete Harriet Lee who’ll highlight the links between sporting success and business; sharing her experience and very personal journey to Paralympics Bronze at London 2012, Silver at Rio 2016 and towards her campaign for success at Tokyo 2020.

1.50pm: Alternative sources of funding
This session will look at alternative sources of funding for NEN members, using clear illustrations of success already seen and examples of future opportunities too.


  • Richard Abbott, Business Consultant – ‘Working with Trust and Charities’
    Dr Dawn Cranswick, Chief Executive, PNE Group – ‘The value of Private Sector Partnerships’
    Adam Bryan, Director, SE LEP – ‘The national LEP view and public sector opportunities’

3pm: Afternoon coffee break

3:30pm: Enterprise impact – the growth of a start up business
An interview with Seb Francis, Co-Founder of Titus Learning – a successful business start-up that has benefited from exceptional support from NEN member Airedale Enterprise Services.

4:00pm: NEN update and conference close
Presented by Dawn Whiteley MBE, Chief Executive National Enterprise Network

4.15pm: The 2016 National Enterprise Networks Awards ceremony
Announcing the winners of this year’s awards. See the winners here

5pm: After event drinks reception
Open to all delegates – a final opportunity for networking and reflection on the day before heading home.