The Ideas Exchange is fully self-funding. Each member pays an annual subscription fee and this covers operational/administration costs and meeting room hire with a proportion set aside for charitable donations.

The Ideas Exchange values members‘ independence and therefore does not accept funding from any external source, thus completely eliminating any bias or undue influences from third parties.

In normal circumstances, monthly meetings are held face-to-face in a hotel. However, the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the increased use of Zoom-enabled virtual meetings.

In fact, virtual meetings have a number of advantages including: reduced travel time, reduced carbon footprint and an increased proportion of membership fees freed up for donation to charity. In recognition of this, the future calendar will consist of four zoom meetings and eight face-to-face meetings per year.

Whilst appreciating that members have businesses to run, and that this will sometimes take precedence, the group still expects members to participate in at least 75% of the meetings in any year.

The content of these meetings qualifes for structured and non-structured continual professional development, as advocated by the industry regulators and professional bodies.