The Faith and Business Summit: Harnessing the Social Capital of our Nation’s Churches (JUL06)

Faith and Business Summit

The NBWN has come together with NatWest Business Banking to present the launch of the Faith and Business Summit in Birmingham.  The Summit brings together business owners, faith leaders and budding entrepreneurs to create new business ventures through the wealth of social capital in our faith organisations.

According to the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit (2015), the contribution given by UK churches and other faith groups that responded was worth £235 million to the economy. Nationally they estimate this puts the value given by churches and other faith groups into their communities through social action projects to over £3 billion a year.

The Faith and Business Summit: Harnessing the Social Capital of our Nation’s Churches will look at the role of the church in business; from social enterprise, fair trade, micro finance to eco-friendly companies, and evaluate its current relevance in contemporary culture.

The aim of the Summit is to: -

  • Showcase best practice across different faith organisations
  • Highlight how churches can capitalise on its untapped assets to create and sustain businesses
  • Encourage areas for multi faith collaboration

In addition, key issues discussed on the day include: -

  • Understanding faith-based organisations contribution to society
  • Starting, growing and supporting more businesses in their communities
  • Encouraging international trade through their networks
  • Developing social action programmes that creates jobs and eradicates poverty

Facilitated by Sonia Brown MBE (NBWN) there will be a keynote speech from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Cohesion as well as presentations from: -

  • John Maude (NatWest Business Banking);
  • Bishop Wilton Powell, Church of God of Prophecy;
  • Minister Joyce Fletcher, National Women’s Ministry Director (COGOP)
  • Jo Thanki, President of the Hindu Council Birmingham
  • Dr Mashuq Ally
  • Alan Rudge, former Leader of Birmingham City Council and Solicitor

The Faith and Business Summit is aimed at those interested in finding out how multi faith groups can be more active in contributing to the national business agenda or those simply looking for strategies to expand their network, business or social enterprise within their organisations.