Our partners/sponsors will help to ensure that #SMEX20 will be the best yet, do get in touch to discuss how you can be involved.

Supported by

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation


    Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

    Their mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

    The Paul Hamlyn Foundation have sponsored bursary places for some of their grant recipients. | @phf_uk


  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations who are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

    The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. In 2017 we made grants of £40.5 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also have a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations with the aim of creating social impact.

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation have sponsored bursary places for some of their grant recipients.

  • The Tudor Trust


    The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust. They fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK. They don’t have specific funding programmes designed to advance any particular agenda as they think that the groups they support are best placed to identify problems and develop solutions. Tudor supports work which tries to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of our society in a wide variety of ways.

    The Tudor Trust have sponsored bursary places for their grant recipients. @thetudortrust

  • The Community Foundation


    The Community Foundation matches generous people with important community causes. Every year, the Foundation award grants to hundreds of small charities in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, through funds set up by its donors.


    VONNE is the regional support body for the North East Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

    It represents more than 1,200 member charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, networks and social enterprises from across the region with further reach through our many networks.

    VONNE’s vision is that charities, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises make a distinct and sustained contribution to the economic and social development of the North East of England.

Become a supporter

We will attract 150 delegates from charities, including staff in PR, Communications, Fundraising, even CEO and commentators interested in the sector. This is a real chance to reach your target audience. To find out how becoming a supporter could benefit your organisation, please get in touch.

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