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Theme: Sustainability: Human | Environment | Business

At this year’s NEF we’ll be addressing sustainability rby showcasing Norfolk’s stunning leadership in the growing field of “Green Growth and the Green Economy” exploring 3 vital areas:



How Norfolk can lead the world in low-impact sustainable farming...?


How Norfolk is pioneering world class renewable energy and green tech innovations...?


How can we sustain ourselves as a workforce? What will the future workforce look like?




NEF Angels’ 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, the NEF Angels’ Den invites three budding entrepreneurs to pitch their idea to a panel of investment Angels’ with the chance to win £10,000 worth of business support

A Vision for SME’s in Norfolk
The programme will include the presentation of an exciting new vision for SME’s in Norfolk which gives our entrepreneurial community a voice to challenge key decision makers in the SME sector.

Hethel Innovation
Inspiring and informative hands-on STEM and enterprise activities for kids of all ages, as well as guidance for budding entrepreneurs (young and old).

Bright Sparks’ Ideas Pitch
Local FE/HE students are inviting to pitch their scratch idea to a supportive environment to hand- picked advocates.


We are inviting local makers and producers to come forward and showcase flavours, textures and tastes of Norfolk whilst providing an authentically local shopping experience to our attendees.

Podcast recording - Culture Awesome
Rebecca Lewis Smith (Fountain Partnership) & Emily Groves (Indigo Swan) will be recording for their Culture Awesome podcast reflecting on themes evolving from the festival day.

One-one business advice sessions
The New Anglia Growth Hub are offering free one-one business advice sessions. Pre book here

Courtyard Party
Come to the courtyard in the evening for a more intimate gathering with food, drink and networking.

Walkshops & Physical Sessions
There will be coaching and skills ‘walkshops’ which will utilize Hoveton grounds as a beautiful backdrop for creative discussion, business development, strategy etc. Energizing Qi Kong sessions throughout the day in the field.