2017 National Conference

2017 National Conference

Brighton Waterfront Jurys Inn

8-9 November 2017

The 2017 BASE annual conference will take place at Brighton Waterfront Jurys Inn on 8-9 November. We will be adding to these pages as we finalise details of the event. The themes for this year are:

  • Maximising the role of employers
  • Apprenticeships and Internships
  • Specialist local support
  • Ensuring quality



Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People

Other speakers to be announced. 


Early bookings

We have an early bird rate which will apply for the first 70 places or until 1 September 2017. You'll find a booking form attached below or you can submit an online booking form.

  • Early bird rates: £300+vat (members) £375+vat (non-members) We will not have early bird rates for one-day attendance.
  • Normal delegate fee (member rate): £320+vat; A one day rate may be available for members at £200+vat per day. 
  • Normal delegate fee (non member rate): £400+vat

Free places for parent carers

BASE is offering up to 30 free delegate places to parent carer networks/groups. If you would like to apply for a free place then please complete our application form and return it to us. These places are only available to representatives of local parent carer groups.


We have a range of sponsorship opportunities including Associate Sponsors, sponsorship of the conference brochure and delegate bags, and sponsorship of our Practitioner Awards. Please view the attached sponsorship brochure for more details and contact us if you have any queries. 


As usual, we'll have a full programme of workshops available for delegates to attend. These should describe best practice or offer opportunities for discussion about relevant topics. We welcome proposals submitted to us before 31 August.

This year, we're looking for workshops that focus on the foillowing issues:

  • Working collaboratively with employers
  • The use of Supported Employment with different customer groups
  • Quality assurance
  • Transitions from education to employment, including apprenticeships and internships
  • Commissioning for outcomes
  • Demonstrating cost/benefit of Supported Employment.

If you're interested in presenting a workshop then please complete the submission form.

Workshop presenters will be able to choose between attending the full conference at a discounted rate or having their travel expenses reimbursed.


We will be presenting our annual Best Practice Awards at the conference dinner on 8 November.

You can find more information about how to nominate a service, individual or employer for an award on our awards page.

The conference dinner is included in the cost of a delegate place. Dress is smart casual.


Please see our accommodation page for details of how to reserve rooms.