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Cornwall Chamber Chief to open Social Enterprise Zone at Royal Cornwall Show

By 29th May 2014 No Comments

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Kim Conchie, is set to open the Cornwall Social Enterprise Zone exhibit at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show with a special business networking event.

“Coffee and Croissants with Kim” will be an informal event, hosted by Kim Conchie, bringing together Cornish businesses along with SMEs and social enterprises being supported through The Engine Room – an ERDF Convergence funded business support programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Starting at 11am on Thursday 05 June the event will be held in the Social Enterprise Zone area of the “Green Cornwall Show” on Stand 91.

Joining Kim Conchie will be the CIC Regulator Sara Burgess, an expert in Community Interest Companies, for a lively discussion around “Where Commerce and Community Connect” exploring social enterprise as a business model and how it can bring real benefits to mainstream businesses.

Kim and Sara will also participate in a Q&A session, taking questions on a range of issues including how to improve employment opportunities for young people and retain talent in Cornwall.

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce said: “Social Enterprises are already an important element of Cornwall’s business landscape. I am really keen to explore their potential, make sure they are sustainable and share expertise on how companies not distributing their profits and Cornwall’s thousands of SMEs can benefit each other.”

Sara Burgess, CIC Regulator said: “Three of my favourite activities drinking coffee, eating croissants, and talking about Community Interest Companies. Community enterprise can bring business opportunities to Cornwall that make a real difference to the local economy, as well as social impact, and now is the time.”

Jon Rolls, on behalf of the Social Enterprise Zone said: “We’re delighted to have Kim and Sara with us this year for our inaugural Royal Cornwall Show. The vast majority of Cornish businesses are inherently community minded and we think that’s a great starting point for an exciting discussion about how Cornwall’s economy can grow more sustainably than anywhere else!”

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were recognised as a Social Enterprise Zone in December 2013. The designation from Social Enterprise UK – the national body representing and supporting enterprises – was announced by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, at a special event at the Eden Project.

The Social Enterprise Zone area at the Show will feature local businesses exhibiting and selling their socially enterprising products, as well as a range of workshops, talks and demonstrations from social entrepreneurs from across Cornwall. From baking to woodwork and sailing to soup – Cornwall’s Social Enterprise Zone has lots to shout about.

“Coffee and Croissants with Kim” start at 11am on Thursday 05 June in the Social Enterprise Zone section of the Green Cornwall Show on Stand 91.

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