View from the bridge

Following the creation of The Cobden Centre by its Chairman, Toby Baxendale, today the organisation is starting to come to the end of its first business plan period and is turn its attention to 2011.

Today, we have successfully brought together an outstanding team including many fabulous writers and thinkers. We have a great web site and blog with lots of regular high quality content and many other features. We have an outstanding events programme.  We have friends across the political spectrum – including growing numbers of supporters in Parliament and elsewhere in Europe and still further afield. Crucially, we are also attracting ever more media attention.

However, this is only the beginning of what is destined to be a long yet exciting journey. Make no mistake, as a dynamic and scholarly organisation in the educative business of expanding the way people think about economics, banking and money – not to mention trade, peace and other key areas – TCC is now well placed to grow and prosper over the years ahead.

It is in this context that next month, in mid-November to be precise, I will be leading the crucial task of building on these early successes with an ongoing and sustained fundraising programme. Having clearly demonstrated just what the organisation can achieve in a relatively short period of time, it is now vital that we build for the long term and in doing so we not only develop a strong membership base, but a diverse network of donors.

In mid-November our online membership page will go live. If however in the meantime you are interested in preemptively making a donation then please email me at If you want to be one of the first people to show your financial support for what we are doing then I look forward to hearing from you.

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