We are delighted to be invited to lead a workshop at this year's Social Enterprise Kent Conference.  The theme of the conference this year is Building Business with Purpose.  bemix's Chief Executive, Matt Clifton and Non-Executive Directors Ann Marie Lillis and Steve Chapman will co-lead a workshop focusing on community.

Matt, Ann Marie and Steve will be joined by our friends Zoe and Tom from Lily's Bistro and Social Kitchen for the workshop. 

About the conference

Theme  Building Business for Purpose

Cost  This is a free event aimed at Kent's social entrepreneurs.

When and where?  23rd November, 9.30am - 3pm at Ashford International Hotel

Book onto the conference here

What experience will bemix and Lily's Bistro and Social Kitchen be bringing to the workshop?

bemix is a Social Enterprise working alongside people with learning difficulties and/or autism in East Kent and Medway. bemix runs several social businesses, including a recording studio in Canterbury and upcycling enterprise in Sittingbourne, producing bespoke products from waste wood. Young people with disabilities are also supported into paid employment through internships, and presented as valued assets to Kent and Medway businesses. All bemix work is co-led by people with and without learning difficulties.

Ann-Marie Lillis was supported by bemix from 2004, before joining the workforce as a trainer and supporter in 2010. She is a Non-Executive Director and supports people in our catering enterprise.

Matt Clifton has been Chief Executive since 2013.

Steve Chapman mentors our young interns and supports in our music projects. He has trained Kent NHS and JobCentre Plus staff in learning disability. Steve is also a Non-Executive Director.

Lily’s Bistro in Canterbury was founded by Zoe and Kiera Rodda with a vision for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be in paid work, seen by the public to be delivering good food and outstanding service in a busy city centre. The business is all about partnerships, linking with neighbouring restaurants and retailers as well as bemix, Porchlight and Catching Lives to expand work experience and paid work. The Bistro has focused on corporate hospitality and now provides all in-house lunches for the Church of England Diocese of Canterbury.
The mother and daughter duo aim to challenge expectations of vulnerable people, who have so much to offer but are too often let down by low expectations from their families and society.