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Mark Prisk MP


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.

This Government wants to light the fires of enterprise in every corner of our country and make the next decade the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in Britain's history.

To encourage growth and ensure businesses receive the support they need, we will tackle issues such as the availability of finance; promoting a positive business environment, including reducing the burden of regulation; the modernisation of business support and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture.

The International Enterprise Promotion Convention can help business creation and support organisations to share best practice and innovation in promoting and supporting enterprise.

I would like to wish this event every success.

Sue Hayes


Sue Hayes, Managing Director
Santander Business Banking

Santander Business Banking is delighted to be supporting the 2nd International Enterprise Promotion Convention.   This is a unique event in that it brings together many of the organisation in the UK and internationally that recognise the importance of promoting and supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises.

Santander is a challenger in the business banking market and committed to helping businesses in the UK.  We have increased our lending to small and medium sized businesses by 20% in the first half of 2010 and continue to offer fee free banking for life to the majority of our customers.  

We are also helping customers both with our asset and liability range of products and believe that in difficult times it is imperative for businesses to make the most of whatever they have. We are delighted to support the IEPC and the government, in their efforts to support businesses and the economy

l to r: Brian Dunsby,
David Irwin,
George Derbyshire,
Tony Robinson

IAEP Directors:

David Irwin, George Derbyshire, Tony Robinson, Brian and Beryl Dunsby
Directors of the International Association for Enterprise Promotion

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.

Do you see Enterprise as a transformational force for people and communities? Do you support Enterprise Promotion, as a practitioner, funder or policymaker? Do you want to share your successes? And learn from the experience of colleagues around the World?

If you can answer Yes to even one of these questions, you should be at IEPC 2010, at Harrogate, North Yorkshire from 8-10 November.

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 to be bigger and better than ever. Hard-hitting

plenary speakers, more focused themes, more time for discussion, better value.

Come and join us at IEPC 2010: We look forward to welcoming you to Harrogate!


David Irwin


David Irwin (QAEP 2009)
Partner, Irwin Grayson Associates;
former Chief Executive, DTI Small Business Service 2000-2002.

New and growing businesses are vital to economic growth and innovation. Many people round the world are engaged in promoting enterprise and assisting entrepreneurs to start and grow - and we could all learn much more effectively from each other's success, if only we shared it. At a time when economies are struggling, it is vital to support new and growing businesses - because it is new businesses that create the most jobs and it is only by creating more businesses that governments will be able to increase their tax revenues if they are not to hurt existing tax payers too much.

The first International Enterprise Promotion Convention lived up to its objective to provide a forum where practitioners could share lessons from their own work and seek new ideas from their peers. I do hope that you will join us at the second convention - so that we can share more suggestions and take away more new ideas - and then go back refreshed and reinvigorated to assist many more people to start in business successfully.

I greatly look forward to welcoming you personally to Harrogate.

Brian Dunsby


Brian L Dunsby, Principal, (QAEP 2008)
Perlex Associates;

former Chief Executive, Institute of Business Advisers 1992-2000

Do you promote enterprise or support entrepreneurs as they struggle to survive and thrive? If so, please come and tell others about your own programmes and achievements in this crucial role. This Convention will showcase best practice and innovation in the creation and support of small businesses world-wide. it will be valuable CPD for all professional practitioners in this field.

This is a unique opportunity for all business advisers, coaches, consultants, counsellors, educators, facilitators, financiers, mentors, networkers, teachers and trainers to promote their own successes and to network with like-minded specialists in enterprise creation and development from all around the world. This Convention also provides an opportunity for many overseas delegates to exchange experiences and learn about best practices in enterprise promotion in other countries. Reduced registration fees are offered for delegates from developing economies.

I invite all who promote enterprise to come and experience Harrogate.

Note:  If you require a personal invitation letter for obtaining a visa or for funding purposes, please send an e-mail with your requirements to

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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