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Local Banks for a Local Economy

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

Friday, 10 July 2015 from 10:00 to 13:00 (BST)

Local Banks for a Local Economy

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Local stakeholder banks are significant players in the banking sector in many countries in Europe, and in the US and Canada. Typically they contribute to a resilient local economy and promote financial inclusion. We think a local stakeholder bank, or banks, for Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall would be a good idea.

With that in mind, we have invited Alex Templeton from the Community Bank of Hampshire to come along and tell us how social entrepreneurs can set about starting up a new local bank.

We'll also hear from Mark Burton of the Bristol Pound, Bristol Credit Union and Plough and Share Credit Union about the potential for credit unions to become a more powerful force for local economic development.


Fiona Brownsell, a banking systems expert and Director of Tusmor consultants, will explain how new community banks can take advantages of new technology in payments systems to be able to take on the big banks.




Tony Greenham from the New Economics Foundation will set the scene by talking about different ways in which communities are rising to the challenge of building financial infrastructure that properly serves the needs of the local economy.

This event is jointly hosted by Transition Cornwall Network, The Devon Forum for Local Economies and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network in association with the South West RSA and the New Economics Foundation. It is for anyone from Cornwall, Devon or Plymouth who would like to find out more about how we can work together to create local banks that support our local economies. The event is supported by an UnLtd Spark award


You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

 Buckminster Fuller

Do you have questions about Local Banks for a Local Economy? Contact Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

When & Where

Charter Room, Plymouth Guildhall
Royal Parade
PL1 2AA Plymouth
United Kingdom

Friday, 10 July 2015 from 10:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network is a focal point for the social enterprise sector within Plymouth. We work to represent the interests of social enterprises, co-ops, community businesses and social impact businesses,  providing opportunities for them to influence the development of their sector.

Collaborating with strategic national and local partners it is a voice for the Social Entrepreneurs of the city and works tirelessly to ensure that the vision of business for our future is a social one.




The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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