Chance to be a dragon at event

Bootstrap's first event was a success and they are hoping their next one will be as popular.
Bootstrap's first event was a success and they are hoping their next one will be as popular.

People are invited to the Calder Valley’s first celebration of the ‘solidarity economy’ next week.

Entrepreneurs will gather at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on May 5 for Bootstrap, a new event designed to enable charities, businesses and individuals to support each other.

The event will see representatives from local projects with a social or environmental purpose pitch to the public.

The community will then offer support to their favourite enterprises, which could mean anything from help with book keeping or cleaning to promises of land or money.

Bootstrap co-founder, Mark Simmonds, said: “It will be lively, fun and packed with inspiring ideas. The community gets to ask the pitchers questions and pledge support. We want people to come along, see what’s going on and get involved.

“This event is for everyone. The solidarity economy is a vision for a just, sustainable economy where people matter. It’s an idea that’s gaining momentum internationally.”

The day comprises of two parts. The afternoon session, from 1pm until 5pm, will be a celebration of existing socially and environmentally responsible business. There will be a chance to talk to businesses about what they are doing and an exploration of the ‘solidarity economy” concept.

The evening session, from 6.30pm, will see five local social enterprises take to the stage to share their plans. The audience, who will act as a Dragon’s Den style crowd, will then pledge to support their development in a variety of interesting ways.

Bootstrap has lined up five community-based enterprises to pitch, covering waste diversion, community housing, occupational therapy and heritage crafts and social care.

Tickets for both sessions are available, £10 per session, at