The upper Calder Valley has one of the greatest concentrations of co-ops in the UK, along with countless sole traders, microbusinesses, partnerships and self-employed people. These enterprises can help other enterprises grow.

Calderdale’s recovery following recent flooding is testimony to its resilience. Bootstrap aims to enable existing creative, caring and practical networks grow even stronger.

We are a group of entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community to co-create our next economy.

The Calderdale Bootstrap steering group:

Ben Oubridge – Valley Organics
Sue Mellis – Hebden Bridge Annual and the Egg Factory
Mark Simmonds – Co-op Culture and Pennine Community Power
Tom Henfrey – Schumacher Institute and Calder Shamanics
Dave Brooks – Hebden Hostel and LED Fantastic
Marie-Claire Kidd – journalist on environment, food, health and community

What’s Bootstrap all about?

The idea of the ‘solidarity economy’ is building momentum internationally.  Bootstrap aims to highlight the alternatives to conventional economics in the face of climate change, economic failure and energy and other resource crises.

Building on the success of similar events organised by movements like the REconomy Project and Project Soup, we’re holding an open event to celebrate local social enterprise.

At Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 5 May 2017 there will be inspirational speakers followed by a chance for new and established social enterprises to promote themselves and appeal for support and investment from the community – that’s you!

The community gets to ask the pitchers questions and pledge support. We’ll provide food, a bar and entertainment. If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

Right now, we’re looking for enterprises who might like to pitch to the community on 5 May and individuals and organisations who have help to offer. Express your interest here.

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