Whilst James was speaking directly to an audience in his fringe event; Chris and I made the most of what the market place offered in terms of opportunities to network with other like-minded organisations. In particular it was great to catch up with our partners such as the Association of Convenience Stores, Post Office Ltd and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. We share many common values with these organisations, not least a recognition of the importance of small businesses and community assets at the heart of rural areas.
As well as speaking with familiar contacts I had some really interesting conversations with Google and Meta too. My aim was to promote the Plunkett training hub and talk about opportunities to collaborate on future webinars. Let’s see where that leads!
Back in the fringe events, we also had some great opportunities to promote our work in the discussions that follow on from the panel sessions. The Power to Change and UK Onward event was particularly useful as we talked about incentivising community-ownership projects and securing long-term support for the sector. I was pleased to meet with Henry Dimbleby at an event he was speaking at, and shared our Community Food Strategy and ambitions with hope of a follow up chat. Chris and I also spoke with contacts from UK Youth about the I Will work Plunkett is progressing, thanks for funding from Dulverton Trust.
Having been our first contribution at the party conferences for a number of year’s Plunkett has much to digest following the last 2 weeks’ of engagements. We’ve definitely spoken to a lot of people and of course it’s now following up the conversations that is our immediate priority!
Finally, we’re incredibly grateful to Thakeham and the Centre for Social Justice for the platform they provided for us. We will continue to champion the work of Plunkett members and the benefits of community-ownership whenever we get the chance.
If you want to find out more about our policy, advocacy and external affairs work please visit this page on our website. Or alternatively get in touch with Chris via email@example.com.