Ever popular on Start-up Day, we’re happy to welcome back global market researchers Mintel to share the inside track on emerging trends affecting your business ideas right now. We’ll cut through all the jargon and data to bring you all the big headlines trending in key sectors and, of course, in sustainable living. Richard Cope is a Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel and author of its Sustainability Barometer. In his presentation he will share some of the most up to date trends data that will focus on how do you sell sustainability to consumers. Some of the main sections covered will be: The sustainability drivers of consumer buying behaviours How to learn from the best brands The latest news on emissions, measuring carbon footprints and waste reduction Power of using the right language in describing your sustainable practices and priorities How sustainability in the UK compares across the world. You can access Mintel data in Business & IP Centres across the country. Our expert staff are there to help you pick out and understand the stories such as these behind the stats, and inform some really key decisions as you build your business. Visit bl.uk/business to find your nearest Centre
You do not need to have extensive space outside to have a significant environmental impact – and nor do your customers. It’s a massive and growing market – with 87% of the UK’s population living in urban areas (World Data Bank 2015). We are excited to showcase how three founders turned limits on space on its head and found new opportunities. Could your new business follow a similar path? Charlie Francis and his co-founders have successfully combined a recycling ethic and modern design into a compelling product range turning used plastic bottles into indoor farms. Bottle Farm offers its customers instant greenery and good feeling. In just three years Bottle Farm has proved to be a start-up star having crowdfunded early on and featured in the press. Heather Gorringe, founder of Wiggly Wigglers, has refined her range of products over the past 30 years to transform traditionally large, unattractive and smelly composters into compact, multi-functional and odourless wormeries and compost systems for gardeners with smaller spaces. Jane Riddiford is co-founder of Global Generation who, over 17 years, have taken up residency in major construction sites including its ground-breaking Skip Garden in King’s Cross to create installation community gardens amid the all the machinery and hoardings. Right now, among a number of sites in London, it runs the Story Garden at the British Library. We’ll be asking them about how they generate sales, convey their ethical message, operate as carbon neutral companies, support other social impact organisations and maintain staying competitive. We’ll interview each business to dig out the insights that can help inspire and build confidence in the plans you have.
This talk looks at the need to connect with community and other business owners during difficult times. When things became challenging, the panel had to quickly learn to lean on their communities. This helped them build a network to sustain their businesses, but also share knowledge, skills and experience with their peers. Each of the three speakers on this panel has a compelling story about how their community helped them pivot and build resilience through a network. Find out how communities generate value and how to build your own community-as-a-service network, whether you’re just starting or looking to grow your business's activity.
Experienced environmental business veteran, Ed Gillespie, will take us on a whistle-stop tour of the history of ‘responsible’ business, outline the systemic challenges ahead of us all, and offer a rallying cry for the next regenerative generation of entrepreneurs the world really needs. Join us and be part of the revolution.
We hear from three businesses who have used The Remakery as a platform to grow. By providing a more affordable workspace with surplus materials, The Remakery lays the foundation for a more sustainable way of working, making and living that reduces our impact on the environment. Each of these businesses have used The Remakery to keep their materials in circulation, while also providing opportunities for their local community.
Starting a business requires single-minded belief and commitment to your vision. It might be too big a challenge or too great a diversion to be wholly emissions-free and sustainable from the start, but doing one thing, something, from that start, can truly make a difference over time. In this discussion, Julie Deane CBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company and Professor Bhaskar Vira, MA MPhil PhD, a leading expert in environmental economics at the University of Cambridge, will explore the many ways small businesses can learn from other countries leading the way in improving their resource efficiency. Join us and hear how getting real with what is achievable at the start of your business is still doing something amazing.
Meet the local businesswomen making an impact in the environmental space at this event hosted by BIPC Glasgow, during COP26. Join us to hear their inspirational stories - their motivations, challenges and aspirations. Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for many businesses. At this panel event you’ll hear how and why Trudi Donahue (Wild & Kind CIC), Lynne Haddow (Extincts CIC) and Fiona Lindsay (Reblade) took life changing decisions to start and run businesses with sustainability as a core principle. The panel discusses why protection of the environment is important to them, their start-up journeys, sustainable business practices and sources of support.