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Coventry University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship announce partnership for major business conference


Coventry University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship (IAE) have announced their partnership of the inaugural UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase to be held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on Tuesday 11th February.

The one-day event, which is being organised by Camden 360 Communications and Longden Ltd, is aimed at sharing the best practice and business benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for both small to medium sized businesses and corporates.

Louise Marjoram, Senior Project Manager, from the IAE said, “We are delighted to align with the CSR & Sustainability Showcase. The line-up of corporate speakers will address a wide range of CSR topics as will the exhibitors taking part in the complementary exhibition running in parallel. It’s a great opportunity to learn what CSR is all about or top up existing knowledge.”

“As early indications show improvements in the economy, interest in CSR is increasing as a business philosophy for doing good and also as a competitive differentiator when it comes to reputation building, attracting and retaining new employees and establishing sustainable business practices. These all positively impact the bottom line.” She continued, “Many corporates have a well-established and evolving approach to CSR which they will share at the showcase so we see this event as a great platform for small and medium sized businesses to not only learn from this but to share what they are doing too”.

The IAE will share its latest business support package – The Open Innovation Programme (Innovation University Enterprise Network), offering West Midlands SMEs FREE bespoke business consultancy. The IAE aims to forge new partnerships with large organisations as well as promote the programme to targeted SMEs. Interested companies will be invited to join the IAE network, enabling them to keep in touch with future support for small businesses. The exhibit will also showcase the new Open Innovation website – – which acts as a hub for open innovation programme delivery, knowledge exchange and examples of work we are doing. 

The Open Innovation Programme is a European Regional Development Fund-supported initiative devised to match up the innovative ideas of SMEs with the corporate might of larger organisations to bring benefits to both parties – and to the economy.

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Speakers at the CSR Showcase include national business leaders from HS2, Greggs plc, Tata Technologies, The Co-operative Group, Carillion, Pub Stuff Ltd and The New Optimists.

Exhibitors will be present from the energy sector, charity, the environment, social housing and business growth and development and include Jutton Associates, Baby Lifeline, The Shakespeare Hospice, City Year UK, Possage Design and Print, The Green Organisation, The Forestry Commission, Camden 360 Communications, Digital Energy, Longden Ltd, Heart of England Forest, Educational Musicals, Natural Solutions, Art in a Sustainable World, Pub Stuff Lt, Growth Acclerator, Coventry University Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, The Buzz and Orbit Heart of England.