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A ‘How to’ Guide to Community Wealth Building Workshop Series: Part 3

January 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Designed for senior practitioners in local authorities, regional economic partnerships and partners working in place-based economic development roles, this series shares how to adopt a community wealth building approach, through the development and use of existing investments and work areas.


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Community wealth building is a practical  and outcome focused approach to economic development that can help deliver on Scotland’s wellbeing economy and inclusive growth aspirations.  It does this by working with local authorities and other ‘anchor institutions’ (such as the NHS, higher education institutions and large private businesses) to influence how they spend, procure and recruit so more benefits go to the places they are located within. In doing this, it seeks to simplify delivery on the ground, so we focus on jobs, enterprise and community benefits. It requires work across boundaries, and flexibility in systems to respond to local need.


Training will be delivered by international leaders in Community Wealth Building; the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Across five sessions, tutor, Neil McInroy, will share, an introduction; the action plan process; and through showcasing action-based learning case studies, will introduce examples of the five core principles of CWB – progressive procurement; fair employment and just labour markets; shared ownership of the local economy; socially just use of land and property; and making financial power work for local places.


Part 3: Anchoring Community Wealth Building

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 

One of the key aspects of community wealth building is the role of our large anchors in place (such as local authorities, universities and colleges, Health Boards). These anchors, employ people, purchase goods and services and have land, property and financial assets. Unlocking their individual and collective economic power, can aid the growth of community wealth.

In this session we will dig deep into the role of anchors in place.



14:00 – 14:05 Introduction. Liz McEntee, Chair of EDAS
14:05 – 14:20 The key role of anchors in building community wealth. Neil McInroy, CEO, CLES
14:20 – 14:30 Anchor network in Birmingham. Conrad Parke, CLES community wealth builder in residence in Birmingham
14:30 – 14:40 Anchor charter in North Ayrshire. Julie McLachlan, Senior Manager for Economic Policy, North Ayrshire Council
14:40 – 14:55 Discussion.
14:55 – 15:00 BREAK
15:00 – 15:25 Anchoring our economy. Neil McInroy
Exercise. Assessing role of major anchors in your place.

15:25 – 15:55 Anchor Organisations in Conversation
15:25 Health Boards: Lisa Buck, Health Improvement and Inequalities Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
15:30 Universities: Des McNulty, Assistant Vice Principal (Civic Engagement and Economic Development), University of Glasgow
15:35 Colleges: Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network
15:40 Facilitated discussion led by Neil McInroy.
15:55 Sum up and close.


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Parts 4 & 5, take place on 24 February (14:00-16:00) and 17 March (14:00-16:00), taking a more in-depth look at core principles through the lens of currently developing Action-Based Learning across Scotland.




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January 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Alison Jones