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RSN Rural Conference 2018

Tuesday 4th of September 2018
11:30 Arrival & Registration
11:50
Welcome & Introduction

Councillor Motley (Chair, Rural Services Network)
- Graham Biggs (Chief Executive, Rural Services Network)

A Welcome from the Post Office (The Conference Principal Sponsor)

- Debbie Smith - (Chief Executive, Retail, (Post Office)

12:10
Panel Discussion - "Innovation in Context"
- Caroline Masundire (Associate Director, Rocket Science)
- Kate Faulkes (Head of Stronger Communities, Barnsley Council)
- Professor Anne Green (Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham)
- Richard Quallington (CEO, Acre)
13:10 Lunch
14:00
John Knight (C.Co)
Alternative Delivery Models in Rural Areas
14:30
Paul Curtis (Vectos)
Connecting Rural Communities Through Smart Transport and Mobility (SMARTA project)
14:45
Workshop 1
(Allocated to either:)
   - Plunkett Foundation (Chris Cowcher)  “Setting up a Community Business”
   - Rural Business Awards (Anna Price) “How enterprise can support rural communities”
15:20
Workshop 2
(Allocated to either:)
   - Plunkett Foundation (Chris Cowcher) "Setting up a Community Business"
   - Rural Business Awards (Anna Price) "How enterprise can support rural communities”
15:55
Facilitated discussion
Includes a  plenary session about points learned from the day and what is hoped to be covered in day 2.
16:20 Summing up key points from the first day
18:30
Evening Drinks Reception

Held in the In The Orangery at the Queens Hotel Cheltenham - MGallery by Sofitel, The Promenade, Cheltenham

Wednesday 5th September
09:30 Arrival & Registration
09:50
Welcome & Introduction

- Councillor Motley (Chair, Rural Services Network)
- Graham Biggs (Chief Executive, Rural Services Network)

10:00
Tony Travers (LSE)
- Local Government Futures and Innovation
11:00
Simon Donegan (Amazon)
- Unlocking the Digital Potential of Rural Business across the UK
11:15
Prof. John Shepherd (Birkbeck, University of London)
- Economic Challenges Facing Rural Towns
11:30 Tea & Coffee
11:45
Workshop 3
(A choice of:)
   - Pixel Finance (Dan Bates) - "Fairer Funding and Rural Areas"
   - St Edmundsbury Borough Council (Cllr Carol Bull) & West Suffolk Councils (Ben Smith) - "District mergers: Creating a single council for West Suffolk"
   - South Western Housing Society (Donna Johnson, Chief Executive) - "Innovation through collaboration"
12:20
Workshop 4
(A choice of:)
   - Pixel Finance (Dan Bates) - "Fairer Funding and Rural Areas"
   - St Edmundsbury Borough Council (Cllr Carol Bull) & West Suffolk Councils (Ben Smith) - "District mergers: Creating a single council for West Suffolk"
   - South Western Housing Society (Donna Johnson, Chief Executive) - "Innovation through collaboration"
12:55 Lunch
13:50
Martin Collett (English Rural HA)
- Housing Innovation
14:30
Sian Lockwood (Community Catalysts)
- Adult Social Care Innovation
15:00
Kate Clifford (Rural Community Network Northern Ireland)
- Learning from the Rural Needs Act
15:30 Summing up of Conference and Key Themes
15:50 Conference close

Members Price:
£200

Non Members Price:
£250

Cancellation Policy - Delegate refunds (minus an admin fee charge of £50) will be given up to and including August 23rd 2018. No refunds will be given after this date.

If you have any queries regarding the conference please contact us at events@sparse.gov.uk or by calling us on 01822 851370

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