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Business Breakfast: The Problem With Growth

  • Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 08:45 to Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 11:00
  • Metro Bank, 40-46 Broadmead, Bristol , BS1 3HB
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • 0117 945 8730
  • smes, start ups, sustainable companies, carbon reduction companies, Bristol, sustainable interests, students, banks, universities


The Future Economy Network is happy to announce we will be sponsored by subscribers ETS. We will be joined by The Mindful Consultants and subscribers ETS and The University of Bristol for this event to discuss how we can have inclusive growth and cut carbon at the same time. Join us for a delicious and engaging business breakfast in Bristol!

Martin Parker, Professor at University of Bristol, will be asking “Do we need growth?”

The issues that face us, in this city, country and globe, are multiple. The three wicked problems are the need to drastically reduce carbon emissions, to democratise work and the economy, and to ensure that the benefits are evenly spread. The difficulty is that the status quo rests on the assumption that more economic activity is better, that growth is good. In order to produce a more inclusive, fair and carbon neutral economy, we need to move away from these assumptions, and instead concentrate on thinking about the 'quality' of the economy, not its 'quantity'. But what would a high-quality economy look like, and how can we push this forward?

Neil Wilkins, Co-Founder at The Mindful Consultants, will be discussing "A New Definition of Business Development - For a New Generation".

Rising generations are calling into question the traditional ways of doing business which has typically focused on profit generation to the detriment of everything else. They want to know what’s in it for them. They want to align with brands and businesses that are serving a higher purpose, are sustainable, ethical and mindful in everything they do. In this thought-provoking talk, including real-life case studies, you will be able to think about this world-changing opportunity to redefine your business development and why it will have a powerful impact on your future strategy. The Mindful Collective Founder, Neil Wilkins will share a new business development mix : Purpose, People, Process, Profit and the tools that will help you make it a reality.

David Eynon, Associate Director at ETS, will discuss the links and tensions between growth, the built environment and the natural environment, and the ways in which development and built assets across all classes can be designed, constructed and managed to not only mitigate adverse impact but also to potentially be a ‘net positive’ proposition.


08:45 - 09:00 - Registration and breakfast

09:00 - 09:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

09:10 - 09:25 – University of Bristol

09:25 – 09:40 – The Mindful Consultants

09:40 - 09:55 - ETS

09:55 - 10:30 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

10:30 - 10:35 - 60 Second Pitches

10:35 - 10:40 - Close

10:40 - 11:00 – Optional networking

Get To Know Our Speakers!

Martin Parker, Professor, University of Bristol

Martin Parker is a professor in the School of Management at the University of Bristol and the lead for the university's 'Inclusive Economy Initiative'. This is a research institute which co-produces work with organizations and networks in the Bristol region aimed at tilting us towards a low carbon, high inclusion, high democracy economy. His most recent book was called 'Shut Down the Business School', and he has another book out in 2019 which tries to connect ideas from anarchism with the practice of management.

Neil Wilkins, Co-Founder, The Mindful Consultants

Having spent the last 30 years in marketing and commercial roles across a wide range of industries including telecoms, government, manufacturing and financial services, Neil has seen many changes. One thing that is becoming clear is that the businesses that will succeed in the future are those that operate with a clear higher purpose, ethically and sustainably.

The old ways of doing business, simply for profit-sake, are long gone. Today’s growth is all about creating exceptional value, a deep understanding of customers and establishing lifelong relationships with them.

If you begin your business solely with a goal to make money, then you’ve lost at the start line. If you find your higher purpose, balance your processes and work with people who share your purpose and values then you begin to make sustainable profit.

David Eynon, Associate Director, ETS

David joined ETS in 2018 as an Associate Director, forging new strategic partnerships and developing the company’s sustainability offering. With a background in commercial real estate sustainability, David has a thorough knowledge of the commercial and legislative factors driving the implementation of energy management, efficiency and compliance projects in the commercial property sector.

With over 10 years’ experience in sustainability consultancy and property, David has worked extensively on operational cost reduction of built assets, the protection of asset value, and mitigation of legislative risk in commercial property portfolios.

This event is sponsored by our subscribers, ETS.
ETS is an award-winning Engineering and Energy Management business, with offices across the UK and Ireland – comprising a team of Chartered Engineers, Chartered Energy Managers, and CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants, providing the complete package of energy management and efficiency services.

ETS work with a number of high-profile organisations, delivering energy efficiency and engineering consultancy services across large national portfolios, and over thousands of properties – including energy and carbon management & strategy, technical engineering, project management, and legislative compliance services.

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