103 The Eye, the station which broadcasts to the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Mowbray, is holding its fifth annual Community Radio Networking And Information Day on Saturday, 18 May 2019 and those involved in the sector are very welcome to attend this free event.
It is aimed at directors and managers of community radio stations - those already broadcasting on FM, AM or DAB and those who wish to apply for OFCOM licences but are not yet on the air.
The event is at the new venue of the PERA BUSINESS PARK, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0PB. This is on the A606, not far from Melton town centre. Free parking on site.
The day opens with informal networking from 10 am. The formal speaker session starts at 11.45. This year’s theme is income generation and working together with partners to bring sustainability to the sector.
Speakers are as follows:
Community Media Association chairman Danny Lawrence will update us on latest news from The Radio Hub and from the sector as a whole.
Bill Best from the Community Media Association HQ will talk about his latest meetings with OFCOM and DCMS regarding licence renewals, power increases, DAB and other matters.
Dom Chambers, station manager from Somer Valley FM, has been touring community stations all over the UK and he will share some of his experiences with us. He will also introduce the new organisation he is launching - The Local Radio Alliance.
Marketing and training expert Tracey Wright will give advice on publicising and promoting your station to raise its profile and gain support in terms of both advertising / sponsorship and in-kind support and donations from companies and other organisations.
Elliot Harris from Midland Group Business Advisers will speak about HMRC and Companies House regulations as applicable to voluntary organisations, including the various kinds of organisational structure (limited company / CIC / registered charity), the tax status of paid staff v freelances, statutory accounts reporting and VAT topics.
Bingham U3A (University of the Third Age) will talk about how U3A - which has 1,039 branches across the UK with more than 425,000 members - and community radio can work together to mutual benefit.
After the talks, there is a complimentary buffet lunch at 1.30 pm (approx) and the afternoon is devoted to informal networking until 4 pm.
During the informal networking time, broadcast and studio engineers will demonstrate some of the latest equipment and provide advice on technical matters. In addition, individual radio stations can share their success stories and there will be exhibition space where they can mount a small display if they wish.
New this year is an opportunity to buy or sell pieces of studio / transmission equipment and accessories which attendees can bring along and put on display.
103 The Eye would like to thank The Radio Hub for kindly sponsoring this event, and also Melton Borough Council and PERA for helping us to organise it.
Please phone 01664 565315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.