How can homegrown business create a more inclusive Liverpool economy?

Start Date14/03/2019
Start Time6.00pm
End Time8.00pm
Venue The Baltic Roastery
49 Jamaica Street
L1 0AH (Click here to view a map of the venue)

We welcome a panel of five speakers to talk about their differing experiences of and ideas about a homegrown, grassroots local economy.  How does it work, what are its characteristics and how we can encourage more?

Theresa and Jo from Granby Market talk about how the market provides a local, living, community-driven example of an inclusive economy, offering almost anyone an affordable place to start trading

  • Sally-Anne is Homebaked’s treasurer, and sits on the boards of Blackburne House, School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Bluecoat.  She plays a vital role in developing viable businesses across the city, bringing professional accountancy experience to the homegrown sector, creating a movement for social change
  • Vidhya is the chief executive of Power to Change, which has been instrumental in funding unconventional or un-tested new and community businesses – often before they’re popular or agreeable to the region’s leadership
  • Maggie is chief exec of the Women’s Org, the largest provider or training for women in the UK. ‘We work with women so they achieve success and greater prosperity, become leaders and to connect with each other,’ she says.
  • Fiona is the cofounder and publisher of Ethos magazine, and a director of publishing and communications agency Wordscape. She has 20 years’ experience as a business journalist, documenting the move from ’traditional’ business to a more inclusive, values-driven economy.  She also works extensively across the homegrown sector.


This ever-growing community of entrepreneurs, activists and idealists is changing the agenda of what an economy is – who owns it, and who drives it.  It is homegrown and local, committed to the city and growing in influence.  It is collaborative by nature and outward-looking, using new ideas and long-cherished ideals to support a network of freelancers, micro-businesses and growing SMEs.

It is the antithesis of inward investment, and barely registers on the region’s radar. I ndividual businesses are small, but they are many in number. They are our new ‘nation of shopkeepers’.

How can we encourage more?

The evening will be chaired by Ann O’Byrne.

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