Want a new podcast about creativity, innovation and social change? The Firestarter Wales podcast is here!

To celebrate the first Firestarter Wales Festival, the Wales Co-operative Centre is broadcasting a series of podcasts highlighting areas of creativity and innovation which are having an impact on social change and transformation in Wales.

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The first podcast, Start something good, examines social entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship often focuses on wealth creation as well as risk taking and innovation. But many entrepreneurs combine social aims with running sustainable and growing businesses. As we enter a new decade, the podcast looks at how we can encourage a new generation of entrepreneurs to put ‘profit for good’ at the heart of their business model.

The second podcast, Maximising social value, explores the changes that public spending can bring to our communities and society, the opportunities for social businesses in the delivery of public services, and the innovative practices taking place across Wales.

The inaugural Fire Starter Wales Festival takes place between 27th January and 14th February 2020. Fire Starter Wales is designed to provide a three-week festival of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and wider society.

Both podcasts have been produced by Business News Wales.

Firestarter Wales Podcast 1: Start something good – the importance of social entrepreneurship

Featuring Dr Anthony Samuel, Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy, Cardiff Business School; Martin Downes, Social Entrepreneurship Officer, Social Business Wales at the Wales Co-operative Centre; Kelly Davies, award winning Social Entrepreneur; founder of Vi-Ability and co-founder of The Good Wash Company; hosted by Catherine Evans, Policy and Communications Manager at the Wales Co-operative Centre

Firestarter Wales Podcast 2: Maximising social value from public sector procurement

Featuring Rhian Edwards, Commercial Director, Wales Co-operative Centre; Michelle Reid, Chief Executive, Merthyr Valleys Homes; Louise Watkins, Transport for Wales; Beverley Downes, Marketing & Communications Director, Development Bank Wales; hosted by Catherine Evans, Policy and Communications Manager at the Wales Co-operative Centre

Interested in starting your own social enterprise?

Find out how Social Business Wales can help you.

Is your organisation keen to increase its social value?

Social Business Connect works with the public and private sectors to develop their supply chains in order to trade with the social business sector. Find out more.