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Festival of Ideas: Social Enterprise: its importance, influence and impact in society

Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

Thursday, 2 October 2014 from 17:45 to 19:45 (BST)

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Social Enterprise: its importance, influence and impact in society

Thu 2 October 2014, 17.45-19.45 (please arrive at 17.30)

Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol

Tickets are FREE but you must register for the event. 

Due to popular demand after the sell-out launch in June, there will be another book signing event for The Honesty Pot at the Bristol branch of Foyles in Cabot Circus.

The Honesty Pot is the inside story of the Pierian Centre, a 10-year experiment in living and working that sprang from the vision of one woman, but grew to touch the lives of thousands. From its base in St Pauls, the Centre came to play a leading role in movements like Abolition 200, City of Sanctuary, and the European Year for Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion, but the root of all its work was the inspiration and values that its founder, June Burrough, absorbed from the people she met on her journey through life. The Honesty Pot traces the influence of her early years, her working life, the people she has loved, and the community she found herself living and working amongst.

Joining June on the panel will be the book’s author, Nick Thomas, and the Community Interest Company (CIC) Regulator, Sara Burgess. The Pierian Centre became a Community Interest Company – indeed was the first CIC to win the Social Enterprise Mark – and one focus of this event will be the potential that social enterprise has to combine social justice with creativity, and become a vehicle for change. Though the Centre closed its doors two years ago, the implications of its work are of growing relevance in a world struggling to balance individual freedom and a sustainable sense of community.

The book explores two strands that were particularly important in shaping the character of the Pierian Centre. June’s first career was in theatre, rising to become Company Stage Manager at the Bristol Old Vic – and the teamwork, discipline and sense of purpose she experienced there became a model for how she would run her own business. The second strand was an encounter she had in Australia, when Aborigines in Arnhem Land adopted her into their community and shared with her a life connected to the environment, to the past, and to their fellow human beings.

The Pierian Centre was a challenge to business, to individuals, and to the society we shape and that in its turn shapes us. It aimed to re-integrate work and leisure, bring communities together, and promote humanity above the profit motive. It asked: can we live as full human beings in the modern world? Do come and help us answer that question!


Sara Burgess is the CIC regulator.  Community Interest Companies began in 2005, and in 2015 will be celebrating 10 years of this new way of constituting social enterprises. It is anticipated that very soon there will be over 10,000 CIC’s in the UK.

June Burrough started the Pierian in 2002 as a centre for training and self-development – expanding it over the years into a Conference centre and busy focus of community development. She is a Social Entrepreneur with wide experience of running enterprises. Visit her website at 

Public Relations Manager at The Pierian Centre, Nick Thomas followed the family tradition in becoming an actor and writer and co-founding a theatre company, Show of Strength, which produced several of his plays. Visit his website.

We have restricted the booking of tickets to two per transaction in an effort to avoid people booking multiple tickets without confirming if they have guests to go with them. We hope this will limit the number of 'no shows' at the event. If you need more tickets, please submit another booking. You can use the same name and email address.

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Refunds of ticket purchases will only be offered if the event is cancelled.


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The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all, but if you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct. There is no loop system at Foyles. There are toilet facilities for wheelchair users in the store but no other public ones available. However, there are toilets in Cabot Circus




Do you have questions about Festival of Ideas: Social Enterprise: its importance, influence and impact in society? Contact Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

When & Where

Foyles, Cabot Circus
Philadelphia Street
Quaker's Friar
BS1 3BU Bristol
United Kingdom

Thursday, 2 October 2014 from 17:45 to 19:45 (BST)

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Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

BCDP facilitates, leads, promotes and manages cultural activity in Bristol and the West of England including the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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