Alongside the launch of the new research project, the conference itself was important to Ashley Community Housing as topics to be discussed included;
• Setting an agenda for minority enterprise research and practice
• Building an inclusive business support system
• Rethinking refugees: the role of entrepreneurship
• Valuing enterprise in diverse communities
These are topics we work closely on within our business and because of this, Fuad Mahamed (CEO of Ashley Community Housing) was invited to talk on the Rethinking Refugees session. He told his story about how Ashley Community Housing began, which received an inspiring response in the room and on social media. Talking about our #rethinkingrefugee campaign and the future of the company fitted well with the other speakers on the panel – Dr Maria Villares (University of Southampton and CREME associate) and Charlie Fraser (Director of The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) – who have overlapping views and approaches to refugee integration and employment.
The event itself was well attended and after each session there were many questions and debates about the topics discussed. It was great to be amongst people with such strong and viable opinions on diversity.
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