Five things to look out for at Norfolk Enterprise Festival 2019

10th June 2019

With just over a month to go until the Norfolk Enterprise Festival, tickets are already selling fast. Here we take a look at some of the highlights of this year's festival programme.

The Norfolk Enterprise Festival is a grassroots festival that aims to connect and celebrate Norfolk as a hive of entrepreneurial energy.

Taking place at Hoveton Hall on Saturday, July 13, the festival will showcase the county’s brightest and best enterprise talent and inspire innovators of the future.

Alongside a packed programme of speakers and discussions featuring leading figures from the region’s business community, all centred around the festival of sustainability, the family-friendly event will feature live arts, entertainment and music showcasing the best of Norfolk’s culture, as well as a marketplace showcasing the counties flavours, textures and tastes.

Take a look at some of the highlights below, and you can book your tickets online here.

The angels in their den

The NEF Angels’ Den will form a key focus for the festival. With the support of sponsors Anglia Capital Group, Mills & Reeve and Grant Thornton, it will see three budding entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to an experienced panel with the chance to win £10,000 worth of business support.

Anglia Capital Group’s business manager Hannah Smith said: “We’re delighted to support the Angels’ Den session at the Norfolk Enterprise Festival. It is great that we, as a region, are beginning to realise the importance of supporting entrepreneurialism for the local economy, and that we have exciting events like this one in order to encourage it.”

Innovate until your heart's content

Hethel Innovation is based at Hethel Engineering Centre

Hethel Innovation provides range of tools and training workshops to help companies innovate to identify new market opportunities and increase your competitiveness as a business.

Its team will be bringing a range of inspiring and informative hands-on STEM and enterprise activities for kids of all ages, as well as guidance for budding entrepreneurs, young and old.

All the business advice you need

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Hub is a one-stop shop for high-quality business advice. Delegates at the festival are able to book one-on-one appointments with the Growth Hub’s expert team. Whether you want to find out more about accessing grants or finance, start up support, international trade support or other specialist help, book a place now to see how they can assist you in taking your business to the next level.

Sessions are free, but must be booked in advance here.

Everything is Awesome

Podcasts are big business these days, and one Norfolk duo who are doing rather well with their show are Emily Groves, founder of Indigo Swan, and Rebecca Lewis-Smith, managing director of Fountain.

The duo host Culture Awesome, a podcast which sees them chat about all the things they’ve found useful as we have built, maintained and improved the company culture in our businesses.

Both are managing directors, mums and friends and say they have a whole lot in common, while also having experienced very different journeys in business and life.

Emily and Rebecca will be recording an episode of Culture Awesome at the festival, where they will be reflecting on the themes of the day.

Get the low-down on the Tech Corridor

Call us biased, but we think the Tech Corridor is pretty interesting. If you’re on this website you probably have a good idea of what we’re all about already, but delegates at the festival will be able to hear from our programme director Linn Clabburn, who will be delivering her take on the festival’s sustainability theme and what it means for businesses.

Linn said: “I’m looking forward to speaking at the festival about why sustainability and purpose should be core pillars of forward-thinking firms. I will be discussing the opportunity around sustainability and how it can enable growth.

“The Norfolk Enterprise Festival is a brilliant event showcasing the very best the region has to offer, and we look forward to meeting everyone who’s going along on July 13.

Book tickets for the festival here.