Our Mission

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We want to bring together the Norfolk business community, along with their families, to network, share and enhance each other in a relaxed, creative and innovative festival atmosphere.

We are one of the UK’s only Enterprise Festivals, and believe that with a few small interventions we could unlock the real potential of this community and drive significant local prosperity.

The Norfolk Enterprise Festival has been organised by a group of local entrepreneurs, for local entrepreneurs. The idea for the Norfolk Enterprise Festival was developed by George Freeman MP and Mark Lapping, along with a group of other founding members from the Norfolk business community, to find a creative and fun way to showcase Norfolk as a powerhouse of entrepreneurial activity and demonstrate the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit the county has to offer. The festival provides the opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from one another, provide business support, and advice to take that next step.

 
 
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Why should you come?

Learn about the business support available to you

Connect and network with Angel investors who can provide £££ in start up finance

Experience and engage with Norfolk’s fantastic creative industry via the family experiences such as Forest Schools, drama and creative arts workshops

Feast on the county’s best food and refresh with its finest drinks

Create a platform to enable the business community to come together, speak with one voice and learn from each other

Be inspired by talks from business leaders

Participate in interactive workshops & hear from curated expert panels

Learn through a one-one business advice session (pre-book here)

.....and much, much more!

 

Founders

 
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George Freeman

George Freeman was elected to Parliament for Mid Norfolk in May 2010 after a 15 year career in bioscience venture capital.

Before entering Government he was PPS to the Minister for Climate Change in DECC, Chair of the All Party Group for Agricultural Science and Technology and appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences where he co-ordinated the UK’s Life Science and AgriTech Industrial Strategies. In July 2014, he was appointed as the first ever UK Minister for Life Sciences by David Cameron. In charge of the £15bn NHS drugs budget, digital health and data, genomics, industry engagement, NHS R&D and the Life Sciences and Agri-Tech Industrial Strategies.

George is currently Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum and founder of both the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs, and the Big Tent Ideas Festival, which aims to renew the grassroots of mainstream politics.

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MARK LAPPING

Mark is an experienced CEO with a successful record of leading manufacturing and service businesses, with extensive experience in the packaging industry.

Mark is currently CEO of Aquapak Polymers, a UK based polymer start-up at the vanguard of the new plastics revolution, promoting a sustainable future for plastics based on a non-toxic, biodegrade, water soluble plastic called Hydropol. Prior to joining Aquapak, Mark was President of Coveris UK, as well as having earlier leadership roles at Paragon Print & Packaging, and Mondi Group. Before entering the business world, Mark served in the Army and was at Newcastle University.

Mark lives in Norfolk with his wife Jess and their two children. They have both been involved in a variety of Norfolk start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures, including