Newcastle lands international entrepreneurial conference

Northumbria and Newcastle universities have collaborated to win the bid to host the 42nd annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference in 2019.

The Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter
The Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter
Taking place over two days at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter, the conference will attract over 400 attendees - made up of an international audience of experts in small business and entrepreneurship from more than 40 countries. The estimated economic impact figure for the event is more than £400,000.

The bid was led by academics Michele Rusk (Northumbria University) and Robert Newbery (Newcastle University), who jointly stated: "We are delighted that, against stiff competition, the great city of Newcastle has won the bid to host this prestigious international ISBE Annual Conference.

"Our entrepreneurial partnership represents a radical new approach based on collective collaboration and co-creation. This is the first step in developing an entrepreneurial laboratory for change in the North East. As conference chairs, we are committed to delivering a ground-breaking conference and a memorable Geordie experience."

The international conference, previously held in Paris in 2016 and Glasgow in 2015, has become known as the place to go for the highest-quality, cutting-edge entrepreneurial and small business research. The event aims to enable excellence in small businesses across research, policy, practice and learning communities.

Professor Pauric McGowan, President of the Institute, commented: "The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is the longest established network of researchers and educators in entrepreneurship and small business in the UK, drawing members from across the practitioner community and those involved in the development of small business policy. So we’re delighted that our annual conference will be held in Newcastle in 2019, a region of the UK with a strong industrial heritage and a thriving entrepreneurial community."

The bid was supported by NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau. Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism, said: "We’re thrilled that NewcastleGateshead has been chosen as the host destination for ISBE’s Annual Conference in 2019 thanks to Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. Winning the bid represents a significant achievement for two of the North East’s largest institutions, who have adopted a collaborative approach and formed a successful partnership which will have a lasting impact on the region’s small businesses and entrepreneurs."


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