The Big Issue will show organisations how to make better choices on spending money to maximise the value of the ‘social pound’ at the UK’s first social trading conference.
Hosted by Big Issue founder Lord John Bird at Northampton’s Guildhall, the day-long event brings together representatives of local businesses, charities, social enterprises and public-sector bodies to create a more vibrant local economy through trade, not aid.
Beautiful setting and fantastic turnout for @BigIssue Social Trading Conference on Creating a Social Echo at the Guildhall #Northampton. Looking forward to taking part in discussions with @michaelweedon and plenty more @fsb_policy members. pic.twitter.com/vZdwkY9ZqI
— Jennifer Thomas (@FSB_L_N_R) November 22, 2018
Dubbed ‘How to Create a Social Echo: Strengthening Communities Through Local Trading’, University of Northampton, Northampton Hope, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire have joined forces with The Big Issue for the event. It also has the backing of Carlsberg UK, a large business and employer in the Northampton community, Housing Technology, the leading housing magazine for business and IT professionals and the University of Northampton.
In the face of austerity and rising inequality – most keenly felt in the town after the council declared bankruptcy earlier this year – The Big Issue believes that poverty can be dismantled through business solutions.
Now the challenge is how whole communities can come together to build social trading eco-systems that enable communities to flourish.