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Lessons from Local Delivery - Social Enterprises Delivering AONB Projects

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by Dave Dixon and Tim Crabtree

Non-Exchequer Funding Research Outcomes and Next Steps Workshop - held in Birmingham - 28th March 2012

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Lessons from Local Delivery - Social Enterprises Delivering AONB Projects

  1. 1. LESSONS FROM LOCAL DELIVERY -SOCIAL ENTERPRISES DELIVERING AONB PROJECTS Birmingham 28 Mar 2012
  2. 2. OPENING A DOOR:Social Enterprises - examples from ProtectedLandscapes - Arnside & Silverdale/ Tamar Valley /Brecon NPA Green Valleys,Social Enterprise as a vehicle for RDPE/HLF Legacy -1SW Adventure Cycling ProjectCan Social Enterprises help us grow collaborativeworking or sell AONB services?
  3. 3. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IS:SEE TIM CRABTREES PRESENTATION!!
  4. 4. ARNSIDE & SILVERDALE:The AONB Executive supported the establishment of a Community InterestCompany to work alongside the existing AONB Service and the AONB LandscapeTrust.The Company is directed by the Community Interest Statement, compliance with theannual Company reporting regulations and a required statement of compliance to theCIC Regulator.The "community interest test" includes: Carrying out environmental, landscape andhabitat conservation and enhancement Facilitating community involvement andunderstanding of the environment - Providing education and training in countrysidemanagement & sustainable development - Producing, managing and marketingsustainable local products andPromoting renewable energy programmes and energy conservation initiatives.
  5. 5. OTHER EXAMPLES:Brecon Beacons Green Valleys CIC - working topromote renewable energy by cross financing microhydro and wood fuel generated from communitymanaged woodland,Tamar Valley Trust mechanism beginning to generateincome from assets and a range of associatedenterprises.
  6. 6. CIC AS RDPE LEGACY:1SW is a £4.6m RDPE Funded Off Road Cycling Initiative covering the 6 counties inthe south west.Protected Landscapes are partners and sit on the Executive Board that has agreed toset up a CIC as the legacy vehicle for the future management of the 6 cycling “hubs”,the Adventure Cycling Web Map and the ongoing development of a “warmer”welcome for cyclists in our protected landscapes.Critically the CIC is emerging with 18 months of RDPE funding left and will look togenerate income by selling skills and services realted to cycling inside and outsideprotected landscapes.
  7. 7. SO?Understanding the opportunity to unhook AONBdelivery from 3 year cycles of grant funding,Understanding how through social enterprises AONBdelivery can tap into local skills, energies andcommitments,Understanding how AONBs can best work with socialenterprises both individually and collectively.

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