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The Business Exchange Charity Conference & Expo in partnership with 3SG

May 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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 thanks to the support of our sponsors, Milsted Langdon, Stone King and the Bath & North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

The conference which is now in its fourth year, follows the success of the 2021 digital conference and expo and 2020 in-person event at Bath Racecourse.


Networking Breakfast

The 2022 conference will begin on Thursday 19th May with a networking breakfast at 8:30am. 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. 

Organisations signed up to exhibit so far include: CloudHeroes, Metro Bank, Corsham Print, Milsted Langdon, Stone King, x Ledger, Mark Richard Insurance, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, West of England Sustainable Tech scale-up programme, Bath Mind, St John’s Foundation, 3SG, Rainforest Concern, People against Poverty, Youth Connect South West, British Heart Foundation , Trauma Breakthrough, Genesis Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Grow Batheaston, Julian House, Make a Move, Children’s Hospice South West, Forever Friends, Designability, Share & Repair, Clean Slate, Peggy Dodd Centre, Voices Charity, Dorothy House Hospice, Ammerdown Org, Julia’s House, Naturally Social, Health Watch Bath & North East Somerset and Nine Feet Tall.

Seminar Sessions – Hosted in seminar room

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

Charities Vital Signs Report with Quartet Community Foundation –  Time 10:15am- 10:45am

Quartet Community Foundation Quartet Community Foundation will deliver the findings of its latest Charities Vital Signs Report which focuses on Climate and Communities.

Social Media for Success – Engaging new audiences – Time 11:00-11:30am

Natalie Sherman is Founder of local award-winning social-first agency Naturally Social, and Co-Founder of Community Interest Company, Wiltshire Digital Drive.

Wiltshire Digital Drive was launched at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to enable education and bridge the digital divide, keeping people connected through the lockdowns.

Natalie will share how Naturally Social uses social media to engage the community for Wiltshire Digital Drive, driving donations and finding those in need of devices.

Through highly targeted social campaigns Wiltshire Digital Drive has received substantial media coverage on TV, in print and online and has also secured funding and won awards.

This unmissable session will be packed with lots of takeaways to make a difference to your organisation enabling you to stand out on social media and new engage audiences.

Finance FAQs with Milsted Langdon – Time 11:45am – 12:15pm

Gill Freeman, Partner and Head of Charity and Not for Profit at award-winning accountancy practice Milsted Langdon, will explore the latest hot topics when it comes to opportunities and challenges for charities and not for profit organisations. The session will include a Q&A opportunity to discuss any burning finance and accountancy-related questions or issues affecting your organisation and to share experiences and best practice in a safe environment with supportive and like-minded peers in the Third Sector.

ESG – The Opportunities with Transform and Action Net Zero – Time 12:30 -13:00

Environmental Social Governance (ESG) is a real-world challenge and opportunity for organisations. In this talk we will highlight how you can improve connections with your people and add value to the communities where you operate. Plus how to demonstrate accountability through being a better run organisation.

Veronica Hannon from Transform ESG and Pam Barbato from Action Net Zero will highlight the broad issues. Demonstrating the small and big steps businesses and charities can take that will deliver tremendous impact and create value with employees, customers and wider stakeholders. We’ll focus on improving both profit and people engagement, all while benefiting the planet.

This session will open your eyes to opportunities and will include plenty of time for discussion ideas. You’ll leave buzzing with inspiration of how you can transform your approach to ESG.

The Future of the Third Sector: How the South West can be pioneers for change – Time 13:15 – 13:45

Louise Harvey, Executive Director of The Foundation Fund at St John’s Foundation will discuss how the charity and not-for-profit sector in the South West can work collaboratively to be pioneers for change. Louise will talk about how change is needed in terms of access to funding and what we can learn from others nationally and internationally to help our communities thrive.

In the 18 years Louise has worked for St John’s, she has developed an exceptional knowledge of both the Foundation and the local community. Louise has been a driving force for cross-sector working and collaboration, striving to continuously extend the reach and impact of St John’s core services, whilst also supporting its employees and local organisations to realise their potential.

Louise uses her passion, energy and ‘no challenge too great’ attitude to break down barriers to bring the Third Sector, education and businesses together. She was recently invited to be part of a national Third Sector steering group organised by the Times newspaper to drive positive change.

Good Governance with Stone King – Time 14:00 – 14:30

What does good charity governance look like and what are the current trends? What are the challenges and opportunities for governance in the light of the Covid and its ongoing effects? Stone King Partner Rosamund McCarthy Etherington explores these topics and more in this seminar session.

Rosamund is a charity lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience of helping household named charities to navigate through a regulatory, governance and high profile media maze.  Her expert work as a charity lawyer is also informed by her trusteeship of numerous not-for-profit organisations.

Being Digital Curious: Reflections and learnings in conversion with Nathan and Janine –  Time 14:45 – 15:15

Nathan Baranowski, CEO and Digital Strategist at Digital Wonderlab and Janine Woodward-Grant, Deputy CEO at BANES Carers’ Centre will share their learnings in embarking on a digital transformation journey and the importance of people, process, culture and technology in shaping and enabling success, offering practical steps and pitfalls to avoid on your own digital journey.

Volunteering options in BaNES with 3SG – Time 15:30 -16:00

3SG will discuss the many volunteering opportunities available in BaNES and how individuals can get involved. They will also be sharing the findings from their report on the ‘Volunteering Landscape in BaNES’ which is currently underway and looking at how volunteering has changed over the last few years for both charities and individuals.

The Talks – Hosted in Expo Hall

Responsible Investing and ESG – Time 11:00 – 11:30

The team from Bath-based financial consultants, McKenzie & Co, a Senior Partner Practice of St. James’s Place will discuss Responsible Investing and the opportunity to align your organisation’s values with its financial objectives.

The Mindset for Change with Jim Hughes – Time 12:30 – 13:00

Being in a constant state of flux is never easy and the Third Sector has arguably had to adapt more than any other over the last few years. That’s why we’ve invited Jim Hughes from Untamed to help you get into the right mindset to conquer fears and get set for the next phase of growth.

Jim provides transformative experiences to high performers and entrepreneurs around the world. He thrives on adventure and his unique speaking and coaching technique leverages on his life experience which encompasses everything from running a multimillion-dollar engineering business in Australia and canoeing the Yukon River, to skiing the world’s longest giant slalom race wearing only a g-string, and pretending to be an electrical engineer for eight months. He approaches his work how he approaches life with energy, commitment and fun.

In this session Jim will inspire you to reach your full potential, allowing you to feel fulfilled and making a positive impact on the world.

All seminars and talks 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: press@tbesw.co.uk or call: 01225 300043.


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