Charity Conference & Expo to connect businesses, charities and not-for-profits for success

By Nick Batten on 25 February, 2022

The Business Exchange Charity Conference & Expo is back for 2022 in partnership with 3SG (Bath & North East Somerset’s Third Sector Group).

Returning to Bath Racecourse on Thursday 19th May the day will be an opportunity for local businesses, charities, and not-for-profits, to connect, share learnings and go for growth with far reaching benefits to our surrounding communities.

The event follows the success of the 2020 expo which took place in early February 2020, just before the pandemic hit. There were over 600 sign-ups to various parts of the day which included a networking breakfast, expo and eight educational seminars. The day created a real buzz with lots of new connections made and a real hunger for growth and collaboration, little did we know at the time what was going to happen next and the challenges ahead. 

Through the lockdowns, The Business Exchange worked with the event’s sponsors accountants and business advisors Milsted Langdon and Stone King law to keep the community connected, hosting a week-long digital conference in 2021 and Reward an awards scheme hosted at the end of 2020 to champion the hard work and resilience of the Third Sector – one of those most effected by the pandemic.

In early January 2022, James Carlin BEM, Founder of B&NES 3SG, the Charity Incorporated Organisation which has a membership network of over 150 charities, social enterprises and community groups in Bath and North East Somerset approached Anita Jaynes, Founder of The Business Exchange to see if a charity conference and expo was in the running for this year. After several cups of coffee a plan was hatched to work in partnership to take the event to the next level and really help the not-for-profit community in its recovery as we emerge from the pandemic.

Anita Jaynes, The Business Exchange, said, “Working in partnership with 3SG is a real opportunity to connect more charities, not-for-profits and local businesses than ever before. The community is desperate to get back out there, meet new people, forge new relationships and take organisations to the next level. The Business Exchange Charity Conference & Expo in partnership with 3SG is designed to do just that. The day will be jammed pack with opportunities to learn and be inspired by others success stories.”

James Carlin BEM, Founder, B&NES 3SG, added, “We are really excited to be working with The Business Exchange to put on our first large scale event for more than two years. We have lined up a great mix of speakers to inform and inspire plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the event.”


Networking Breakfast

The 2022 conference will begin on Thursday 19th May with a networking breakfast at 8:30am for 100 delegates. Attendees will hear from guest speaker Hamish Evans, Co-Founder of Community Interest Company, Middle Ground Growers who will share his experience of running a successful crowdfunding campaign raising over £96,000 with 545 supporters in just 69 days, enabling them to build an ecological farm for Bath.

The Expo

At 10am the expo will open to visitors with over 35 exhibitors set to take stands from the not-for-profit sector and those who provide services to support it.

The expo is free to attend, but delegates must register their attendance. 

Charity/ Third Sector exhibition stands are priced at £60 and business stands are £120. 

Seminar Sessions

There are a number of seminar sessions planned for the day including:

Further details and more seminar sessions will be added to the day’s agenda in the coming weeks. All seminars are free to attend thanks to the support of our sponsors, but registration is essential. 

Tickets are bookable via Eventbrite. For specific questions around the conference and expo please email: or call: 01225 300043.