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adrian ashton
Works at self-employed
Attended Anglia Ruskin University
Lives in Todmorden, UK
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We’ve all had the same offer from people – “it’d be great to chat some more, let me know the next time you’re in town...” But how often do we actually follow up on those invitations? And how many contacts do we have on Linked...
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Great to have been able to be at the launch of a new peer mentoring programme for businesses in Todmorden and along the Calder Valley who are still recovering from flooding http://ucvr.org.uk/b2bmentoring/ 
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an inconvenient truth about the #buylocal   #shoplocal  campaigns..?
'buy local' and the Totally Locally campaign is based on a very compelling and emotive idea – if we value our local shops, facilities (and therefore our local economy in which these things exist and operate), then we should s...
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ever wondered what your super-powers are?
3 years ago, I decided to try an experiment. As part of my overall approach to my personal CPD, I asked a selection of contacts what they thought my superpower was. Not because I wanted to be Batman (well, OK, I do - but who ...
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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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could male strippers teach us more about social enterprise than an MBA course?
I currently have the fortune to be supporting a group of South Korean social entrepreneurs who are studying for MBAs – as part of their international syllabus, they’re spending a week with Sheffield University (apparently She...
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how easy is it to be (or remain) 'responsible' when you're professionally and personally hit by crises?
Despite what some people may protest, it’s actually quite easy to be a ‘responsible business’ – thinking about options for energy use, how to respond to the ongoing requests for sponsorship for local charities, and such like…...
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my latest 'rattling of the cage' of #socent  based on looking at latest research survey...
So - as some of you know, I can be a bit of an anorak when it comes to sector governance, and statistics. Not just because my brain seems to enjoy doing it, but because I think that sometimes it's hard for us to get a proper ...
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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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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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