Rural Social Enterprise Conference 2008
Where: Wychwood Park, Near Crewe
When: 26th and 27th November 2008
Enterprise for Empowerment is the eighth national Plunkett Foundation Rural Social Enterprise Conference. This is the essential annual two-day forum for news, presentations, debate, workshops and networking for all those involved with rural social enterprise – ranging from community-owned village shops to development trusts and local food community enterprises. We are delighted to be holding the event in association with Social Enterprise North West, the voice for Social Enterprise in the North West region.
Headline speakers include:
Matthew Taylor MP, author of Living Working Countryside, the Matthew Taylor Review of the rural economy and affordable housing
Malcolm Hayday, Chief Executive, Charity Bank
Peter Couchman, Chair, Plunkett Foundation
Graham Worrell, Chair, Social Enterprise North West
Karen Lowthrop, Ken Orchard and Daniel Heery, Social Enterprise Ambassadors
Jim Brown, Baker Brown Associates
Professor Malcolm Moseley, University of Gloucestershire
Bob Paterson, Community Finance Solutions
John Longdon, Pub is the Hub
The event will include a video message from Minister for the Third Sector, Kevin Brenann MP.
The economy and opportunities for rural social enterprise
Opportunities for all through horticulture
Connecting communities through rural social enterprise
Building communities through asset ownership
Community Land Trusts – lessons from the pilots and future opportunities
Governance issues for community-owned shops
The future of rural services – multipurpose centres as community anchors
Enterprise for Empowerment is open to anyone with an interest in the development of social enterprise in rural areas. Participants at previous conference have included:
The Plunkett Foundation's national Rural Social Enterprise Conference, now in its eighth year, continues to go from strength to strength. Over 1,200 delegates have attended previous conferences, with many returning each year.
The challenges faced by rural communities are heightened by greater distance, a more widely dispersed population and poor access to jobs and services. Increasingly rural social enterprises are stepping up to the mark and finding ways to overcome these challenges. Through a wide range of imaginative projects rural social enterprises are delivering key services including recycling of domestic waste, retail, housing and transport where there has previously been market failure.
Click here for an outline programme for the event.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support of the event:
For further information on Enterprise for Empowerment, please contact the Plunkett Foundation on 01993 810730 or email@example.com.
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