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Tim Crabtree: Local Initiatives to Build a New Economy


Tim Crabtree talks about the many local, community-based projects he is involved with (e.g. Local Food Links, Bridport Development Trust, Bridport Renewable Energy Group CIC and Wessex Reinvestment Trust) which are building the foundations for a new economy.

Tim Crabtree has been actively involved in the development of Community Enterprise and Co-operative Economic Systems since the 1980’s, when he was one of the first co-ordinators of the New Economics Foundation. He is an experienced social enterprise advisor, working with a range of initiatives such as development trusts, city farms, arts organisations and community nurseries. He developed and worked for one of the south west’s leading social enterprises – Wessex Reinvestment Trust group, which is a community development financial institution. The Wessex group has pioneered the development of new financial mechanisms including community share issues – Wessex Community Assets has registered 39 organisations as industrial and provident societies using specially developed rules, and assisted 19 of them to raise £3.2 million in aggregate. Another Wessex company provides home improvement loans in partnership with 19 local authorities and has over £3 million out on loan. Tim was also the founder of Local Food Links Ltd, one of the UK’s most prominent community food enterprises. With Local Food Links, Tim set up Dorset’s first Farmers’ Markets, the UK’s first Local Food Centre, and an ethical catering enterprise serving meals to children at 23 schools. Recently, Tim has also been involved in the development of Bridport Renewable Energy Group CIC and Bridport Energy Services Ltd, an industrial and provident society. He is also a founder director of Bridport Area Development Trust, which is involved in two asset transfer projects.