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Can capitalism have a heart in an age of austerity?

06/13/2012 00:00:00

Business heavyweights and thinkers from Lancashire are set to debate the future of ‘compassionate capitalism’ in an era of budget cuts.

Honorary graduate Edwin Booth, who is Chairman of Booths and Chair of Business on the Community's North West Advisory Board, will be joining an award winning Preston-based social entrepreneur, an historian and a political economist in a public debate about compassionate capitalism Tuesday, June 26, 3.30pm at Lancaster University’s Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

Professor Chris May, who has organised the event, said: “I’m sure that most people would agree in the current economic climate it is both timely and necessary to consider whether a more compassionate capitalism is possible.”

The event ‘Compassionate Capitalism in an Age of Austerity -can social responsibility be a strategy against recession?’ celebrates the first year of the University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre and is open to all.

The panel will include:

•   Edwin Booth, chairman of Booths and Chair of Business in the Community's North West Advisory Board.

•   Steve Jackson, founder of Preston based Recycling Lives - a Queen’s Award-winning commercial recycler with over forty years experience in the recycling and waste management industry. Their commercial services help to support a social welfare charity, which helps vulnerable people to work their way back to independent living.

•  Dr James Taylor, Lancaster University Historian of Victorian Business.

•   Professor Chris May, Associate Dean for Enterprise in Lancaster’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

To book a place and get more information contact FASS Enterprise Officer Joe Buglass: