Community Business Conference 2023

Facing the Future: Together

We want you to join other community businesses, industry experts, specialist business advisers and sector partners for a lively day of inspiring talks and workshops.

Sponsored by Bestway Wholesale

Facing the Future: Together boasts a packed programme of high profile speakers, interactive workshops and one-to-one advice surgeries covering the topics that we need to explore. You’ll get up-to-date on best practices and new approaches to help your community business increase volunteer engagement, improve your finances and maximise your social impact.

Keynote speeches and panel sessions will discuss the future of the sector and our priorities for the next five years. The two workshop streams will get down to the nitty-gritty of good governance, succession planning, cost of living, share withdrawals, finance and fundraising. You’ll be able to talk through your ideas and business issues with Plunkett advisers in one-to-one advice surgeries and meet with a dozen Plunkett-recommended suppliers in our busy marketplace.

We’re thrilled that farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson will deliver our closing keynote and we’ve secured high-profile guest speakers from across the sector, including CEOs and senior managers from: Cooperatives UK, Power to Change, National Lottery Community Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, NCVO, Groundwork UK, Association of Convenience Stores, British Beer and Pub Association, Prince’s Countryside Fund and more. Most importantly, you’ll meet, share experiences with, and learn from other community businesses from across the country.

With so much on offer you could bring your fellow committee members, business manager, tenant or keen volunteers and make it a team away day. We have exclusive member discounts to keep the day affordable.

All Plunkett Members get 20% off the standard price!

Community Business Members save even more on group bookings; pay less than half price for every additional ticket you book!

Not a member yet? Simply add Individual Supporter Membership to your order and save today (or apply for Community Business Membership on the Plunkett website).

We are committed to making the conference inclusive for everyone. Please tell us your dietary and access requirements when you register. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there are free tickets for carers. We are also offering a limited number of discounted tickets for young Community Business Members aged 25 and under.

Contact us on if you need more information to make your booking, or if there are any barriers to you attending such as ticket or travel costs.

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham on Thursday 6 July!

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Ticket sales end at noon on 27 June

Time: 10:00 – 16:15

Location: IET Birmingham: Austin Court (Birmingham City Centre)

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2023