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24 April 2018

One of the region's biggest businesses fairs with over 100 businesses exhibiting their goods and services in the awe inspiring surroundings of Ely Cathedral. Join us for workshops, networking, a glass of wine and lively conversation with Louise Nicholls, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging at Marks & Spencer and Lord Bird MBE, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Big Issue.

Entry to all events is free! We will be encouraging donations to our designated charity the Ely Foodbank.


9:30am Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Grow Your Business this workshop will encourage businesses to consider growth and more importantly having the right people and skills to enable growth.Grow Your Business is designed to encourage businesses to think about business growth, develop their employees and consider the skills required to attract and employ people for the longer term. There will be a focus on People, from apprenticeships up the chain through to mentors. We'll also hear the successful stories of local businesses and take part in a fun, interactive and thought-provoking workshop to help support your organisation's growth ambitions. There will be time to network over light refreshments.

Please register in advance via Eventbrite as places are limited

2pm Business Exhibition, Promotion and Networking

5.30pm Invitation to Evensong sung by Ely Cathedral Choir

6.30pm Celebration of Business Wine and Canapé Receptionfollowed by Keynote Addresses and Q&A

Tough Times : Good Business

Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability, and Food Packaging at M&S

Louise Nicholls has worked for Marks and Spencer for over 20 years, and has been leading the retailer's ethical trade programme for over a decade. She formed part of the small team that developed the company's ground-breaking Plan A, a 100-point, five-year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. Louise was also instrumental in setting up the supplier data exchange initiative, Sedex. Much of her time is spent travelling the world to meet and interact with M&S' global supply base, as well as speaking at global business responsibility and sustainability summits.

Founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Big Issue

Born into poverty, John Bird's life has included spells as a thief, young offender, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world's most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change. At a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is preoccupying business leaders and consumers alike, John Bird offers an authoritative, fresh approach, and some original perspectives on the interaction of business and society. Bird was nominated for a life peerage in October 2015 and sits as a cross bench peer.

A special feature of ECBG is that we have committed ourselves to providing all that we do free of charge to all participants. Supported by generous sponsorship from local people and organisations, this important element of our ethos ensures that cost is no barrier to participation and hence encourages representation from all sectors and from individuals as well as corporations.