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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.
Exhibition stands inside the Atrium
Robert outside the Festival
Norwich City Council leader Cllr Brenda Arthur opens the Festival
The Curve audience
Robert opens the first session
Robert takes questions from the audience for Cliff Prior (UnLtd) and Sara Burgess (CIC Regulator)
Olive Quinton (Founder of Lofty Heights/SSE graduate) and Digby Chacksfield (Eastern Enterprise Hub) share their experiences alongside some Lofty Heights trainees
Michael Norton OBE (Buzzbnk) and Nigel Kershaw OBE (Big Issue Invest) take questions from the audience