NFEA Conference Obtains Support From Key Sector Players

Yorkshire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 11, 2009 -- The Sunday Times Enterprise Editor Rachel Bridge and Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, have come on board as supporters of the 2009 NFEA Annual Conference - a highly regarded event for key decision makers and influencers within the NFEA network of enterprise support organisations and in the wider enterprise sector.

With a dedicated theme - A Fine Balance: Social Ethos or Commercial Focus - the 2009 NFEA Conference will examine the tensions between maintaining a social outlook and also being commercially viable. Over 150 delegates are due to attend this year's residential event at the Royal York Hotel in York, from 15 - 17 September.

Alex McWhirter, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward comments: "We are delighted that the NFEA national conference is to be held in the region for the second year running. It is a fantastic opportunity to host this high level business support conference and, at first hand experience, learn about best practice in business support measures that have been developed by Enterprise Agencies across the country."

"Yorkshire and Humber business support has advanced over the last year, and given the difficulties due to the economic downturn, we are always mindful of what support we can provide to help the businesses in our region deal with these challenges. By hosting the NFEA conference in York we have an ideal opportunity to discuss and compare at first hand with colleagues what measures are working well and how we could adapt these to fit in our region."

Sunday Times Enterprise Editor Rachel Bridge is this year's conference facilitator. As a writer, journalist and public speaker specialising in entrepreneurship, start ups and growing businesses, Rachel understands the role and the challenges of the enterprise sector and is well placed to host this year's conference.

Commenting on her involvement at this event, Rachel Bridge said: "We know that the enterprise support sector is vital to the set up and sustainability of small businesses - but they need to secure their own futures too. I am delighted to act as this year's NFEA Conference facilitator and am looking forward to exploring the balance between social values and commercial viability with the delegation over the two days."

Speaking about the additional support received for the 2009 NFEA Conference, NFEA Chief Executive George Derbyshire said: "It is fantastic to have the support of both Yorkshire Forward and Rachel Bridge at this year's NFEA Conference. The participation of both strongly adds to our conference programme and I know that they'll offer our delegates unique and thought provoking perspectives on the conference theme."

Yorkshire Forward and Rachel Bridge support the 2009 NFEA Conference alongside headline sponsor Barclays Bank, which is involved the event again this year as part of its continued commitment to NFEA and individual agencies within the wider business support arena.

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Press passes are available for journalists that would like to attend the event to increase their understanding and awareness of the enterprise support sector. For further information on the 2009 NFEA Annual Conference or to request a press pass, please contact Hayley Williams, NFEA Head of Communications: / 01234 831623.

About NFEA

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

About Yorkshire Forward
Yorkshire Forward is the Regional Development Agency behind the economic regeneration of Yorkshire and Humber. It aims to make a positive difference by investing in jobs, improving towns and cities, and in supporting businesses throughout the region.

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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