Chance to be part of enterprise fair

Corby, Stuart Road Community Centre, food co-operative being set up ' taking part in a social enterprise event at The Corby. L-r Jay Taylor (Northamptonshire Enterprise Coaching), Josie Connolly (volunteer) and Lynn Patel (volunteer co-ordinator)'Friday 20th January, 2012
Corby, Stuart Road Community Centre, food co-operative being set up ' taking part in a social enterprise event at The Corby. L-r Jay Taylor (Northamptonshire Enterprise Coaching), Josie Connolly (volunteer) and Lynn Patel (volunteer co-ordinator)'Friday 20th January, 2012

A big celebration of community projects is to take place in Corby – and everyone is invited to come along and see how you could be part of it.

The Corby Community Enterprise Fair is being held to showcase the work of community projects and encourage more people to get involved.

Organised by Corby-based Enterprise Coaching, it takes place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday at the Corby Cube, where there will be live entertainment, workshops and free food for visitors.

People attending are being encouraged to take part in the two workshops, the first of which offers an introduction to social enterprises and the second a guide to considering the essentials for a successful social enterprise.

Jay Taylor, social entrepreneur in residence, said: “We work with community groups and social enterprises right through to trading.

“The day is to provide information on social enterprises and how they work.

“It is a great way to fund yourself and a great way to make money for your community.”

One of the enterprises which will be represented is Stuart Road Community Centre.

Elizabeth Adongo works at the centre for a food co-operative selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

She said: “We need to balance social needs and it needs to make economic sense. It is a good way to give us the freedom to do what we want, but we’re also learning a lot of skills about running a good business. It is empowering. Not only are we promoting our services but we are championing co-operatives.”

Josie Connolly, who also works on the project, said: “It is a good platform to launch a food co-operative and with the help of Enterprise Coaching we have been able to structure it around that.”

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Anyone interested in the workshops can contact Mr Taylor on 07713 087950.