BASE 2023 Conference

14/11/23 10:00 to 15/11/23 13:30

We're delighted to announce that the BASE 2023 Conference, will take place in Leicester 14th-15th November at Mercure's The Grand.

Building upon the amazing energy of our 2022 conference, we will continue to celebrate the amazing work that is happening across our BASE community, share best practice and learn together.

What to expect in 2023 

 + The Mercure Hotel Leicesters are committed to being an Inclusive and Disability Confident Employer and will be providing up to six weeks of work experience for local people, as we work towards the conference in November. 

+ There'll be more space for networking, with a dedicated exhibition and networking space,  there will be a charge for exhibitors but we have tried to keep the cost down for our members, meaning that members booking a delegate place can also have an exhibtion space for an extra £150 .

+ By popular request, the marketplace will be returning! This is a marvelous opportunity for social enterprises and self-employed, disabled, neurodivergent and other disadvantaged groups in the Midlands region, to promote their enterprise and sell products to delegates

We are on a continuous journey to ensure the conference provides the greatest experience for all delegates, so please do let us know if you have any ideas for this years conference. 

Delegate Prices 

Member £300 + VAT

Workshop Presenter £240 +vat 

Non-member £500 +vat 

Exhibitor Prices 

Non-members £650 + VAT includes 1 delegate place

Members £450+ VAT including 1 delegate place 


The principal 2023 conference sponsor is Inclusive Trading CIC, however we're still seeking further sponsors including for the BASE awards.

BASE Awards

We've refreshed the awards and added some new categories....

David Grainger Award :  sponsored by Outshine Telephone Training  

Large Employer of the Year- demonstrate leadership in the disability confident space. 

Small/Micro Employer of the Year- demonstrate a commitment to Disability Inclusion 

Job Coach of the Year- sponsored by EADS 

Supported Employment Leader of the Year. 

Small team of the Year - including start up and social enterprises.   

Supported Employment Team of the Year.   

Learner of the Year- who has used their learning to improve their practice, perhaps expand the category to include SET course & Internships Work 

Innovation of the Year- a person or team, who has used innovation to drive quality or outcomes for their service.  

Procurement Social Value Award- an organisation that can demonstrate how they have used social value to improve the employment outcomes for disabled people. 

If you're interested in sponsoring the conference or the awards please contact us to discuss the available sponsorship options.