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MMU hosts major small business conference

MORE than 400 academics, policy-makers business owners and support providers from 40 countries will be gathering in Manchester this autumn to debate entrepreneurialism.

For the first time the city has been selected as host for the  Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)  Conference, which takes place on November 5-6.

The theme for the conference and exhibition is ‘The Future of Entrepreneurship – The Innovation Revolution’ is the title of the international conference and exhibition.

Manchester Metropolitan University, which has strong roots in supporting entrepreneurialism and is Goldman Sachs North West delivery partner for its 10,000 Small Businesses growth programme, is playing a lead role in the ISBE event.

Stellar line-up

Paula Turner, deputy director of the MMU Centre for Enterprise and chair of the conference organising committee, said: “We’re very proud to host the 37th ISBE Conference in Manchester.

“We’re currently finalising a stellar line up of keynote international speakers, including a number of North West-based entrepreneurs who are succeeding globally.  

“Bringing this prestigious event to the city is a real collaborative effort between both Manchester universities and the University of Salford, together with sponsors Barclays and Visit Manchester, and many other organisations, such as the Institute of Directors, New Economy, Manchester City Council and Business Growth Hub.”

The event will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre, with a drinks reception at Manchester Town Hall and gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum North.

Showcase for city

Professor Lynn Martin, ISBE president and director of the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, added: “More than 25% of the conference delegates will be from overseas, so this is a real opportunity for Manchester and the wider North West  to showcase its credentials as a centre for business excellence and entrepreneurship.

“Timed ahead of the general election, it will provide fresh insights to inform the future business landscape and create genuine change.”

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