UCLan to host free Preston Model symposium

Posted on - 26th October, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, UCLan, What's On in Preston
On the Preston campus near UCLan's new engineering building Pic: Tony Worrall
On the Preston campus near UCLan’s new engineering building Pic: Tony Worrall

UCLan is next month welcoming a Spanish worker federation for a free symposium covering the Preston Model.


On 3 November, from 10am to 1pm, UCLan will bring together experts from Mondragon Corporation in co-operative consultancy, management, social innovation, education, and banking.

The Preston Model is a term used to describe how Preston City Council, its anchor institutions and partners implement the principles of community wealth building within Preston and Lancashire.

In 2018, UCLan hosted a symposium with experts from Mondragon and the United States, feeding knowledge and experience into the development of the Preston Model. Since then, much has happened.

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This event is hosted by the Faculty of Allied Health and Well-being, The School of Social Work, Care and Community and the Centre for Citizenship and Community.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Iñigo Albizuri, Global Head of Public Affairs, MONDRAGON Corporation
  • Marta Boixados, Consultant at LKS Cooperative, the Management Consulting Division of Mondragon Corporation
  • Aitor Lizartza: Doctor in Business Management at Mondragon University, Co-founder of Mondragon Team Academy entrepreneurship unit in Mondragon University and designer of the degree in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation
  • Oscar Muguerza: Head of Business Banking at Laboral Kutxa, the co-operative bank of Mondragon. Expert and mentor for the social value initiative of Laboral Kutxa, ‘Gaztenpresa’.
  • Ibon Zugasti: International Project Manager at LKS Cooperative, the Management Consulting Division of Mondragon Corporation.

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Ibon and Marta have consulted with the Bronx Innovation Factory and the Preston Cooperative Eco-design System Project Committee.

The programme will run as follows:

  • 10.00 – 10.10: Introduction by Robin Richardson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing
  • 10.10 – 10.40: Ibon Zugasti and Marta Boixados: ‘Designing a co-operative ecosystem design for Preston’
  • 10.40 – 11.10: Iñigo Albizuri: ‘Mondragon as a co-operative social innovation ecosystem’
  • 11.10 – 11.30: Q and A with the audience
  • 11. 30 – 11.40: Break
  • 11.40 – 12.10: Oscar Muguerza: ‘Gaztenpresa, banking and social value’
  • 12.10 – 12.40: Aitor Lizartza: ‘LEINN Programme/platform co-operatives, combining education and start-up businesses’
  • 12.40 – 13.00: Q and A with the audience and close

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UCLan is also streaming the event online for those who cannot attend in person.

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