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A ‘How to’ Guide to Community Wealth Building Workshop Series: Part 4 and 5

February 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - March 17, 2021 @ 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 4: Community Wealth Building Powers: Inclusive Ownership and Socially Just Use of Land and Property – Wednesday 24 February (14:00-16:00)

In this penultimate session in the series, we will introduce examples of the five core principles of community wealth building above. Through case studies, this session will focus on:



Inclusive Ownership: Developing and growing more local and social organisations that are more financially generative, relate more to communities and lock wealth into local places. This includes social enterprise, community organisations, cooperatives, development trusts and municipal enterprises.


Land and Property: Maximising the value that local communities receive from land and property assets. Including extending community use-where public sector land and facilities are viewed as part of “the commons” i.e. land held by public institutions that is owned by everyone for the common good.




14:00 – 14:05     Introduction. Liz McEntee, Chair of EDAS

14:05 – 14:20     Community Wealth Building Powers:  Neil McInroy, CEO, CLES

14:20 –  14:35    Inclusive Ownership Context: Linda Gillespie, COSS Programme Manager, DTAS

14:35 – 14:50     Inclusive Ownership Case Study: Simon Poole, MD, Jerba Campervans

14:50 – 15:05     Land and Property Context: Shona Glenn, Head of Policy, Scottish Land Commission

15:05 – 15:20     Land and Property Case Study: Martin Avila, Director, Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow

15:20 – 15:25     BREAK

15:25 – 15:40     Breakout Group Sessions

Facilitated sessions where each group discusses what they have heard and agrees on a question/s to feed back to whole delegation.

15:40 – 16:00     Group Feedback and Discussion (Close 16:00)


Part 5: Community Wealth Building: Principles, Progress, Next Steps – Wednesday 17 March (14:00-16:00)

In this final session in the series, tutor Neil McInroy recaps on the series and covers the core principles – progressive procurement and making financial power work for local places. We will hear from Scotland’s community wealth building action-based learning examples on where they are and what’s next.  There is also plenty of time incorporated in this final session, for questions, discussion and a conversation on future training ideas.


14:00 – 14:05     Introduction. Liz McEntee, Chair of EDAS

14:05 – 14:30     Recap | Procurement and Financial Powers: Neil McInroy

14:30 – 15:00     Where we are and What’s Next?  Featuring Scotland’s Action-based Learning Examples
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar: Calum Iain MacIver, Communities Director

Fife Council: Gordon Mole, Chief Officer for Business and Employability

Glasgow City Council: Val McNeice, Programme Manager, Glasgow City Region City Deal

North Ayrshire Council: Julie McLachlan, Senior Manager, Economic Policy


15:00 – 15:40     Q & A and Discussion

15:40 – 16:00     The Future of the Community Wealth Building Programme: future training ideas discussion.


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February 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
March 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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Alison Jones