This event, held on 10th July 2015 at the Guildhall in Plymouth brought together 35 people representing socially entrepreneurial organisations in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to gain expertise, share ideas and plan next steps for local stakeholder banking.
With that in mind, we invited Alex Templeton from the Community Bank of Hampshire, to tell us how social entrepreneurs can set about starting up a new local bank; Fiona Brownsell, a banking systems expert and Director of Tusmor consultants, to explain how emerging technology in payments systems can enable community banks to take on the big players and Mark Burton of the Bristol Pound, Bristol Credit Union and Plough and Share Credit Union, to highlight the potential for credit unions to become a more powerful force in local economic development. Tony Greenham set the scene by talking about different ways in which communities are rising to the challenge of building financial infrastructure that properly serves the needs of the local economy.
Tony Greenham, outgoing Head of Finance & Business, New Economics Foundation
Alex Templeton, formerly of Hampshire Community Bank
Fiona Brownsell, Tusmor Ltd
Mark Burton, Plough & Share Credit Union
This event was jointly hosted by Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, Transition Cornwall Network and The Devon Forum for Local Economies in association with the New Economics Foundation. The event was financially supported by an UnLtd Santander Spark award and a small grant from the South West RSA.