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Welcome to the home of the ‘barefoot entrepreneur’

 

Robert Ashton helps individuals, organisations and communities achieve greater, positive social impact through achieving economic self-sufficiency.

The Barefoot Entrepreneur

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Welcome to the home of the ‘barefoot entrepreneur’

 

Robert Ashton helps individuals, organisations and communities achieve greater, positive social impact through achieving economic self-sufficiency.

The Barefoot Entrepreneur

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COLMAN'S MUSTARD

I've long been a fan of community owned cooperatives. It's a fair, open and enterprising way that people who feel strongly about something can stop sounding off and do something positive. The story of Colman's mustard leaving Norwich is just such an opportunity.

I believe that with the right people in the team, we can create a new local mustard brand that keeps the history alive, in a contemporary, sustainable way. I don't see Norwich Mustard competing with Colmans, but being a 21st century opportunity to create a new brand that excites, delights and can return modest dividends to those who buy shares.

The idea is not my own, but that of a local politician who for now, wishes to remain anonymous. He, like me, recognises that holding public office can make it hard to leap into something new with  both feet and a loud splash. That needs fools like me; social entrepreneurs with passion, energy and in my case a track record of doing what at first appears impossible.

So here I am on my 1964 Fordson Super Dexta speaking my mind about Norwich Mustard. Can you help make this happen? Let me know robert@robertashton.co.uk


In 1903 Bertrand Russell wrote that: 'All progress depends on the unreasonable man.' Yet we have an education system that measures all young people against the same performance criteria. The tension this creates in young minds is illustrated by the growing incidence of self-harm and other manifestations of poor mental health.
 

People hire Robert to solve what academics call ‘wicked problems’. These are often complicated conundrums where conventional solutions won’t work. Whilst the problem might present as something simple, for example a need to grow income, Robert’s solution will often include introducing things that may not yet be understood, yet alone considered.

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THE BAREFOOT SPEAKER

 

Robert is a respected national commentator on social entrepreneurship. He’s spoken at small business; social enterprise; charity; housing; education and health conferences. 

He usually confronts the challenges facing his audience and has been known to change his speech at the last minute to pick up issues raised by the previous speaker.   

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THE BAREFOOT SPEAKER

 

Robert is a respected national commentator on social entrepreneurship. He’s spoken at small business; social enterprise; charity; housing; education and health conferences. 

He usually confronts the challenges facing his audience and has been known to change his speech at the last minute to pick up issues raised by the previous speaker.   

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Ground breaking & fun training days:  'Sales for Non-Sales People'

 

I’ve put together a one day sales course based on the book. It’s practical, interactive and above all else fun. Personally, I really hate those sessions where someone talks at you for ages. This, as people are finding out, is very different! 

VIST OUR SHOP FOR MORE INFO

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Ground breaking & fun training days:  'Sales for Non-Sales People'

 

I’ve put together a one day sales course based on the book. It’s practical, interactive and above all else fun. Personally, I really hate those sessions where someone talks at you for ages. This, as people are finding out, is very different! 

VIST OUR SHOP FOR MORE INFO

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SIGNED & DELIVERED

 

Robert is a popular author with 19 non-fiction books to his name. People buy Robert’s books because they find them accessible, credible and because they give them the confidence and inspiration to take positive steps towards realising their goals. 

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SIGNED & DELIVERED

 

Robert is a popular author with 19 non-fiction books to his name. People buy Robert’s books because they find them accessible, credible and because they give them the confidence and inspiration to take positive steps towards realising their goals. 

VISIT THE BOOKSHOP

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Robert runs his own ENTERPRISE & business centre

 

Why not incubate your new venture at The Turnpike Business Centre, in rural Norfolk, just 20 minutes from the centre of Norwich. As well as an understanding landlord, Robert can be your mentor too!

NEW! OFFICES TO RENT

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Robert runs his own ENTERPRISE & business centre

 

Why not incubate your new venture at The Turnpike Business Centre, in rural Norfolk, just 20 minutes from the centre of Norwich. As well as an understanding landlord, Robert can be your mentor too!

NEW! OFFICES TO RENT

READ MORE HERE