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Enterprising Approaches

A Torbay Culture Forum Event in partnership with RIO

Date: Monday 10th July 2017 Registration: 8:45am – 9:15am

Session time: 9.15am – 2.00pm including lunch followed by the opportunity for one-to-one and small group surgeries into the afternoon

At: Cockington Court, Torquay


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Join us for an immersive Torbay Culture Forum event with a focus on enterprising approaches to explore how organisations and individuals in Torbay can be supported to develop a more entrepreneurial approach to achieving their goals.

Arts and culture organisations, practitioners, community leaders, volunteers and school stakeholders are invited to come and participate in focused discussion, share your knowledge, and benefit from specialist expertise.

We’ve taken feedback from past forum events into account and will be running four themed workshops, of which you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to two.  Workshop themes respond to questions that have arisen throughout the Culture Forum programme, such us: How might Torbay fund its own arts hub?  What will help us re-open and sustain cultural buildings?  Could we do more to become ‘commission ready’?  How can we get more commercially savvy to support the sustainability of our organisation?

These reflective workshops will be led by the award winning social enterprise RIO, an organisation whose purpose is to deliver real and lasting change through social enterprise, improving people’s communities, lives and developing their individual potential.  RIO facilitators will introduce live examples of the innovative projects they’re supporting in the region, sharing their knowledge and inviting everyone round the table to input theirs.


Workshop 1: Making Spaces Work To explore a commercial approach to breathing new life into redundant buildings and spaces.

Workshop 2: Grant funding as seed funding To explore approaching grant funding as start-up funding, not the end goal.

Workshop 3:  New and innovative commissioning To explore opportunities for delivery of cultural collaborations with schools and other sectors.

Workshop 4: New models of governance To explore trading and business models for greater sustainability of arts and cultural organisations.

A networking lunch will be followed by an opportunity to sign up to one-to-one and small group surgeries with RIO facilitators into the afternoon.  Sign up sheets will be available during lunch.


RIO Facilitators

Claire Honey (Contract Manager) Claire has worked with RIO for over 4 years and has previously worked in the arts sector in roles which included fundraising, commercial management and project management.

Claire fully understands the workings of social enterprise, having helped set up a community interest company and worked with charities. She is passionate about unleashing the social entrepreneur, project manager and fundraiser in all of us, and thinks that young people have all the best ideas.

Ed Whitelaw (Head of Enterprise & Regeneration) Amongst a number of key responsibilities, Ed’s role holds a particular focus on breathing new life into historic buildings and spaces through RIO’s large capital regeneration projects.

Previous appointments include Development Manager for the Creative Partnerships South West and Development Officer for Community Music Wales.He is also currently Chair and an active Fellow in the RSA South West, where he represents the international fellowship as a Fellowship Councillor at Large. Ed has also undertaken a range of freelance roles in the community and educational sector and a variety of business ventures with the music industry.

Jon Rolls (Commercial Director) Jon joined RIO as Commercial Director having spent the last 2 years driving forward the social enterprise scene in Cornwall. He was instrumental in helping Cornwall achieve Social Enterprise Zone status and coordinated the development and launch of an innovative social enterprise support programme, The Engine Room. Jon is currently involved on the Board of the Par Bay Big Local group, has held previous trusteeships with the Voluntary Sector Forum and a number of local organisations and is strategically connected across Cornwall and nationally. He has also run his own online business for the last 5 years. 

Jonathan Clitheroe (Head of Challenge Based Learning) Jonathan has worked in the education sector for the last 10 years as a teacher, creative agent, project manager, consultant, and social entrepreneur. He specialises in applying social enterprise principles that transform teaching and learning as well as how schools are run and managed. As Head of Challenge Based Learning, Jonathan is responsible for the continued success of RIO’s Schools’ Service, drawing on his wide experience working with young people, communities, school leaders, businesses and the third sector.


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This Torbay Culture Forum Event is being delivered in partnership by Torbay Culture Board and RIO, supported with public funding from Arts Council England and Power to Change

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