10 Mar 2014
Consultant and social entrepreneur
Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, campaigner and bestselling business author. His 12th book, How to be a Social Entrepreneur,was published by Capstone in October 2010.
He works with grassroots organisations, charities, schools, social enterprises and housing organisations, helping them become more entrepreneurial, and has advised government on the subject of social enterprise.
Locally, Robert is a vice patron of Norfolk Community Foundation, an organisation he helped establish, and chairs Human Library UK CIC, a new organisation that challenges prejudice.
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As his new social enterprise enters new territory, Robert Ashton ponders the issue of how much to pay himself.
Robert Ashton has set up a social business to help young people find employment, but finds the work ethic and enthusiasm of Britain’s teenagers is lacking.
It's all nice of them to offer volunteering opportunities, but charity shops need to be honest about pushing employment out of high streets.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s push into credit union is so entrepreneurial, it is a move worthy of Richard Branson, says Robert Ashton.
Robert Ashton warns that government may be happy to incentivise investors to fund emerging markets, like social impact bonds, for a time, but they can swiftly change their mind.
Robert Ashton shows why it's essential that grantmakers are flexible with organisations trying to help those most at need.