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Festival of Social Enterprise

The first ever Festival of Social Enterprise was held in Norwich on September 11th. Co-organised by Disability Works CIC and Robert Ashton, the day featured an exhibition of local social enterprises, workshops from local experts, and seminars from top-name speakers such as Michael Norton OBE (Buzzbnk), Cliff Prior (UnLtd), and Nigel Kershaw OBE (Big Issue Invest).

Below is a sound clip from a BBC Radio Norfolk interview with Robert, Steve Blake (Disability Works) and Pat Murch (The White Horse Development Trust), and also
a collection of tweets and photos from the event.

Festival of Social Enterprise exhibition
Exhibition stands inside the Atrium

Robert Ashton at the Festival of Social Enterprise

Robert outside the Festival

Councillor Brenda Arthur opens the Festival of Social Enterprise

Norwich City Council leader Cllr Brenda Arthur opens the Festival

Audience in the Curve
The Curve audience

Robert Ashton
Robert opens the first session

Robert Ashton, Cliff Prior, and Sara Burgess take questions from the audience
Robert takes questions from the audience for Cliff Prior (UnLtd) and Sara Burgess (CIC Regulator)

Olive Quinton, Digby Chacksfield, and Lofty Heights trainees
Olive Quinton (Founder of Lofty Heights/SSE graduate) and Digby Chacksfield (Eastern Enterprise Hub) share their experiences alongside some Lofty Heights trainees

Robert Ashton, Michael Norton, and Nigel Kershaw
Michael Norton OBE (Buzzbnk) and Nigel Kershaw OBE (Big Issue Invest) take questions from the audience

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