“Catch-up with Social Enterprise – All you need to know about this area of growing importance to local government”
When: Tuesday 15thMay 2012
Time: 10am - 1pm
Where: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay,
Address by: Sean Sherlock TD and Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation
“Social Enterprise has the potential to provide 65,000 jobs and account for 5% of GDP” according to the report “Adding Value Delivering Change - The Role of Social Enterprise in National Recovery (2010),” published by the multi-agency, Social Enterprise Task Force.
This report and the findings of the WINSENT (Wales Ireland Social Entrepreneurship Network) project point to the critical role which local government can play in achieving these targets.
At this time of national re-alignment and prioritisation of resources, a seminar has been organised to disseminate contemporary thinking and advances in Social Enterprise, with a focus on opportunities and issues pertaining to Local Authorities, County Development Boards, Enterprise Boards, Local Partnerships and Leader Action Groups.
A panel of leading speakers from UK, Wales and Ireland will address topics such as social enterprise and job creation, harnessing resources to deliver change, procurement as strategic advantage, social enterprise and regeneration, rural enterprise development and high-tech innovations.
The seminar is only open and aimed at senior stakeholders in Local Authorities; County Development Boards; Enterprise Boards; Local Partnerships and Leader Action Groupsanxious to update their awareness of social enterprise developments, and those charged with community and enterprise development in the field, hoping to gain insight into best practice throughout Ireland and abroad.
The WINSENT project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A)