Join the ABS roundtable events at the Party Conferences

The Association of Business Schools, in partnership with the Small Business Charter and Federation of Small Businesses, is holding a series of roundtable discussions and debates at each party conference this autumn. The events will explore how business schools support small businesses and local economic growth; what more they can do to work more closely with businesses; and what employers want from a local business school.

At the Conferences the ABS will be launching its ‘Manifesto for Growth’. The ABS will seek to gain support for three manifesto pledges it wants an incoming government to adopt in order to release the potential for business schools to have an even greater impact on their local economies:

  • Recognise business and management education and research in STEMM
  • Include business schools in local growth policies and business support initiatives
  • Remove international students from net migration targets

In a roundtable format, each event will hear introductions and provocations from a senior policy-maker and a representative from the ABS. Trailblazing business schools and representatives from small business will then be invited to respond before opening the discussion up to the table and other guests.


Roundtable events schedule

Labour Party Conference
23rd September, 12:30-14:30, Midland Hotel, Manchester (security pass required)

Speakers include:

  • Dr Julie Davies, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Business Schools
  • Prof. Lynn Martin, Director, Centre of Enterprise, MMU Business School
  • Graeme Fisher, Head of Policy, FSB
  • Clive Memmott, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Aaron Porter, Director of External Relations, NCUB
  • Sam Jones, Head of Communications, University Alliance
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Founder & Director, Bright Blue

Conservative Party Conference
Tuesday 30th September, 12:30-14:00, The ICC, Birmingham (security pass required)

Speakers include:

  • Lord Young, Prime Minister’s enterprise adviser
  • Prof. Angus Laing, Chair, Association of Business Schools
  • Prof. Simon Collinson, Dean, Birmingham Business School
  • Prof. Mark Hart, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School
  • John Longworth, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Michael Hayman MBE, Co-Founder, Seven Hills and Co-Founder, StartUp Britain

Liberal Democrats Party Conference
Tuesday 7th October, 9:30-10:30, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow (security pass not required)

Speakers include:

  • Gordon Birtwistle MP, Spokesperson on Business, Innovation & Skills, Liberal Democrats
  • Jerry Forrester, Dean, University of Hertfordshire Business School and Chair, Teaching & Learning Committee, Association of Business Schools
  • Prof. Eleanor Shaw, Head, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School
  • Graeme Fisher, Head of Policy, FSB


How to attend

Attendance is free and registration to the roundtables themselves is not required. However, security passes are required for access to the Labour and Conservative Party venues. These can be applied for directly from each political party.

For any other enquiries please contact Barney Roe, Director of External Relations & Strategic Marketing, by email or call 0207 634 9589.