AdviceUK Annual Conference 2017

‘Back to the Future?’

etc venues Maple House, Birmingham, 12 October 2017

Following last year’s successful event, we are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for this year’s AdviceUK Conference.

What does the end of public funding mean for community advice?

The advice sector emerged out of community activism and anti-poverty initiatives. That focus shifted during the era of professonalisation that dominated the last two decades. But that era and the funding that came with it now appears to have passed. With the poorest in society getting poorer are we now returning to community action and an anti-poverty context for advice? We might be going ‘Back to the Future’, but the new environment demands continued innovation from advice providers.

The programme

We have put together a conference programme with content designed to be inspiring, informative and relevant to advice centre managers, supervisors and advisers.
Once again we are pleased to say that our conference chaired by Liz Barclay, journalist and broadcaster, and Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group.

Highlights of the day include:

  • An opening plenary session that will combine interactive with input from a panel of advice sector experts
  • Four morning and four afternoon workshops, with topics including Get ready for the General Data Protection Regulation, Empathy and Burnout in the NFP Sector and Using AdvicePro to gather evidence for policy work
  • A closing plenary session featuring a keynote speech (speaker to be confirmed)
  • An exhibition area with exhibits from a wide range of voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations

For further details please see the draft conference programme at the foot of this page.


Keep up to date on news about this year’s conference by following @AdviceUK on Twitter #aukconf17.

The venue

This year, by popular demand, we are delighted to return to Maple House, the award-winning conference, training and meeting venue located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre on Corporation Street overlooking Old Square.

To book a place

Please complete the booking form and either send it by email to or by post to AdviceUK, 101E Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, London E1 7SA.

If you have any questions about booking your place at our conference, please email or call 0300 777 0107 and ask to speak to someone from our Membership Team.

To exhibit

A stand in our exhibition costs £499 +VAT (price includes one delegate place). If you would like to exhibit at this year’s event, please complete the exhibitor booking form and return it to If you have any questions about exhibiting, please email David at the above address or call him on 0300 777 0107

To sponsor

Our annual conference could not take place without the support of our sponsors. If you would like to discuss sponsoring the event, please either email David Hawkes at or call him on 0300 777 0107, and he will be happy to send you details of the opportunities available for sponsoring the event.

Conference programme

 Conference flyer

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 Conference fees