San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As part of #3SpaceRethink festival, 3Space bring you...
QUESTION TIME: Business Rates – a tool to create economic and social value
2nd May 2013
1.15 – 2.15pm
Dan Gregory, Common Capital
Andrew Cribb, 3Space
Eddie Bridgeman, Meanwhile Space
About Business Rates:
Business rates and reliefs provide one of the greatest opportunities for local authorities to create local economic, social and environmental value, however decisions on whether to grant reliefs are often made in isolation to wider Council policy. In April 2013 the Government introduced changes to the types of business rates reliefs available and how they are funded. This new regime places greater emphasis on local authorities sharing with central government in both the risk and reward - meaning there is an opportunity for Council's to use reliefs as a constructive policy tool, but also a greater risk that rates collection will take priority.
This session will include the launch a new report by Common Capital - Business rates - Economic and Social Value: A Resource for Local Authorities. Meanwhile Space and 3Space commissioned Common Capital to prepare a practical resource for those working inside or alongside Councils who care about their high streets, towns and cities. The report is for rates offices, regeneration professionals, policy makers, politicians and others. It is hoped that this resource will help those inside local authorities to better understand meanwhile use (and social enterprise) and potential of the business rates regime to help local areas to flourish.
Dan Gregory from Common Capital will present a summary of the new resource and Andrew Cribb, 3Space and Eddie Bridgeman, Meanwhile Space will be available to answer questions and provide examples of how meanwhile use is benefiting local communities.
Who should attend?
Business rates officers, policy makers, regeneration professionals, politicians and those interested in the mechanics of meanwhile use in high streets, town centres and cities.
About Dan Gregory:
Dan Gregory works under the banner of Common Capital to support the funding and financing of social enterprises, through developing policy at the highest level and delivering in practice at the grassroots. Dan, also works to support the development of policy and practice around pop-up and meanwhile use of empty land, shops and property.
Dan has recently been working as Head of Policy for Social Enterprise UK, on behalf of NCVO, ResPublica, ClearlySo, 3SC, NCVYS and the British Council in China and the Big Local Trust. He has also been working with Meanwhile Space CIC and 3Space on business rate policies for local authorities, advising the London Legacy Development Corporation on meanwhile land use post-Olympics, and helping Merthyr Tydfil Council develop a meanwhile strategy. Dan has supported the Bedminister Portas Pilot as part of Pop-Up Bristol and set up Pop Shop Wiltshire - a social enterprise selling local, ethical, social and green products. Dan founded the world's first pop-up think tank - POPse!
Go to 3spacerethink.org to check out other workshops, exhibitions, interactive displays, talks and discussions, panels and parties running as part of the Re:THINK festival, 1st - 3rd May 2013.
When & Where
3Space are an innovative charity which unlocks the potential of empty commercial property, by making it available free of charge to other non-profit organisations for temporary projects which benefit the community.
3Space - Turning empty space into an opportunity.