Thursday 28th March 8am – 10am
The Junction @ Engine shed
Bristol Pound is not just your local currency, it’s a network of Bristol’s independent businesses – a network we can all benefit from. We’re inviting you to get together, share information, promote your business and make the most of the vast knowledge and experience of your fellow independent business owners and managers. Come along to enjoy a free breakfast and make new friends.
March’s business breakfast is kindly sponsored by University of Bristol and will feature guest speaker Professor Martin Parker. UoB have been carrying out research for £B to see what we can do to improve our business network; Martin explains, ‘I am working with Bristol Pound because I am excited about the potential that local money might have to shorten supply chains and reduce carbon costs.’
‘Bristol Pound is an extraordinary experiment. It’s a bet on what we might be able to do if we partly localised our economies and I’m really happy to be helping it thrive. The University of Bristol has responsibilities to the city and region. As an anchor institution, research like this can help us understand how we might change the university, and tilt the economy of the city.’
We want you to get involved too – everyone at the event will get an opportunity to promote their business in the form of an elevator pitch.
08.00 – 08.15: Arrival. Coffee and breakfast available
08:15 – 08.20: Welcome from Bristol Pound
08.20 – 08.35: Professor Martin Parker – see below for details
08.35 – 08.40: Dr Thomas Sealy – on his £B research project
08.40 – 09.15: Elevator pitches & networking exercises
09.15 – 10.00: Networking
Professor Martin Parker is part of the Inclusive Economy Institute at University of Bristol. They are working on developing an inclusive and fair low carbon economy by co-producing research with organisations in the Bristol region.
They work with businesses, local and regional government and third sector agencies committed to environmentally sustainable business practices; patterns of employment that reflect the population of the region; localising the economy by shortening supply chains; and fairer and more democratic forms of business ownership and control.
They also work together to understand the forms of governance, finance, technological innovation and economic participation which can tilt the regional economy in the direction of inclusive, equitable and low carbon business ecosystems. This means developing long term partnerships with large and small businesses, local councils, trade unions and third sector and civil society organizations. Based in a civic university, their work necessarily includes considering the role of education and training in challenging current practices and encouraging new ways of thinking and acting.