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First European social franchising conference 18 October

Social franchising has been touted about Europe as a key means of speeding up the growth of the social economy and the employment of disadvantaged people.

But what is the reality?

Today there are over 50 European social franchises employing over 13,000 people, over 60% of them being economically disadvantaged. So may be the promise is becoming reality.

The first annual European Social Franchising Network conference looked at the impact of social franchising across Europe. It shared best practice and looked at financing the growth of social franchising.

The conference is a part of the work programme of the Better Future for Social Economy learning network (www.socialeconomy.pl). The network is coordinated by European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authorities and is ESF funded.

Speakers

  • Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society
  • Jürgen Blondeel, KOMOSIE who manage De Kringwinkel and Energy Savers social franchises
  • Guy Turnbull, CASA (franchising the Sunderland Home Care Associates model)
  • Alastair Wilson, School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Robin Murray, Fellow of the Young Foundation and founder of the £90 million Fairtrade enterprise, Twin
  • Ewa Sadowska, BARKA
  • Renate Goergen, Le Mat Italy
  • Elisabeth Mattsson, Le Mat Europe
  • Toby Johnson, Better Future for Social Economy
  • Elisabet Mattison
  • Sven Bartilsson, Coompanion
  • Michael Berriman, Commonwheels
  • Keith Richardson, Community Renewable Energy
  • Emmanuel Vallens, Policy Co-ordinator, Directorate General Internal Market and Services, European Commission
  • Representatives of DG Employment, European Commission
  • Lloyd Broad, UK ESF Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming Unit
  • Sven Huysmans, FIETSenWERK

For a full report on the conference downloand here