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We regret that we are not able to organise another International Enterprise Promotion Convention due to the UK Government's economic cuts which have resulted in the closure of the Regional Development Agencies and Business Links, who were major supporters of the event.

For the same reason we cannot secure any external sponsorship from Banks or Universities, etc, and we cannot be assured of sufficient paying delegates to cover the basic costs of the venue and the catering.

We would recommend you attend the following similar events as detailed on their websites:

1. International Council for Small Business World Conference -

2. International Network for Small & Medium Enterprises -

3. International Small Business Congress -

4. International Society for Small & Medium Enterprise -

Thank you for your personal support for our past events and we do hope to meet you again in the future.

Copies of the Handbooks and the CDs of Proceedings of IEPC 2009 and 2010 may be ordered from the Secretariat click here

CLICK HERE for IEPC 2010 Photographs

CLICK HERE to download IEPC 2010 Programme

Promoting best practice and innovation in the creation and support

of small businesses world-wide including

  • Inspiring enterprise in young people

  • Inclusion of under-represented communities

  • New approaches to inspiring business start-ups

  • Identifying and promoting growth and innovation

  • New tools and techniques for business support

  • Social networking for business growth

Workshop Summaries + Presentations

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8-page Presentation Schedule
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Online Enterprise Promotion Bookstore
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Click for podcasts of Plenary Sessions
plus Leadsure delegate interviews

Plenary Sessions:

A) Enterprise Support

B) Entrepreneurship Education

C) Enterprising Inspiration for Youth

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Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State
for Business and Enterprise

The first priority of this Government is to transform our economy and reduce our deficit. Private enterprise is key to our strategy for economic growth and, therefore, helping new businesses to start and grow is vital in the coming years.  more...


Directors of the International Association
for Enterprise Promotion:

David Irwin, George Derbyshire,
Tony Robinson, Brian Dunsby

New and growing businesses are vital to economic growth and innovation. Many people round the world are engaged in promoting enterprise and supporting entrepreneurs and there are some exciting programmes. more ...


  • “Learned a lot and will apply to improve what I am doing to upgrade academic programme in entrepreneurship.”   Prof Edwin Bbenkele, Head, Dept of Entrepreneurship, Univ of Johannesburg, South Africa

  • “It was really great to have so many practitioners there from around the world. I learnt a lot. What a difference from the normal narrow academic scenario.”  Prof Allan Gibb, Professor Emeritus, University of Durham

  • “Great focus on practitioners’ experience. Great international flavour - made great networks - formed potential partnerships.”  Kyleen Myrah, School of Business, Okanagan University College, Canada

  • “Hugely successful conference in Harrogate with a very impressive list of speakers and delegates. Excellent organisation, scale and quality of event, which I hope will be the first of many.”   Paul Davidson, Chief Executive, Bolton Business Ventures Ltd

  • “The entire Conference was a real knock out – well done!”   Prof Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Cambridge

  • “You are to be congratulated on setting a new standard of excellence in conferences for UK business leaders, innovators and practitioners. Best conference I have attended for a very long time.”  Ramadan S Elmorhag, Head of Planning & Business Environment, National Programme for Small & Medium Enterprises, Libya

  • “… it was a great event, I really enjoyed it and there was lots of positive feedback afterwards.”  Rachel Elnaugh, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor, Business Consultant and Author, London

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This Convention is being organised on a low-cost not-for-profit basis so that as many SME specialists and support organisations as possible can attend from both the UK and overseas e.g.

  • Business Advisers, Brokers, Coaches, Consultants, Counsellors, Facilitators & Mentors

  • Enterprise Agencies; Incubation & Innovation Centres; Science Parks; Support Organisations

  • Entrepreneurship Educators, Teachers & Trainers; Qualifying Bodies; Professional Institutes

  • Financiers & Venture Capitalists; Government SME-Policy Makers; Development Agencies

  • SME Support Organisations; Trade Associations; Chambers of Trade & Commerce, etc.

Facilities will be available for each special interest group to have their own Plenary and Workshop Sessions plus appropriate evening social events within the overall programme.


An ideal opportunity to learn about best practice in enterprise promotion + valuable CPD:

  • Interact with practitioners, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and advisers

  • Share best practice in business creation and support services

  • Hear case histories from successful enterprise promotion programmes

  • Exchange experience in entrepreneurship education and training

  • Debate new approaches to small business management and development

  • Consider applications and policy implications of many innovations

  • Develop existing networks and establish new working relationship

Main Supporters

The Queen's Awards

Santander Business Banking -

Yorkshire Bank

A4e Enterprise & Education -

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies

Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative

Young Enterprise -

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