Sustainability in Business Summit

29 Jan
  29th January 2020
  9:30am to 4:00pm
  Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology CIC

In partnership with Meres and Mosses Business Network and Marches Growth Hub and sponsored by the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).

In association with Marches Growth Hub, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).

With corporate entities accounting for two-thirds of global energy consumption (REN21, 2018), a reduction in energy usage by businesses is imperative to reducing emissions, saving money and sustaining business operations.

The adoption of renewables is increasingly attractive and at this event, we’ll discuss the pros, the cons and the realities of energy usage within your business. This event will provide a chance to learn and network in a relaxed environment, and as always, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Presenting at this event we are honoured to have John Vidal, until recently The Guardian’s environment editor and Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner, Research Director at CREST@UCS (University Centre Shrewsbury) and expert in environmental management and policy and previously Head of Research and a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chains at Cranfield University.

To join these presenters we are looking for businesses willing to present their approaches to sustainability via short case studies. If you would like to be considered please contact Craig Baker: craigb@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

This event will also include the award presentations for the Marches Blue Business Award. Please click here if you would like to find out more and maybe you could be one of our next winners!

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Wednesday 29th January

Venue: Marches Centre for Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) Bridgnorth – booking essential – places limited

Programme (subject to change):

08.30 – Registration, networking and exhibitors
09.20 – Welcome
09.30 – John Vidal (previously Environment Editor – The Guardian) – The importance of sustainable business practices in today’s environment
10.00 – Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner (CREST@UCS) – ‘Knowing your environmental inputs and outputs’ 
10.30 – Anna Bright, Chief Executive Sustainability West Midlands – Sustainability Road Map to 2030
10.50 – Networking break and exhibitors (40 mins)
11.30 – Case study presentations including Merrythought of Ironbridge at 90; Bridgnorth Aluminium – how to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
12.15 – Round Tables discussions including: Energy Tips; Utopia – what would a funding programme look like to support sustainability in your business’; Sustainable supply chains; Using energy efficiently” in buildings; Environmental topic TBC; West Midland’s sustainable roadmap to 2030; Apprenticeships & sustainable people; The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and application in a business context.
13.00 – Marches Blue Business Award
13.30 – Lunch, networking, tours of MCMT by apprentices (2pm for 1 hour)
14.30 – Q&A panel
15:00 – Finish



Booking is essential for this event and there are also opportunities for businesses to exhibit at the event.

Please also feel free to forward this information to any of your business contacts who may also be interested in attending.

Booking is essential for this event and there are also opportunities for businesses to exhibit at the event. Please email or call us on 01743 284 274 / 284 276 to book or discuss in more detail. Please also feel free to forward this information to any of your business contacts who may also be interested in attending.

When booking, please let us know if you have any mobility issues or dietary requirements.

Finally, if you would like to present at this event a short case study, for instance if you are a business who has expended whilst (or through) becoming more sustainable, or have benefited from a sustainable approach to business please contact us.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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