The NBWN has come together with NatWest Business Banking to present the Faith and Business Summit that brings together business owners, faith leaders and budding entrepreneurs to create new business ventures through the wealth of social capital in our nation’s churches.
According to the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit (2015), the contribution given by UK churches and other faith groups that responded was worth £235 million to the economy. Nationally they estimate this puts the value given by churches and other faith groups into their communities through social action projects to over £3 billion a year.
The Faith and Business Summit: Harnessing the Social Capital of our Nation’s Churches hosted in the heart of London on Monday 28th November, will also look the role of the church in business; from social enterprise, fair trade, micro finance to eco friendly companies, and evaluate and its current relevance in contemporary culture.
A keynote presentation will be made from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society.
Facilitated by Sonia Brown MBE (NBWN) the summit will be supported by speakers from the banking, social enterprise and faith sectors including Julie Baker (Head of Enterprise, NatWest Business Banking); Bishop Wayne Malcolm, iCAN Community Church; Bishop Wilton Powell, Church of God of Prophecy; Rev Martin Wheadon, Christian Education Project; Pastor Nick Chanda, Revival Christian Church Enfield (RCCE); Ray Lewis, EYLA; Minister Joyce Fletcher, National Women’s Ministry Director (COGOP) and the Rev Sally Muggeridge, St Stephen Walbrook
A key purpose of the Summit is to highlight how churches can capitalise on its untapped assets whilst coming together to serve as a template to lead on creating and running successful businesses within their local and international communities.
Key issues discussed on the day include: -
Faith-based organisations’ contribution to society, highlighting areas for future collaboration
Starting, growing and supporting more businesses in their communities
Encouraging international trade through their networks
Developing social action programmes that creates jobs.
The Faith and Business Summit is aimed at those interested in finding out how churches can be more active in contributing to the national business agenda or those simply looking for strategies to expand their network, business or social enterprise within their church.