Summit 2021

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Join us for the fourth annual Community Wealth Building Summit, the only UK event dedicated to uniting, informing and inspiring the community wealth building movement.

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in partnership with Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Democracy Collaborative and Power to Change.

This year’s Summit will showcase the power of community wealth building to help us tackle the wicked economic problems we face in the wake of Covid-19 and the ongoing climate crisis. Over the course of a week, the Summit will provide delegates with the opportunity to come together to discuss our most pressing challenges and harness our collective experience of community wealth building to develop practical solutions.


We are now, perhaps more than ever, in a period of deep uncertainty. This year’s Summit will showcase how community wealth building is being used by organisations across the UK to build a fairer economic recovery for people, place and the planet.

This year’s event will present opportunities to hear from thought leaders who are progressing community wealth building policy and from thinkers in other movements, who will challenge us to think big about how we can use community wealth building to pursue economic, social and environmental justice.

The Summit will take place online, over the course of a week, with plenary sessions on Monday and Friday and optional, limited space exploratory workshops in between. The full timetable will be announced in the coming months.

Who it’s for

The CLES Summit is a unique event, bringing together partners from across the social and public sectors to talk about how we can support better services and better lives for people in our communities, inspired by the community wealth building approach.  The Summit is for leaders and officers from local authorities, public health and devolved governments as well as social and community organisations and businesses, who are interested in learning about how to build a new approach to local economic development. Together we will discuss the challenges we are dealing with in the context of the pandemic and climate change, and importantly, the solutions that are emerging from organisations and places that are rising to these challenges.

How to attend

This event is now sold out – contact us to be added to the waiting list for places

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Tickets for this year’s event are £50 (+ booking fee), or £40 (+ booking fee) for voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE).

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