Live blogging at the 2010 NFEA Conference

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The NFEA Annual Conference 2009 was the first of our annual conferences to utilise social media technology, to open the programme to those unable to join the event in person.

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Conferences are no longer just about the delegates in the room. Anyone with an interest in the subject based anywhere in the world can get involved through live blogging tools and social media services like Twitter.

The NFEA Annual Conference 2009 was the first of our annual conferences to utilise social media technology, to open the programme to those unable to join the event in person. Using Twitter feeds and live blogging, individuals were able to keep up to date with proceedings as they happened, and interact with delegates at the event by posting comments or questions.

The development was extremely successful, and made possible thanks to the involvement of Dan Martin, editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. We are very pleased to announce that Dan, who was named as one of the ten most influential political bloggers in the UK by the Independent, will once again be blogging live during the 2010 NFEA Annual Conference this week.

The live blog will be available throughout the conference at http://www.nfea.com/conference and Dan’s tweets can be followed at http://www.twitter.com/BusinessZone. Delegates at the event, NFEA members who can’t attend and anyone else with an interest in enterprise are encouraged to take part by tweeting questions and opinions using the hashtag #NFEA2010, or by posting comments on the live blog.

Commenting on his involvement at this years Conference, Dan said “Conferences are no longer just about the delegates in the room. Anyone with an interest in the subject based anywhere in the world can get involved through live blogging tools and social media services like Twitter. With that in mind, our live blog will allow a wide community to engage with the NFEA conference and share their views on how entrepreneurs should be supported. This is a key issue currently on the minds of everyone in the small business community.”

Over 150 delegates are due to attend this year’s NFEA Conference, including senior representatives from enterprise support organisations, representatives from the wider enterprise sector, as well as commercial organisations that wish to align themselves to enterprise support more widely. With a dedicated theme – Riding the Wave – Business Support in a New Era – this year’s Conference will evaluate the current state of enterprise support, what we can expect from this changing environment and plans for the sector, and the NFEA network, going forward.

The event is being held at the Belfry in Nottingham from 9am on Wednesday (15 September).

Editors Notes:
About NFEA
NFEA is the national enterprise network. Its members, drawn from local enterprise agencies and a wider range of enterprise support organisations, provide an array of services to new and emerging businesses including independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring. http://www.nfea.com

About BusinessZone.co.uk
BusinessZone.co.uk is a leading online community for owners and managers of small to medium sized businesses. The free website provides extensive resources including the latest small business news, expert interviews, blogs and videos and, through sister website UK Business Forums, a highly interactive forum for debate, networking and knowledge sharing with fellow entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://www.businesszone.co.uk.

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