There will be a particular focus on some of the big challenges our economy and communities face across the region, a spotlight on Co-operative Party’s policy platform for 2020, as well as showcasing co-operative solutions that can be expanded and supported to build the fairer future we so desperately need.
10.00 registration opens
10.30 Welcome and introduction by Sue Milestone, Co-op Party NEC South West representative
10.45 Policy Debate 1: Corporate Governance: panel Q&A on ensuring businesses work for the common good and how good governance is critical to creating a fairer economy. As co-operators we want to see an economy that is characterised by fairness and this means all businesses playing their part. Speakers include:
11.45 Be a Co-operative Councillor: how to be nominated as a candidate, manifesto ideas and support (in association with Community the Union) with speakers:
12.30 Lunch (sandwiches are included in your registration fee)
13:15 Co-operative Party campaigning: launching the Party’s 2020 campaigns on community safety and listing community assets
14:15 Community Business & Co-operative Growth: Q&A with representatives from successful local independent co-ops and co-operative development agencies. Speakers include:
14:45 Policy Debate 2: Connecting Communities from buses to broadband: panel Q&A to discuss how across the country, co-operative, social enterprise and other forms of not-for-profit bus operators are proving that it’s possible to run transport services that are affordable and responsive to the needs of local people. Plus co-operative solutions to tackle digital exclusion – with examples of community broadband and the rural communities that now enjoy access they would otherwise have been denied. Speakers include:
15:45 Summing up and next steps
The nearest mainline train station is Bristol Temple Meads Train Station. From there, you can travel by bus number 8 – which runs every 10 minutes from the station – and travels through via the Centre, Park Street and Clifton Triangle and stops directly outside of Engineers’ House. The bus fare is £2 per journey.
There are a number of onsite car parking spaces available. These are firstly reserved for disabled attendees. There are a large number of spaces available on the adjacent roads. No parking permits are required on weekends.
£10 (£5 concessions), which includes a sandwich lunch.
This event is open to non-members, so please share with friends, Labour Party and trade union colleagues. You must register in advance to secure a place.