The South West Charity Conference – Bringing business & charity together

By Anita Jaynes on 27 November, 2019

Returning for its second year in February 2020, The Business Exchange South West Charity Conference is set to connect business with the third sector, thanks to support from event sponsors Milsted Langdon LLP, Stone King LLP, and Fidelius Group.

Taking place at Bath Racecourse on Thursday 6th February, the conference and expo will be an opportunity for local businesses, charities and not-for-profits, to connect, share learnings, and go for growth.

Networking breakfast -Diversity in the Third Sector

The day will begin with a networking breakfast at 7:30am. Our guest speaker is Bradford-on-Avon-based charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care who will be discussing diversity in the third sector. The charity will talk about Ubiety, its collection of luxury therapy products. The range was designed in partnership with Arcania Apothecary to create a new funding stream for the hospice. This exciting collaboration has led to Ubiety products being stocked in beautiful boutiques and venues across the UK.

Tickets are priced at £10+VAT and include breakfast rolls and refreshments.


The Expo

The expo will officially open at 9am after the networking breakfast. This part of the conference allows charities to showcase their work and latest appeals and companies to demonstrate their third sector specialisms.

Organisations signed up to exhibit on the day include, Metro Bank, Bath University, OJO Solutions, Naturally Social, Bike the UK, People against Poverty, Cornwall Glass, the Forever Friends Appeal, Julian House, 3SG and our event sponsors Milsted Langdon, Stone King and Fidelius Group.

The expo is free to attend, but delegates must register their attendance.

Charity/Third Sector Exhibition stands are priced at £40+VAT or £50+VAT for a stand plus goodie bag insert.

Business stands are priced at £100+VAT and £120+VAT for a stand plus goodies bag insert.


Throughout the day we have a series of seminars planned. These will cover a number of topics voted for by attendees of the inaugural 2019 South West Charity Conference.  The seminars include:

Charities Vital Signs Report

Quartet Community Foundation will deliver the findings of its 2019 report which focuses on ten key areas of interest, mapping trends, highlighting strengths and identifying areas of improvement in the ways tat charities work.

3SG: What support is available for local charities?

James Carlin, founder of 3SG, the thriving, independent, membership network that supports the charity, social enterprise, faith and voluntary sector throughout Bath & North East Somerset, will inform delegates of the support available to them locally and how 3SG helps organisations connect and grow.

Social Media Workshop: Shine Online

Natalie Luckham, founder of Naturally Social will deliver an unmissable session on how to stand out on social media. The session will be packed with lots of takeaways to make a difference to your organisation.

Digital transformation: Building the charity you want, on purpose

OJO Solutions and The House will explore how to build a resilient and maturing digital charity by looking at why you exist and what purpose truly is? The session will look at how people, processes, culture and technological capabilities can shape and create the digital charity you want to be. Whether you’re a technology expert or new to the digital world, this session will use real-life examples to challenge your thinking and provide practical steps for effective digital transformation.

Finance FAQs

Gill Freeman, Head of Charity and Not for Profit at Milsted Langdon will host a Q&A and drop-in session to answer any burning accountancy questions or issues affecting your organisation.

Business Ethics – Building charity into your business model

Fidelius Group are set to host an empowering session in partnership with Lifting Africa Clothing, an online retailer that designs and manufactures streetwear and apparel. Through its registered foundation, The Lifting Africa Foundation, every single clothing sale contributes to the funding of projects that help Africa’s poorest people, saving and changing lives.

To register your interest in a seminar session email: We will announce the full list of seminar sessions and the time schedule shortly. All seminars are free to attend and you will be able to book your space via Eventbrite.

The Fidelius Giving Bank

Visit the Fidelius Giving Bank to pin what skills, time, or financial support you can donate, and you will be matched with not-for-profits who would value your support. Over 90 delegates attended the 2019 Charity Conference and the plan is to double that in 2020.

To find out more and to book click here.  To contact the organiser call: 01225 300043 or email: