Hundreds to gather for three day post COVID Regenerate Devon Summit


Visionaries from across the county are to come together virtually for the biggest regeneration project for Devon since World War II.

Experts and leaders from organisations will be discussing the future of the economy at the Regenerate Devon Summit being held online from Tuesday, July 7th to Thursday, July 9th.

Internationally renowned economist Kate Raworth will be joined by leading experts in their field from across Devon to focus on how business can help rebuild in a way that is socially resilient.

The Regenerate Devon Summit had already planned to look at tackling the climate crisis, but COVID-19 has added a new dimension with the hashtag #buildbackbetter.

More than two hundred people from social enterprises, statutory bodies, community groups, academics and business owners have already signed up for the event organised by three social enterprise networks, PSEN (Plymouth), Essence (Exeter) and Local Spark (Torbay).

Annette Dhami, from PSEN, said: “There is so much innovation and inspiring practice in Devon, but as we’re such a rural area, we don’t always get the chance to share practice and work together across the county. We’re talking about the whole county’s economy and how we can rebuild it in a better way; it affects everyone, so it’s important that everyone has a voice.”

Over the course of the three days, the event will cover what our economy could look like and examples of exemplary business practice with tips to embed this into existing practices. It will also bring organisations together to network and take action to rebuild the Devon economy in a socially and ecologically resilient way.

The final day features internationally renowned economist Kate Raworth, whose ‘doughnut’ model places the emphasis on allowing us to thrive while staying in balance with the planet – a model recently adopted in Amsterdam.

“Many of the examples of practice that will be shared are from social enterprises because these are businesses that are adaptive and innovative, and are focused on making their communities and environment better – qualities that we’ll need in all businesses and organisations as the economy recovers,” added Annette.

The event is open to anyone with tickets available free of cost; places at each session can be reserved at

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