NFEA Announces Its 2009 Annual Conference Programme

Bedford, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 16, 2009 -- NFEA – the national enterprise network – today shares its plans for the 2009 NFEA Annual Conference, in a programme entitled ‘A Fine Balance: Social Ethos or Commercial Focus?’

Enterprise support organisations are excellent examples of social enterprises at their best - run by skilled businesspeople that have created commercial sustainability, whilst at the same time delivering valuable outcomes for society. But operating as we are in the most difficult environment many of us can remember, the challenges of balancing a social ethos with commercial reality is tougher than ever. Achieving this balance is the central theme of this year’s NFEA Annual Conference.

Now in its 16th year, the NFEA Conference is a highly regarded event for key decision makers and influencers within the NFEA network and the enterprise sector. Over 150 delegates are due to attend this year’s residential event at the Royal York Hotel in York, from 15 – 17 September.

Barclays Bank is the headline sponsor for this event, once again demonstrating its commitment to the NFEA network of enterprise support organisations, as well as the enterprise sector more widely.

Speaking about involvement in the 2009 NFEA Conference, Nic Bayley, Head of Product at Barclays Local Business said: "This is a pivotal year for small business support organisations in more ways than one. In the face of what might seem an overwhelming barrage of negative information about the economy, the temptation is to disregard the value of these enterprise support organisations. However, it's clear to me that with their support, passion and careful balancing of social responsibility with commercial good sense, pre start and small business owners are far better able to weather this recession than we could have otherwise expected. This is the right conference at the right time, recognising and enhancing the role of a vital business support group."

Barclays Bank has supported the NFEA Annual Conference since its inception 16 years ago – and the bank was recognised by NFEA for this outstanding commitment to enterprise and business support with a unique Corporate Partnership Award at last year’s conference. As part of its headline conference sponsorship this year, a Barclays spokesperson will make a keynote speech to the delegation and the organisation will also be exhibiting at the event.

Adding comment on this year’s conference, NFEA Chief Executive George Derbyshire said: “Each year we carefully study the conference feedback and do our best to build the next programme around needs of the enterprise support sector. We can’t foresee the future, but we can prepare for it, so we’ll provide challenging headline speakers and opportunities to learn and debate, to exchange views, to meet old and make new friends - all in a tried and trusted environment.”

More announcements on the 2009 NFEA Conference programme and its high profile speakers will be made over the following weeks – and updates will be available from Those within the enterprise sector interested in attending the conference can book their place from or by calling Bethan Roberts at NFEA on 01234 831623. Limited commercial opportunities are still available for organisations that would like to align themselves to, or emphasise their support of, the enterprise sector.

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For further information on the 2009 NFEA Conference, or to speak to NFEA Chief Executive George Derbyshire about the topics that will be covered during the event, please contact Hayley Williams, NFEA Head of Communications. / 01234 831623.

About NFEA

NFEA is the national enterprise network. Our members, drawn from local enterprise agencies and a wider range of enterprise support organisations, provide a range of services to new and emerging businesses including independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring.

About Barclays Local Business
Barclays Local Business provides great value to its customers by offering services and a comprehensive range of tailored business banking products to more than 600,000 businesses typically with a turn over less than £1 million.

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