Do you know that Social Enterprises have a massive impact in Plymouth's economy?
Have you heard that Plymouth University is the first University in the world to be considered a Social Enterprise?
Are you aware that there's is over 150 social enterprises located in the city, employing over 7,000 people which bring an incredible contribution to our economy?
The Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce recognises that the world of business is changing dramatically and we need to be conscious that the Private Sector and Social Enterprises should collaborate. This can only benefit the people and businesses of the region.
Speakers at this event will talk about the importance of Social Enterprises in Plymouth and how the city can support this and other businesses for the wellbeing of the community.
Lindsey Hall Chief Executive from RIO Real Ideas Organisation will be chairing a panel session with the following panel members,
•Tom Lavis, Head of Discovery College - YMCA Plymouth is an independent charity that was established since 1848 which supports people and the wider community with services in training and education, health and wellbeing, youth work, and specialised activities with additional needs and medical conditions.
•Gareth Hart, Chair of PSEN - Plymouth Social Enterprise Network represents all kinds of social enterprises including co-operatives, community interest companies, charities, community businesses and more.
•Roger Pipe, Chief Executive - Millfields Trust which offers office rental in Plymouth and was established in 1999 as a trading Social Enterprise set up to help regenerate the Stonehouse neighbourhood in Plymouth. They provide a platform to enable SME'S to grow and develop, offering high quality affordable business space for rental on flexible terms.
•Soo Brizell, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Contracts - Shekinah is a Devon and Cornwall based charity that provides opportunities for people in recovery or seeking recovery. This may include recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill health.
This will be an interesting event where you will be amazed by the scope and variety of businesses that are Social Enterprises and what they contribute to the wider economy.
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