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Growing the New Economy: co-operative & social enterprise place-based innovation

Event Date: 12.02.2020 |Time: 9.00-16.15 |Location: The Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL |Categories: Events, Featured

This national convention for 300 people will bring together an exciting mix of key decision makers from local authorities, health and other local public institutions, leaders of co-operatives and social enterprises with funders and investors to explore how the social economy can play a much more central role in the economic and community wellbeing of places across the country.

Participants will explore key learning and experience about what has worked in different places, and shape a future vision for place-based, co-operative and social enterprise innovation, supporting clear, viable alternatives to the traditional economic models and policies that have failed to serve people and communities in so many parts of the UK.

Drawing on the experience from the growing Community Wealth Building movement, this convention will explore how co-operatives and social enterprises can support inclusive economic growth as part of a wider move to “reset the dial on local economic development”.

The event will have a special focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing about new approaches to local economic development and organising local services based on social sourcing, i.e. public benefit partnerships between co-operatives and/or social enterprises and public authorities.

There will be a mix of plenary sessions, interactive breakout sessions and table discussions, ending with a clear call to action on key things prioritised by those present to move this agenda forward.

Outline programme*

8.15 Registration, tea, coffee, exhibition and networking
9.00 Welcome and open spaces choices
9.15 Opening plenary – building the new economy: co-operatives and social enterprise in place.
A lively discussion with thought leaders and practitioners about why and how we need to take a new approach to local economic development and how we can harness the transformative power of co-operatives, social enterprises and community business.
10.30 End of session and move to breakouts
10.35 Breakouts – session one
11.20 Break – tea, coffee, exhibition and networking
11.45 Breakouts – session two
12.30 Lunch – exhibition and networking
13.30 Breakouts – session three
14.15 End of session and return to plenary
14.20 Table discussion
Session on learning from experiences shared and identification of key priorities for the future. (Tea and Coffee available during discussions)
15.15 Closing plenary – Moving forward: ideas into action
Discussion about priorities for the future, final voting and a call to action on what will really move things forward.
16.15 End

Session topics
There will be 17 different themed breakout sessions on topics including:

  • Catalysing change to support local social enterprise solutions – learning from E3M Alchemy.
  • Social Sourcing and Public Benefit Partnerships: the Oldham innovation partnership for social prescribing.
  • Social Enterprise Places. How does the SEUK social places programme support local social enterprise growth?
    “Keep it Local”. How can commissioners refocus their work to boost opportunities for local people and local providers?
  • Can funders and foundations help to change the rules for the new economy?
  • Social Investment in Place.
  • Building Co-operative and Social Enterprise Ecosystems.
  • Policy for Inclusive Growth and Industrial Strategy.
  • Community Wealth Building – the role of co-operatives and social enterprises.
  • Northern Roots – a practical session to help shape this exciting project that will create a 65 hectare agri-park to “grow opportunity” in Oldham.
  • #1 million owners. How to boost the growth of employee led co-operatives.
  • Social enterprises working together.
  • Responding to Climate Emergency – the role of co-operatives and social enterprise in community energy.
  • Building from the bottom-up. How can local community businesses work together to achieve impact?
  • Social Value as a driver of inclusive growth.
  • Learning from Barcelona – live video link to learn about the experience of implanting the “Impetus plan” to grow the city’s social economy.

The convention will also include an open space strand with three breakout sessions proposed and selected by convention participants on the day.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Lord Victor Adebowale – CEO, Turning Point & Chair, Social Enterprise UK
  • Julian Blake – Partner, Stone King
  • Anna da Silva – Project Director, Northern Roots
  • Tej Dhami – MD, The Change Coefficient
  • Cllr. Sean Fielding – Leader, Oldham Council
  • Rachel Lawrence – Director of Programmes & Practice, New Economics Foundation
  • Eve Fawcett-Moralee – Executive Director of Economic & Commercial Growth, West Lindsey District Council
  • Paul Gerrard – Policy & Campaigns Director, Co-op Group
  • Louise Marix Evans – Director, Quantum Strategy & Technology Ltd
  • Neil McInroy – Chief Executive, CLES
  • Rebekah Sutcliffe – Strategic Director of Communities & Reform, Oldham Council
  • Dave Thornett – Business Development Manager, Key Fund
  • Carolyn Wilkins – CEO, Oldham Council
  • Cllr. Janette Williamson – Cabinet Member for Finance & Community Wealth Building, Wirral Council
  • Karin Woodley – CEO, Cambridge House
  • Chris Wright – CEO, Catch22

Others to be announced…

The event will be preceded by a drinks reception the evening before, 18.30-20.00 at the Co-operative Group HQ, Angel Square Manchester.

* Programme and speakers are subject to change

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