Stephen Fear, better known as ‘The Phone Box Millionaire’, is set to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs at the first national conference to be organised by Fuse CIC, a Shropshire based social enterprise development company.
Fear, who started his business empire from a phone box on a council estate in Bristol and is now a multi-millionaire, will keynote the Fuse conference, alongside some of the sectors’ leading thinkers. They will share their thoughts, insights and expertise on how social housing providers and social enterprises can come together to address some of the challenges they and their tenants face.
Jean Jarvis MBE, Managing Director of Shropshire-based Fuse, said she is delighted to be hosting a national conference. “Social enterprise is a huge passion of mine. At FUSE we have done a lot of work with the Wrekin Housing Trust and I want other housing organisations and social enterprises from across the UK to realise what a positive difference this partnership can make to people’s lives – hence the theme, social housing and social enterprise… a match made in heaven.
“It’s really exciting for us to host our first conference and we’re delighted to have Stephen at the event. His story, as someone who started from humble beginnings and went on to become a successful entrepreneur, is exactly the positive message of opportunity we at Fuse want to share with those we support.”
Esther Wright, Chair of Fuse said: “Planning is well underway and it’s shaping up to be a very interesting and informative programme.”
Other confirmed speakers at the conference include Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive Social Enterprise UK; Sinead Butters, Chief Executive ASPIRE Housing; and Wayne Gethings Managing Director of Wrekin Housing Trust.
The conference, on 8th March 2018, will be hosted at the Northfield Village in Stafford. “Northfield is a unique development that provides a holistic approach to accommodation, community and care,” Esther added.
“Fuse manages the community hub at Northfield and we are really proud to be part of this innovative partnership scheme.”
Conference organisers expect up to 80 delegates from a wide range of housing, health and social enterprise sectors at the event. It will include workshops on measuring social value and the use of Virtual Reality for social good – as well as the opportunity to look around and see at first hand the services and facilities at the Northfield Village.