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NOTE: Tracks A, B and S are now full
but we can consider extra proposals for
Tracks C, E and M


New and growing businesses are vital to economic growth and innovation. Many people around the world are engaged in promoting enterprise and supporting entrepreneurs with exciting programmes.

  • Do you see Enterprise as a transformational force for people and communities?

  • Do you support Enterprise Promotion, as a practitioner, funder or policymaker?

  • Are you proud of your own achievements? Do you want to share your successes?

  • Would you like to learn from the experience of colleagues around the World?

If you can answer YES to even one of these questions, you should come and speak at IEPC 2010, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire from 8-10 November 2010.

The inaugural International Enterprise Promotion Convention last year demonstrated the demand for an event which brings together a host of people with a common interest in Enterprise Promotion. The informal and participative format worked well and the Harrogate location, with its superb International Convention Centre and wide range of nearby accommodation and hospitality options, was the perfect venue. Our aim is for IEPC 2010 to be bigger and better than ever. Hard-hitting plenary speakers, contrasting policy and practice, more focussed workshop themes, more time for discussion, better value. Come and join us at IEPC2010. We look forward to welcoming you to Harrogate in November.

FROM the Directors of the International Association for Enterprise Promotion:

David Irwin, George Derbyshire, Tony Robinson, Brian and Beryl Dunsby.


The three plenary session topics are briefly:

  • Opening Plenary: Enterprise Support Policy vs. Practice

  • Middle Plenary: Entrepreneurship Education Policy vs. Practice

  • Closing Plenary: Enterprising Inspiration for Youth

The main themes to be addressed in participative Workshops, Case Studies and Debates are:-

A - Advancing entrepreneurship education inspiring young people

B - Business creation and development - stimulating start-ups

C - Community groups and social enterprises inspiring social benefits

E - E-business, e-learning, e-marketing - and now social networking

M - Management and business development - for global growth

S - Supporting small business development new tools and techniques

Presentations are invited on all these main themes and related topics, although any other topics associated with the overall Convention theme of International Enterprise Promotion would also be welcomed. Preference will be given to speakers presenting short case studies, practical reports and video presentations of best practice and innovation in the promotion of entrepreneurship and the creation and support of new and growing businesses in different countries.

The key aim of this Convention is to share experience of successful programmes, whilst highlighting the policy implications, so that the many organisations, agencies and individuals trying to stimulate enterprise all around the world can learn from each other and improve what they do.


These participative Workshops will be facilitated by relevant Organisations and co-chaired by specialists in these subjects who will highlight recent experiences in the field and then stimulate discussion and debate over the practical and policy implications of the presentations. For this reason all presentations are limited to 15 minutes with no more than three presentations per session. These sessions will be an opportunity for all delegates to exchange views and learn, whilst networking with other delegates in the same field from around the world. The parallel workshops will comprise several sessions focussing on specialised topics within each theme as detailed on Workshop Themes & Topics page. Click here


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 the UK and overseas including for example:

  • 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.


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

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

  • Share best practice in business creation and support services

  • Hear from successful enterprise promotion programmes world-wide

  • Exchange experience in entrepreneurship education & training

  • Debate new approaches to small business development

  • Consider applications & policy implications of many innovations

  • Develop existing networks and establish new working relationships


    Notification of your proposed Presentation Topic should be made via the website Log-in Enquiry Form with a maximum of 85 characters including spaces:

    Summaries should then be submitted on-line using templates and headings provided to enable them to be compiled and published in the Convention Handbook. All complete presentations received on time will be published on the Convention Web Site. Click here for the submission timetable and limits

    Notification of Proposed Presentation Topic

    maximum 85 characters & spaces

    31st July 2010

    Summaries for all Plenary Presentations

    minimum 200, max 400 words

    31st Aug 2010

    Summaries for Workshop Presentations

    minimum 200, max 400 words

    31st Aug 2010

    PowerPoint Presentations Plenary & W/S

    minimum 5, maximum 15 frames

    30th Sept 2010

    Full Registration by at least one author

    with payment of applicable fees

    30th Sept 2010


    Acceptance decisions on all presentations offered will be based on relevance to the overall Convention theme, quality of the summary and its application in other locations. More detailed criteria will be given in presentation guidance notes covering structure, content and format.


    All Speakers whose presentations are accepted will be offered a 25% discount off the full Delegate Rate for the whole Convention but they will have to cover their own travel, accommodation and subsistence. (Discount is limited to one person per presentation)  Click here for Registration information


    Contact: Maggie Hall, Convention Coordinator, PO Box 288, Dept EP020, Harrogate HG1 9AX, UK

    E-mail:  Website:

    Tel: +44(0)1423 879208 Fax: +44(0)1423 870025

    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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    Convention Secretariat, PO Box 288, Dept W10, Harrogate, HG1 9AX, UK
     Tel:  +44 (0) 1423 879208   Fax:  +44 (0) 1423 870025   E-mail: