Norfolk’s Future 50 get creative at bike-inspired networking event

Making bicycles out of old newspapers at the Future 50 event. Photo: Bill Smith

Making bicycles out of old newspapers at the Future 50 event. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Some of Norfolk's fastest-growing small businesses put their ingenuity into action during a networking event with a creative twist.

More than 30 people – including 15 businesses from the EDP Future 50 – descended on the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) where they were tasked with building bicycles between drinks and canapes.

But there was no sign of greasy finger tips and monkey wrenches, as three teams faced the daunting task of constructing their two-wheeled mobiles from a stack of old newspapers.

The inspiration for the meeting came from NUA to showcase the virtues of using creative thinking and teamwork to drive innovation.

Businesses attending the event, on Wednesday October 15, included: Beattie Passive, Creative Sponge, Credo Asset Finance, eco-classrooms, Epos Now, FXHOME, JRT Plumbing and Heating Solutions, Kensington Tea Company, Norfolk Quail, R A Brown Heating Services, Selesti, Seneye, Zing Insights, Lambda Films and the Fountain Partnership.

The Future 50 is sponsored by Lovewell Blake, NUA, Birketts, and NWES.

To learn more about Norfolk's Future 50, including full profiles of the current class of 2014, visit, or take a closer look at the Future 50 news story section on

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