Connecting Communities National Conference


We are excited to announce the date of our National Conference, tickets go on sale in 2 weeks! (enter your details below to get updates)

The UK Community Radio Network has announced the return of its National Connecting Communities Conference, which will take place on Saturday 19th November in Bedford.

It follows the sell-out Community Radio Conference in 2021, which saw over 150 people head to Coventry, as part of its City of Culture year.

Taking place at King's House Conference Centre in Bedford, the event is an opportunity for community radio managers, volunteers, and supporters to come together to network, share ideas and inspire the future work of the 350+ stations on air across the United Kingdom.

As in 2021, the event has partnered with the Community Radio Awards – which will take place on the same evening and at the same venue as the conference.

Jointly, the Conference and Awards will be launching a bursary scheme to support individuals who otherwise might not be able to attend. The bursary tickets will include a free ticket to both events, and a contribution towards travel costs.

UK Community Radio Network co-founder Nathan Spackman said, “We were overwhelmed by the success of our first National Conference in 2021 in Coventry and the positive feedback from those who attended.”

“We are delighted to be able to put this event together in partnership with the Community Radio Awards team and with the support of a number of industry businesses, be in a position to create a new bursary scheme to make sure everyone is given an equal opportunity to attend the event.” 

“This year's conference will focus on the future of our sector, with a range of speakers focusing on sustainable funding, advertising income, SSDAB and how community radio is becoming the pathway for developing the future of radio talent in the United Kingdom.”

Community Radio Awards Chair Martin Steers said, “It's great to continue the partnership with the UK Community Radio Network, hosting the awards after a national conference means that its a more worthwhile experience and more inclusive to more people who can make a day or weekend of the events”

Tickets and the bursary scheme will open in a few weeks time, with those interested in finding out more or exhibiting at the event invited to email [email protected] or visit to sign-up to the mailing list. 




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