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adrian ashton
Works at self-employed
Attended Anglia Ruskin University
Lives in Todmorden, UK
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some truths about the freelance digital nomad lifestyle that many don't seem to want to admit to?
As some of you may recall, along with thousands of others over the last Christmas period my family and I were hit by flooding. We had to move out of our home while it (and my 'home office') were restored. 5 months on and ...
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WARNING: if you're a social media manager or consultant, you should probably stop reading now. For the rest of you (and those brave enough to remain!), here's why I personally think that the industry around analytics of o...
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#notyourtypicalconsultant  strikes again!
I often find myself working with the Boards of various social enterprises, charities, and other types of businesses as part of wider packages of support - my time with them is usually spent helping them reflect on how well th...
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the impact of the floods that no-one talks about, but which are more devastating than the initial waters...
We're fast approaching 2 months since Todmorden and the rest of the Calder Valley got hard hit by the floods that washed out last year's Christmas. It's a good time to pause and reflect on not just how far we've come in o...
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Great to have been part of #MicroBizMattersDay last week, sharing stories of how business in #todmorden and the #caldervalley have been affected by flooding, and how #microbiz are supporting the recovery of each others' livelihoods;
The day was recorded to watch again, (although sadly the recording starts with the hosts saying goodbye to me as they weren't able to capture the day from the very start... but there's still lots of good stuff nontheless!) 
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#YouRock  Adrian - thanks for your awesome support #PowerOfPlenty  :-) 
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Could these be the ultimate Christmas #venndiagram?

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should everyone's tax returns be in the public domain?
There’s been a lot of apparent media interest around how much tax big firms pay, and then, in the wake of the ‘Panama Papers’, how much tax our politicians pay. And I don’t think it’s because as a nation we’re obsessed with a...
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can we be too open and transparent for our own good?
In recent news, there's been a furore of activity over leaked papers about tax havens and money laundering by an international finance firm on behalf of the rich and famous, (allegedly). This comes on the back of various ca...
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Very chuffed to be named as one of the top 50 consultants in the world! http://bit.ly/1TKPfOe 
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thanks +Angela Porter - I know my mum is at least ;-)
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recovering from flooding isn't just a case of 'mopping out' - it can be months before homes and livelihoods are able to be restored...
Along with thousands of others across the North of England at Christmas last year, my home was 'washed out' by the worst floods on record - and I suspect that a significant proportion of my fellow flood victims will, like me,...
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Like so many other people who are self-employed, freelancers, and micro business across the North of England, I and my family in Todmorden have suffered flooding after the worst rainfall and storms on record.

While others are reinstating and making safe road, rail, and utilities, I and countless others like me, now begin striving to restore our homes and livelihoods over the coming months...

Hopes, prayers, and thoughts with us all...
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all the best, must be very challenging :(
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christmas cards are a chance to give to charity AND strengthen relationships with clients and partners AND cultivate an attitude of gratefulness - so why don't more people do it?
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advice & training to social enterprise, charities, and traditional businesses
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  • self-employed
    advice & training to social enterprise, charities, and traditional businesses, 2005 - present
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Todmorden, UK
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Cambridge, UK
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insight, development and encouragement
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After  reading  business  in  Cambridge,  I  worked  with  one  of  the  top 100  PR  consultancies  in  the  UK  before  taking  on  various management  roles  within  a  wide  variety  of  social  enterprises, community  organisations and more ‘traditional’ enterprise support bodies.

These  experiences  enabled  me  to  ‘turn around’  an  ailing  specialist social  enterprise  support  agency  into  a  nationally  recognised  body and  gained  me  recognition  as  an  authority  on  social  enterprises  from  local,  regional  and  national  organisations including the DTI and Bank of England. 

 

I  have  used  this position,  along  with  my  knowledge  of  the  changing  environment  and  policy  context  in  which  social  enterprises  operate,  to  deliver support  to  local  groups  and  national  projects  to  high  acclaim. This appreciation has been not only from the direct individuals and communities my work has impacted upon, but others, including support agencies and international governments. It has also led to my being invited to be an occasional writer for national and regional publications.

 
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  • Anglia Ruskin University
    Business, 1992 - 1997
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