On the 1st of November, Cumbria came together at the historic Millom Palladium to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of local social enterprises and entrepreneurs from across the county. The Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership Conference and Awards showcased a wide array of initiatives that are making a profound impact on the community, recognising those who are striving to create a better and more inclusive society.
Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out event, it was fantastic to see so many people from fantastic organisations from across the County.
Daniel Heery, the Chief Executive of Cybermoor Ltd. and the lead of the consortium responsible for delivering the SPARK program, provided an insightful update on the program’s outputs and its overall success to date. Delegates had the opportunity to engage with keynote speakers, including Gary McKeating, Head of Development and Community at Sellafield Ltd., and Councillor Lisa Brown, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Governance and Thriving Communities at Cumberland Council.
The conference also featured presentations by Cath Howard, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, and Rachel Melton, Social Value Manager at Jacobs, both of whom are integral parts of the Program and Project Partners (PPP).
Lastly, delegates had the privilege of hearing from one of West Cumbria’s prominent social entrepreneurs, Rachel Holliday, the founder and Director of Time to Change. Rachel, who has received valuable support from the SPARK program, provided invaluable insights, inspiration, and motivation to encourage the continued growth and expansion of the social enterprise sector.
The awards ceremony featured 7 categories, each highlighting the excellence of individuals and organisations that are dedicated to driving positive change across the region. With an array of nominations and an inspiring showcase of initiatives, the event proved to be a testament to the strength and resilience of the Cumbrian social enterprise sector.