Jonathan Evens has written a more detailed blog about the fab celebration which you can read here.
We were very uplifted by the support, enthusiasm and expertise in the room. It was great to be joined by Myra Whiskar who was the first coordinator (and built the solid foundations) and of course by the Mayor, Mayoress and the Bishops. 60 people was a great turn-out with many apologies from people that just could not make it.
Big thanks to Manzoor Ahmed of the Fusion Foods start-up for the delicious veggie buffet. Big respect to Olive Hamilton Andrews who gave an excellent presentation of her start-up (Hamiland Ltd) and a testimonial to the support we have given her. Big cheers to the 20 start- ups who networked valiantly and hopefully will have found customers. Thanks for the delicious tasters from Homaid (Lynette’s chutneys and Caribbean sauces) and Chilliand (Surjit’s chilli jams). Big thanks to volunteers Jenny, Stephanie and Jonathan S who put in countless hours to organise the event. And of course, thank you so much to all those that came for being willing to engage and Join in the activities that brought such tremendous energy and positivity.
So what are the benefits of businesses being engaged with the community? See the flip for the combined response from 4 tables.
What is it like being part of a community event like this? A one minute joint response: Be inspired – inspire others tomorrow …so many people – so many talents!… it makes us realise there is a community of people who want to be involved in the larger community… wisdom of the crowd & power of the people… energy… empowerment… incredible network opportunities… creativity
To see this list of the start-ups we have had the pleasure of working with over the year, click here.
A very big thank-you for all the volunteer support received over the last year – we could never have got to this place with out you – please take a look here to see the names.