Conference 2019

Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance, will be holding a Conference on Monday and Tuesday 25th/26th November 2019 at the Westerwood Hotel.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘ Community Wealth Building – the Role for Social and Community Enterprise’. Community Wealth and Wellbeing – Community wealth building a people-centred approach to local economic development. It reorganises local economies to be fairer. It stops wealth flowing out of our communities, towns and cities. Instead, it places control of this wealth into the hands of local people, communities, businesses and organisations.

We are delighted to have as our keynote speakers;

Aileen Campbell (Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Scottish Govt);
Neil McInroy (The Centre for Local Economic Strategies – CLES);
Joe Cullinane (Leader – North Ayrshire Council).

“Community Wealth Building – the Role for Social and Community Enterprise”

Community Wealth Building is a people-centred approach to local economic development. It reorganises local economies to be fairer. It stops wealth flowing out of our communities, towns and cities. Instead, it places control of this wealth into the hands of local people, communities, businesses and organisations.

The Scottish Government have committed to exploring the potential for community wealth building as an approach to deliver inclusive growth across Scotland. This will involve working with partnerships of public and private sector anchor institutions, focusing on their role in their local and regional economies as employers, purchasers, asset owners and enablers of wider economic activity. Anchor institutions are large employers or purchasers who are “anchored” in a locality by virtue of their nature (local authorities, health boards), history or supply chains.

There are currently two projects in development in Scotland – one in Glasgow and one in North Ayrshire.

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