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Get inspired & discover lessons from community businesses & co-ops in Oxfordshire

When: Thursday 13th October, 6-8pm

where: The White House by Tap Social 38 Abingdon Road Oxford OX1 4PD

CAG Oxfordshire, Cooperative Futures, and OSEP, the organisation delivering OxLEP’s eScalate programme, are excited to invite you to a chance to learn, exchange ideas, and find answers to your questions about social purpose businesses.

For more than 20 years, Coop Futures has been a leading support for the coop community. As a business development consultancy specialising in co-operative, mutual and community led businesses, Coop Futures has provided critical guidance togroups/projects across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands.

CAG Oxfordshire, similarly, has more than two decades of experience providing direct support to community groups and building a network of more than 100 members people-powered change in every corner of the county. CAG, alongside a partnership of community-based organisations, in the final phase of a pilot initiative, Owned by Oxford, focused on community wealth building through the strengthening of local social enterprises under the banner of community wealth building.

eScalate, is a three-year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which runs until April 2023 to support Social Enterprises, social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and purposeful businesses in Oxfordshire.

We are excited to bring together business leaders who have been through the highs and lows to help you think through opportunities to embrace and pitfalls to avoid. Our speakers include:

Doireann Lalor, Broken Spoke Co-op

Doireann Lalor has been involved in setting up many co-operatives in Oxford including being a founder of Cultivate and The Village (a parent-run childcare coop). She currently works as the People & Culture Lead at Broken Spoke.

Nuha Abdo, Syrian Sisters & Damascus Rose Kitchen

Nuha Abdo is one of the founders of Damascus Rose Kitchen, a social enterprise serving traditional Middle Eastern dishes made with by Arabic-speaking refugee women. Syrian Sisters is a partner in the Owned by Oxford initiative.

Patrick Gillet, Hempen Coop

Hempen is a UK worker co-operative producing certified organic hemp & CBD products in Oxfordshire, for the health of people, community and planet.

If you are a start-up with a social purpose or a new business looking to become community-led, this will be an opportunity to gain advice from those who’ve been there before. If you are an existing community-owned business or co-operative come and share your experiences and meet with others.

Additionally, Co-operative Futures are using this event to launch their new peer-mentoring programme. New co-operative and community businesses can access two days of funded peer-support from existing co-operative businesses – come to the event to find out more about this opportunity. If you are interested in becoming a paid mentor, you can also sign up at this event.

We can’t wait to see you there!


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