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Plymouth Festival to look at what the future holds for our economy

Plymouth Festival to look at what the future holds for our economy

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network is giving everyone the chance to explore what our economy could look like in the future, both in our city and further afield.

The Social Enterprise City Festival will be running 16th – 21st November with a blend of online and face to face events, in accordance with guidelines at the time. The theme is Educating the Economy, particularly timely as many businesses are thinking about how to adapt and recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Festival organizer Jess Holliland said: “This year’s festival follows on from our discussions about youth action for the climate during last year’s festival, and the conversations started in the fantastic Regenerate Devon and ALTwork events earlier this year which explored the idea of a new economy and building back in better ways.

“This is an ideal opportunity to look in more depth at what the next generation of consumers, workers and business owners really want and how this can be implemented.”

Research shows that 73% of Millennials (24-28 year olds) are willing to pay more for sustainable products, and 62% of Gen Z (up to 23 years old) prefer to buy from sustainable brands, with increasing numbers in each group taking part in upcycling and reselling.

The Social Enterprise City Festival will look to encourage this younger demographic to consider social enterprise as a model if they want to set up their own business or are looking for a more sustainable employer. They will also work with those already in business about how to engage with the more ethical generations and what can be done to move our economy towards the more sustainable, caring model that is essential for a healthy economy and planet.

There are over 20 events confirmed so far, including:

  • Launch event covering PSEN’s plans to make sure the city maintains and builds on its reputation as the most socially-minded city in the UK
  • ‘No Health, No Economy’ – A workshop from Iridescent Ideas CIC exploring the impact our health has on the economy
  • Information about how to set up a Repair Cafe from Borrow Don’t Buy CIC
  • A session looking at ethical entrepreneurship from Marjon
  • Drop-in surgeries to get advice about using your data better from social enterprise The Data Place

A full list of events is available on the PSEN website. 

The festival is open to everyone, and there is still the opportunity for individuals and organisations to get involved as a Friend of the Festival. For just £50, you can support the planning and running of the Festival. In return, your logo and a link to your website will be featured on the PSEN website and you’ll be officially thanked at the launch event.

Traditional sponsorship options are also available, with this year’s Gold Sponsors being RIO and Livewell.

For more information about being a part of the Festival, contact Jess at

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