English UK is 10: join us at our annual conference to celebrate our achievements and look into the future

It's a decade since English UK brought together the state and private sectors to provide a unified voice for our industry, and we've brought about some enormous changes.

At our 2014 annual conference we'll celebrate our anniversary, say farewell to our founding chief executive Tony Millns, and formally welcome Eddie Byers who will outline the direction for our next decade.

The two-day programme also includes a mixture of business-critical presentations on industry and wider trends, specific issues such as agent commissions and safeguarding young learners. As always, it's the prime opportunity for members to meet and help set our future direction: we'd like as many as possible of you to join us on 14 and 15 May at the Hotel Russell in central London.

We'll celebrate our 10th anniversary with a special drinks party for all our delegates at the end of the first day, and also with a formal dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club - for which places are strictly limited, and open to members and invited guests only.

Networking opportunities include our annual Parliamentary Reception, to be held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 13 May, and also a drinks party at the end of the conference.

Confirmed presentations so far include Emily Ashwell of UKTI Education talking about exporting UK education, with other industry policymakers likely to attend. Insight into future global consumer trends will come from Peter Firth of the Future Laboratory, and there will be panel discussions on influencing politicians in the run-up to the General Election and on the value of English, as well as analytical sessions from both outgoing and incoming Chief Executives. We'll update our website conference pages as more speakers are confirmed over the coming weeks.

The Annual Conference is always the year's leading event for our members, and this year will be particularly special as we celebrate and look forward to the future. We really hope as many members as possible will join us: please save the date.

We will let you know by email and Twitter when bookings are open, which is likely to be in the second or third week of March. It will be important to then book as quickly as possible for the English UK 10th Anniversary Dinner and the Parliamentary Reception, as numbers for both of these events are strictly limited.

For more details and future updates, please visit the English UK website.

The conference is supported by Cambridge English Language Assessment

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