AdviceUK Annual Conference 2014

‘Imagining the Future’

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“Excellent day, good opportunity to network” and “Really, really enjoyed [the] open space sessions.  Great event!”  are just two of the comments made by delegates after attending AdviceUK’s largest-ever conference, which was held at Maple House in Birmingham on 9 October.

AdviceUK would like to thank the conference sponsors and exhibitors, but above all the delegates, for making the day such a success.

The full notes of the Open Space sessions will soon be published on this page, together with photographs of the event.

The advice world is changing more than at any time in the last thirty years. Past assumptions about funding, demand, ways of working and forms of organisation are becoming untenable in a harsher, more volatile, operating environment. Advice agencies are already having to adapt, rapidly, to survive. But there is yet more pressure to come with public spending cuts due to bite even deeper in 2015-17. Meanwhile, galloping technology continues to transform or bypass established areas of service delivery and continually raise public expectations. Are we facing more evolution or revolution? Being ready to deliver relevant and effective help in such uncertain times will require advice agencies to imagine both the best and worst of all possible futures.

Our conference this year focuses on this challenge with a stimulating, interactive day designed to trigger delegates’ creative imaginations. Join us as we imagine the future …

The day will include:

  • Dynamic ‘open-space’ sessions in which delegates will have the opportunity to feed in their views about the future of advice (Find out more about the Open Space format.) The topic for the Open Space session will be “How do we shape the future of independent advice?”
  • A challenging debate on the evolution of advice services
  • A presentation on the regulation of advice by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Networking opportunities with fellow AdviceUK members
  • An exhibition area with exhibits from a wide range of voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations

The open space sessions will be chaired by Gina Lawrie.

The venue

Ideally situated on Corporation Street, Maple House is easily accessible from New Street and Snow Hill stations and has convenient parking nearby. A full map and details on how to get to the venue will be sent with your welcome pack. If you would like to find out more about this exciting venue right now please visit the etc.venues website.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

AdviceUK’s Conference could not take place without the support of its sponsors and exhibitors.

If you are interested in either exhibiting at or sponsoring the conference, please contact David Hawkes at or call 0300 777 0107.

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