Trades House Lecture looks at successful social innovation of Glasgow

24 June 2016

Willy Roe CBE

Willy Roe CBE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host the prestigious annual Trades House lecture, delivered by Grameen Scotland Foundation Chairman Willy Roe CBE.

Mr Roe will consider the social innovation successes of Glasgow that have propelled the city forward, from the introduction of housing associations and community businesses to credit unions.

He will also consider the contribution of GCU as the University for the Common Good and outline the work of the micro-lending initiative Grameen in the UK, which offers small loans to new start-ups and existing small businesses not served by financial services.

The Grameen lending system was created by GCU Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Glasgow-based Grameen version, the only one in Europe, has provided more than 360 loans since it began trading in 2014.

Mr Roe is also Chair of the British Council Scotland Advisory Committee, leading the organisation’s work in Scotland on international cultural relations and educational opportunities.

He said: “Glasgow has led the UK in demonstrating how radical social innovation, created from the ground up can be transformational. I am delighted to have the opportunity to tell this story and look to the future, as Glasgow now accelerates onto the international stage.”

The first Trades House Lecture was delivered in 1989 and is held in rotation by GCU, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.

It is run in conjunction with The Trades House of Glasgow, which has been fostering trade and supporting training in industry since its establishment in 1605.

Register your attendance at the Trades House Lecture, which takes place on Monday, July 4, at 6pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building, followed by a drinks reception in the Garden Café.