John Kearns – Chief Executive, Partas

  • Speaker Bio:

    John Kearns is Chief Executive of Partas, a social enterprise with over 60 staff, working to foster entrepreneurship, business training and social economy since 1984. Partas also operates four Enterprise Centres and a micro-loan fund and conducts research on a national and EU level into many areas of social policy, particularly innovation, entrepreneurship and social policy. He has also worked with partners throughout Central and Eastern Europe in developing their social enterprise policies and practices.

    Prior to his current position he was a senior manager in financial services and also started many other businesses. He has held advisory roles at local and national level and is now heading up a new initiative to develop the Tallaght area called the ‘Social + Local Enterprise Alliance’. The first three businesses being developed are in the area of artisan food and drink.

    Presentation Title:

    The role of artisan food & drink in local areas.

    Presentation Synopsis:

    The growth in quality artisan food and drink is creating a new local economic opportunity that creates wealth for all, revives local food systems and helps heal the planet. It is contributing to a greater pride in and sense of place and the appreciation of producing and consuming locally. Artisan food and drink is truly at the vanguard of a new economic impetus that answers the demands of the post-crisis consumer and can well re-generate local communities through the emergence of a genuine local economy.