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Westminster Employment Forum and Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

Welfare reform - ‘getting Britain working’


Senior representative

Department for Work and Pensions


Oliver Heald MP

Member, Work and Pensions Select Committee


James Browne

Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies


Harry Bates, Assistant Head of Benefits and Revenue Service (Benefits), Tendring District Council;

Dr Marc Bush, Acting Director, Policy and Campaigns, Scope;

Chris Goulden, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation;

Patrick Hughes, Director, London and the Home Counties, Jobcentre Plus;

Jan Hutchinson, Director of Programmes, Centre for Mental Health;

Clare McNeil, Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research;

Matthew Sinclair, Director, TaxPayers’ Alliance;

Baroness Stedman-Scott, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s People;

Paul Warner, Director, Employment and Skills, Association of Learning Providers

and Ben Willmott, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Chaired by:

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP

Shadow Minister for Employment


Stephen Lloyd MP

Member, Work and Pensions Select Committee

Full list of speakers below


This event is CPD certified


Afternoon, Monday, 12th September 2011

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


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What's your big idea

What's Your Big Idea ?

Portsmouth Technopole will be helping with a workshop open day later this month to help local residents pick up the entrepreneurial spirit.

The aim of ‘The Big Idea’ event in the Charles Dickens ward is to stimulate ideas from locals, from whatever background, to see if any can be turned into money-spinners to help generate local jobs. more details

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Meet Greet & Prosper

Various dates and locations throughout the SE region.

If you want to increase sales and develop relationships then discover how to make referrals work for you with simple, easy to implement ideas from business relationship's expert Roy Sheppard.

Meet Greet & Prosper will show you the way to networking success.

Most good businesses attract new customers by word-of-mouth, but all too often, new customers are just a happy accident. Very few companies have a process or even a plan to encourage these valuable referrals.  Find out how to;

  • Build your network strategically
  • Overcome any lack of confidence about meeting new people
  • Learn how to remember their names! -Create a fan club for your business by providing customers with everything they need to enthuse about you to their contacts
  • Make the most of EVERY referral opportunity

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Franchise show in Leeds

Franchise event returns to Leeds

February 27th 2010 sees Leeds United’s Elland Road Exhibition Hall host the Yorkshire Franchise Show for the second year in succession. The event showcases over 35 franchise & business opportunities, all with Yorkshire licenses for sale.

Franchising – or licensing as it’s sometimes referred to – is widely regarded as a less risky way to enter the world of self employment. The concept allows an individual to use the brand and know-how of an established, proven company – and enjoy a step-by-step formula on how to successfully run the business.

Statistics show that franchising contributes £10.8bn to the UK economy. The robust health of the industry as a whole is backed up by the very low levels of commercial failures.

This lack of failure is due in part that franchising tends to reflect consumer trends. 20 years ago, visitors to an exhibition would have had seen the barometer point to, for example, fast food chains – such as McDonalds or Domino’s Pizza. 10 years ago coffee shop chains were de rigueur.

The durability of franchised businesses is something that the high street banks have picked up on. In this immediate post recessionary phase, some high street banks have set up specialist franchise teams keen to invest in a “safer bet” – and offer preferential banking terms too.

Mark Monument, the show organiser explains:

“9 out of 10 franchisees report profitable business a couple of years into their licence but, like any venture into self employment, it requires careful consideration. Ultimate success depends not only on the actions and efforts of the individual licensee, but also the business decisions made by the mother company.

Visitors will find at this year’s show just about every industry sector imaginable – IT, White Collar, Handyman, Sport & Leisure, Retail plus some part time franchises which are tailor made for Mums looking to juggle self employment with family life”

The event is free to enter, the stadium has free car parking and visitors can enjoy several specialist seminars, running throughout and receive a business start up welcome bag on arrival.  Further information is available online at


There are over 35 exhibitors, a list of whom is available online at

Doors open between 9.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 27th February. At Leeds United FC’s Elland Road Conference Hall. Admittance – and car parking – is free.

Several specialist “drop in” seminars run throughout the event. Timings and themes are online.  


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South East Business Innovation and Growth and its partners run a series of regular and one-off events throughout the South East, including business breakfasts, interactive workshops and seminars. See events in your area.

Many of these are free to attend and some of them require a nominal charge.

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JobServe Live! events

If you want help finding a new job or want to talk face-to-face with top employers. This year we are pleased to have nextstep at the event:

nextstep offers adults advice and help with a range of learning and work issues including:

  • CV design and layout
  • Job search
  • Interview skills
  • Training
  • Confidence building

Plus, support and advice on coping with redundancy

  • Newport (18th March 2010)
  • Bristol (22nd April 2010)
  • Reading (29th April 2010)
  • Birmingham (6th May 2010)
  • Southampton (6th May 2010)
  • Glasgow (27th May 2010)
  • London (14th-15th March 2010)

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