Potential partners and other interested parties were invited by Sequal Solutions BCHA’s social enterprise arm, to find out about their plans for the old Remploy factory in Poole.
Little Pickles Café in Boscombe set the scene for the informal teatime event, bringing together a wealth of expertise and experience in various sectors from across Dorset to discuss ways in which they were able to play a part in the exciting new venture.
Hannah Allen, the head of Sequal Solutions shared her vision for the site and was delighted by the positive response from all those attending. “We want to make something that the whole of community can be proud of and the enthusiasm today was infectious. Everyone here can really make a difference to people’s lives and I’m determined that we think big and would love anyone with ideas to contact us.”
The new social enterprise centre, which opens in the autumn, will create employment and learning opportunities. It will encourage local people to get involved with a diverse variety of initiatives, from a training and skills academy, up-cycling pre-loved furniture and bicycles, to gaining catering qualifications at its onsite café using local home grown produce.
“Bournemouth University is keen to work closely with local charities and businesses. The centre will be an ideal place to provide projects that benefit our students whilst creating a lasting impact in our community – a win, win for all”. Declared Dr Ian Jones, Head of Regional Community Partnerships at Bournemouth University.
Café owner Andrew Spong commented. “We were delighted to be asked to host this event. It shows how Sequal is already thinking outside the box and I’m pleased to say our freshly baked and locally sourced produce was met with universal approval.”