Public Sector: DTI in conference sponsor drive

The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) has appointed Lexis Public Relations to seek out sponsors for its corporate governance conference in November.

The conference is designed to raise awareness of corporate governance and encourage greater dialogue between public policy makers and the business community. Issues to be discussed include the future of company law, the DTI's corporate governance action plan and the work of the EU Corporate Governance Forum.

The conference is the third in a series - the first was held at The Hague in 2004.

The DTI's corporate governance code encourages businesses to operate in a transparent and efficient manner; it was set up in an effort to help avoid financial scandals, such as the collapse of Enron.

It also encourages businesses to do things such as register accounts with Companies House.

'We are targeting companies that have an excellent record in corporate governance, that are known to operate in an efficient and transparent way for the benefit of their shareholders, customers and staff,' said Lexis head of sponsorship Matt Elton.

Attendees will include politicians, civil servants, business leaders and investors.

- The Commonwealth Secretariat has also called in Lexis to find sponsors for its biennial Heads of Government Youth Forum meeting in Malta in November.

Sponsorship will enable children from all 53 Commonwealth countries to attend.

'Many countries such as Samoa find it particularly hard to send people to these events so we are asking for companies to help fund them via sponsorship,' added Elton.

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