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Responding to Austerity – Making the Transition (Seminar)

7 September 2011 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

connect assist

Many charities are facing cuts to their funding and reductions in income, at a time where there will be unprecedented demand on services as result of austerity measures. How can charities rapidly respond and make the transition to high impact services at reduced costs?

We are pleased to announce this seminar which we are running with Patrick Nash of Connect Assist. Patrick has great experience of running civil society organisations from having been Chief Executive of a number of charities, including Teacher Support Network. Connect Assist specialises in providing solutions to charities and commercial organisations both in respect of back office services; technology solutions as well as direct services such as help lines. Patrick has been a client of Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP for many years and we believe that this seminar will give you practical help in how to re-engineer and re-configure your organisations in challenging times.

This seminar will look at the key issues charities face in making a challenging yet vital transition. Key issues we will look at will include:

Cutting the cost of services – coming up with new business models
The employment challenge – how to restructure staffing to retain organisational knowledge
Key financial issues, including VAT and tax issues
Financing the cost of transition – funding solutions and innovative approaches.
We will announce details of a transition funding opportunity at this event.

This seminar, jointly hosted by Bates Wells and Braithwaite and Connect Assist, will include expert sessions from:

Stephen Lloyd, Senior Partner at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite
Patrick Nash, Chief Executive at Connect Assist
William Garnett, Head of Employment Team at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite
Ron Green, finance expert, formerly of Charities Aid Foundation and Social Investment Business
Proposed agenda

4.30pm Arrivals
5.00pm Context of change in the third sector Stephen Lloyd
5.15pm New business models –raising income and cutting costs Patrick Nash
5.40pm Restructing while retaining talent William Garnett
6.00pm Financing the cost of transition Ron Green
6.15pm Questions and discussion
6.45pm Finish and drinks

Time: 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Date: Septemeber 7th 2011
Venue: Bates Wells & Braithwaite, 2-6 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6YH

To book, please use the link above to the Bates Wells and Braithwaite website. For enquiries, please email quoting “Responding to austerity”


Bates Wells & Braithwaite, 2-6 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6YH
01443 827647


Connect Assist and Bates Wells & Braithwaite
01443 827647
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