Date of release: Monday, March 23, 2015

 Lord Andrew Mawson OBEBritain's leading social entrepreneur will be speaking at the University of Greenwich this Wednesday (25 March).

Lord Andrew Mawson OBE, an internationally acclaimed expert in this area, is to give a keynote presentation at an event run by the Centre for Innovation, Imagination & Inspiration, part of the university's Business School

The co-Founder of Community Action Network (CAN), a national organisation supporting hundreds of social entrepreneurs, Lord Mawson set up the renowned Bromley-by-Bow Centre nearly three decades ago. This became the UK's first Healthy Living Centre and today it helps run dozens of social enterprise schemes and employs more than 200 people. 

His various projects – involving health, education, housing, business and enterprise – have been cited by successive governments as good examples of successful community regeneration.

The university's Centre for Innovation, Imagination & Inspiration, led by Professor Chris Birch, has been running social enterprise training and programmes across the south-east region for the past five years. It also has a mission to help unlock the entrepreneurial potential of the university's students and graduates, and runs competitions and challenges throughout the year to help innovative business ideas get off the ground.

Greenwich has been selected to run the Scale and Growth Social Enterprise programme, an 18-month funded scheme to promote student employability and entrepreneurship.

The workshop is taking place in partnership with Faith Action, a national organisation for faith-based groups involved in social action. It takes place at Hamilton House between 9.30am and 3pm.

For more information on the event or the centre's activities, contact Jerry Allen, Charles Oham or Chloe Price on 020 8331 9343. Email: Web:

To find out more about how the University of Greenwich's research can help your business and provide access to world-leading expertise, see the Greenwich Research & Enterprise site at

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