Birmingham City Council is certainly making the most of the Lib Dem conference coming to the city by hosting a range of fringe events designed to tell delegates and senior politicians what the city is up to.
Fringe events are an important part of any party conference. They take place in meeting rooms during breaks in the main conference, such as during lunch or in the evening, and usually involve a panel of experts making short speeches before the floor is opened up to conference delegates to ask questions or make their own contributions.
Although the topics to be discussed - such as how to promote a "green" economy - are relevant to cities across the country, the fact that Birmingham is hosting an event means it is guaranteed a place on the panel.
In most cases, Councillor Paul Tilsley, the Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, will be doing the honours. Stephen Hughes, the council's chief executive, will also be making appearances.