At Think Partnership, we believe that running your business ethically not only means having the power to impact society in positive and meaningful ways, it can also dramatically enhance your bottom line.  Growing your profit and giving something back don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Sustainable, responsible business is good for business owners, employees, the environment and our community alike.

Think Partnership Conference 2013 proves outstanding success!

Building on last year’s inaugural event, more than 80 delegates joined us for a hugely successful conference at Woodbury Park on 17th October.  It’s fair to say that the event exceeded our expectations and delivered its key messages in the most energising and engaging way.

We were honoured to be joined by some amazing inspirational speakers and workshop leaders who shared their insights on how business can shape society and work in partnership, providing real-life case studies from a regional, national and also an international context. 

The day opened with a strong message from Karime Hassan, CEO and Growth Director for Exeter City Council, who described passionately how harnessing the power of corporate social responsibility could be a key factor in making Exeter a stronger city at a time of public sector austerity.

Dr Marcia Balisciano, Director of Corporate Responsibility for FTSE 100 company Reed Elsevier, gave us a brilliant and engaging overview of some of the inspirational projects her colleagues have been involved in around the world, emphasising the importance of mutual benefit.

Hannah Underwood CEO of KeyFund a Newcastle based charity which helps young people develop skills by completing projects with mentoring from businesses, stressed the importance of collaboration between the two parties.

Chris Ashworth Head of Corporate Partnerships and Erinch Sahan Policy Advisor both from Oxfam GB put CSR into an International context emphasising the links between poverty and business with a special focus on agriculture.

At a more local level, a perspective from our own region was provided by Lisa Stroud, Head of Education from Paignton Zoo, who shared her experiences of the positive influences of collaborative working, giving sound advice on how to ensure clarity of purpose and objectives between partners.

Anita Newcombe, Chair of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, closed the conference with some thought-provoking ideas on how she has managed to bridge the gap between charity and business and developed long lasting collaborations.

Here’s what some of our delegates thought:

Bruce Henderson – Business Development Manager Exeter City Football Club

“The THINK PARTNERSHIP event was not just full of insight and practical ideas for using innovative CRM programmes for the mutual benefit of sponsors and society; it was also inspiring and uplifting.

It was a perfectly judged event, extremely well managed, a fabulous array of speakers and a quality audience who clearly were impressed and buying in to the thinking being put before them.

This is an event that needs to be a ‘must attend’ in any executive’s diary and one, that if it continues to grow and develop in the way it is clearly doing, will be yet another landmark that the City of Exeter can be very proud of staging.

I think that the management and staff of ATASS Respect must be given huge credit for succeeding with such an ambitious and hugely worthwhile project.”

Sarah Cressall – MD of The Creation Station

The Think Partnership conference was an inspiring and well organised event that provided practical and strategic ways to add value to our society.

 The speakers were inspirational and it was wonderful to meet and connect with other likeminded businesses who want to contribute and make a difference to society, an excellent event”

The momentum behind Think Partnership is growing, with preparations already underway for next year’s conference where the focus will be on collaboration and how we can take CSR to the next level in our community.

If you’d like to find out more, or register now for next year's conference please email:

Useful Links

Express and Echo

More information about the conference can be found here in the Express and Echo report

Linked In

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Coming Soon……

The reports created from the workshops hosted on the day will be uploaded to the website soon.