Co-operatives Fortnight Conference in Exeter


South Western Co-operative Party Council

Saturday, 27th June, l0.30-3.00 at Exeter Labour Hall, 26b Clifton Hill, Exeter.

“The Role of Social Enterprise – putting co-operation into practice” will be the theme of the SW Co-operative Party’s summer conference to mark  Co-operatives Fortnight.
Social enterprise could be an important key to economic prosperity in the South West, one solution to the loss of public services building  on local  ideas and innovation..

Three leading local speakers will head the debate;

Ed Whitelaw, currently the South West chair of the Royal Society of Arts. and Head of Enterprise and Regeneration at the Real Ideas Company based at Devonport, and secretary of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, will speak on:

“Needs and opportunity:  the South West, world leaders in social enterprise”.

Cllr. Chris Pemberthy, Plymouth City Council cabinet member for Co-operatives, Housing & Community Safety, and Vice-chair of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network, will speak on

“Local government, public service and social enterprise – why bother?”

Our third speaker will be Sarah Bailey, the co-ordinator of ESSENCE, the Exeter Social Enterprise Network, who will talk about the plans for the development of social enterprise in and around Exeter.

Debate and workshops will follow, with recommendations about how social enterprise can be developed in the South West and for future action.

The conference is open to anyone interested, and can be booked through Saxon Spence, SW Party Council Secretary, at

Further information from Saxon Spence, tel:  01392 271785

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