Merthyr Tydfil event celebrates Wales’s fastest growing sector
Leading figures in South Wales’s burgeoning social enterprise economy will be speaking next week at a Merthyr showcase event designed to celebrate the achievements of the sector. Organised by Merthyr Tydfil Social Economy Network and partner Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to celebrate Social Enterprise Day 2013, the half-day conference on 12 November will feature keynote speakers and case studies illustrating how successful social enterprises are run.
Keynote speakers include Lynda Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Rhondda furniture recycling charity Toogoodtowaste, and Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive Derek Walker. Also speaking at the event will be Rock UK, a national charity that has transformed the fortunes of the former Welsh International Climbing Centre at Merthyr into a thriving outdoor adventure centre attracting thousands of people every year.
Merthyr Council Senior Social Economy Development Officer Adama Sesay says: “This event features speakers at the heart of the fastest growing sector in Wales and across the UK. All are leaders in their areas of work and are passionate about widening social enterprise activities at the core of communities for empowerment and sustainability.”
The conference, which is now fully subscribed, will also give delegates the opportunity to hear about proposals for future European Structural Funds from Merthyr Council Economic Development & Strategic Tourism Manager Chris Long. Delegates will also learn about potential future South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme funding. They will be able to find out what policy makers want from service and product deliverers, as well as network and share solutions with other social enterprises facing similar challenges.
Merthyr Council Deputy Leader Councillor Phil Williams said: “The social enterprise sector is now an established and recognised entity with an increasing confidence and presence. Merthyr Tydfil Social Economy Network and the County Borough Council have been working since 2006 to promote a greater understanding of the sector, and strengthen its support structures and growth. This conference is a celebration of those achievements.”