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Why be a Sponsor?

SMi Conferences and events offer commercial organisations and partners a wide range of opportunities to promote their products and services at over 300 of our events during the calendar year! All of our SMi sponsorship opportunities are tailored to your requirements and we provide a number of flexible packages that will meet your company’s marketing objectives.

Sponsorship can be used in a number of ways to increase your brand and product awareness in both a highly targeted and clutter free environment. Partnering with SMi allows you to showcase your brand and product in a professional and independent setting, when our delegates are in a receptive and engaging mindset. Our experts will work with you and your team, to create real added value to any campaign and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements in detail.

Furthermore, SMi has a hard earned reputation for forming strong, long standing and valuable partnerships with our sponsors and we will work hard to deliver your campaign, on time and on budget!



Benefits of Sponsorship with SMi?

  • Access a niche, hard to reach, targeted audience within your industry sectors
  • Talk to key industry specialists within business, academic and government bodies
  • Demonstrate corporate brand values to a wider audience
  • Change or enhance Brand perceptions
  • Drive Brand ‘Consideration’
  • Gain credible Brand Endorsement
  • Showcase new Product launches
  • Provide a cost effective and focused platform on which to engage your consumers


Additional benefits?

Networking; Bringing together buyers and sellers in a independent and intimate environment

Exposure to international experts; via our conferences, website, email database, Social Media and Newsletters as well as our SMi Marketing Materials.

Meeting your customers; they could be current, former or even potential customers. Discover what the factors influencing them are and what they think about you and your competitors.



WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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