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Brexit: What does it mean for the social enterprise sector?
Thu 21 July 2016, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
The decision to leave the European Union will have major implications for government, business and the third sector. For social enterprises operating across and trading with these sectors, there are a number of short and long term consequences for their business, their communities and their people.
With this in mind, Social Enterprise UK are looking to bring together SEUK members with policy makers and experts to explore some of the key ramifications including:
- The implications for the markets in which social enterprises are operating - public commissioning, grant funding, private sector
- The implications for social enterprises themselves - employment law, business support, procurement, recruitment, exporting and more
- What does the future hold, and what should the sector's message to government be?
- The role of social enterprise in tackling some of the root causes behind the divisions in the country: inequality, lack of opportunity, poor social mobility
As well as contributions from key speakers, there will be plenty of scope for discussion and debate on what the next steps for the sector should be. We hope you'll join us and be a part of it.
10.00am Registration: Tea and coffee available
10.30am Introduction: Brexit - how can we make it work for the social enterprise sector
Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK
10.45am An economic perspective on the implications of the UK leaving the EU
Dr Swati Dhingra, Economics and Trade Lecturer, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE
11.10am An international perspective: trade and future of social enterprise in a global market
Dr Mairi Mackay, Global Head of Social Enterprise, British Council
11.35am Case study: what does Brexit mean for an exporting social enterprise?
Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director, Divine Chocolate Ltd
12.05pm Brexit: the legal implications
Abbie Rumbold, Partner, Head of Public Service Reform and Health & Social Care, Bates Wells Braithwaite
Paul Jennings, Partner, Specialist in employment and discrimination law, Bates Wells Braithwaite
1.40pm Case study:Social enterprises working in regions with majority leave voters, challenges and opportunities
Sara Williams Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
2.00pm What role can the sector play in addressing the root causes of Brexit?
What should the next steps for the sector be?
Panel with experts and social enterprise leaders, chaired by Peter Holbrook
2.50pm Summary, Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK.