Start Change to help green shoots of recovery

Published: 4 November 2011 at 14:25

Anglia Ruskin event offers free social and environmental business advice

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Start Change, a new group to help accelerate the development of social and environmental businesses in the UK, will stage its first event at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Thursday, 10 November.

Jointly created by Future Business, Anglia Ruskin University and the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, Start Change’s free one-day event will provide expert training and advice to help transform innovative ideas into meaningful social and environmental businesses.

Roger Mumby-Croft, serial entrepreneur and Professor of Enterprise Development at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“This event – the first of many run by Start Change – will take the participant from idea creation to how to launch a business.

“In just one day Start Change can help any individual with a passion for change develop their idea into a business case and undertake the necessary steps to create a business whilst upholding a strong social or environmental mission.”

Cambridge-based Future Business CEO Martin Clark, author of The Social Entrepreneur Revolution, is keen on developing the social enterprise sector in Cambridge. He said:

“We’re excited to be involved with Start Change and to help place Cambridge at the heart of social and environmental innovation.”

Other experts taking part include Chris Blake, Director of The Green Valleys; Jerry Marshall, Chief Executive of Transformational Business Network; Cathy Bennett, Principal at Vertical Sales; Ben Mumby-Croft, freelance brand consultant; Stuart Thomason, Senior Associate of The Young Foundation; and James Cashmore, Partner at Oxford Business Development.

Sessions will cover concept development, business planning, marketing and financing, whilst focusing on ways to take waste, social impact and transformational change into account when growing a business.

The free event will run from 9am until 5.30pm at Anglia Ruskin’s Mumford Theatre and includes lunch and refreshments. For more information or to register, please email roger.mumby-croft@anglia.ac.uk or visit http://startchange.org.uk