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Sustainability Success Stories

  • Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 07:45 to Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 10:00
  • The Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • 0117 945 8730
  • sme's, businesses, sustainable interests, professionals, organisations, charities, companies, sustainable growth interests


Does your business have a sustainability story to tell?

A successful sustainability story is not only fantastic for the planet, but it is a key tool in creative marketing and will help pave the way for more businesses to jump on board.

Many SMEs are unable to put planet before profit. But what if you can have both? What if putting the planet first increases your profit?

The Future Economy Network are excited to showcase company case studies that have made sustainability a business growth factor, alongside key advice tailored to suit your business needs. Come along to this business breakfast and learn how to succeed in telling your own sustainability story. Hear from experts in hospitality, circular economy, recycling and water management to learn how implementing sustainability works across all sectors.

We are excited to announce that network members Water2Business will be sponsoring this event, and we will be co-hosting alongside Resource Futures. We will welcome Poco Tapas Bar, and network members Resource Futures, Ecosurety and Water2Business to speak.

Jennifer Best, Director, Poco Tapas Bar
When Tom Hunt, Jen Best and Ben Pryor opened up their restaurant on the corner of Jamaica Street, they brought together a devotion to seasonality, locality, great food and atmosphere, with a core passion for sustainability and environmental activism which has seen them gain widespread acclaim and numerous awards, both for their sustainable practises and for the quality of their food.
Join Jennifer as she takes you on an imaginary tour to illustrate how sustainability is embedded into Poco Tapas. Learn about their policies and procedures that frame their operations, and feel inspired to find your own sustainability success story.

Andy Coates, Chief Operating Officer, Water2Business

Water shortage is a global crisis and has been a top 3 world crisis for years. Businesses globally use the vast majority of consumed water and need to become more engage with investing in becoming more sustainable. The benefits of this will not just help save businesses in the long term in regards to cost saving, but they will become more sustainable and be contributing towards the solution of this global crisis.
Andy will talk through several case studies where Water2business have supported customers with investing in technology which has allowed them to considerably reduce their water consumption, consequently reducing costs and becoming a more sustainable business.

Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy, Resource Futures
Emma Burlow will talk about the ‘leap of faith’ that some businesses feel they need to take to be more circular, but how she believes that circular business models are already in the mainstream and will increasingly become part of everyday business. She will explore practical examples of circular business models in action.

Abigail Warren, Client Services Manager at Ecosurety, will be talking about “The power of the why”.

Abigail will talk about how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of sustainability as a small business and how Ecosurety has been successful, through hunch, trial and stumble, in attracting customers and staff who share our values and ethos.


07:45 - 08:00 - Registration and breakfast

08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:10 - 08:20 – Poco Tapas Bar, Jennifer Best

08:20 – 08:30 – Water2Business, Andy Coates

08:30 - 08:40 - Resource Futures, Emma Burlow

08:40 - 08:50 - Ecosurety, Abigail Warren

08:50 - 09:20 - Panel Discussion

09:20 - 09:25 - 60 Second Pitches

09:25 - 09:30 - Close

09:30 - 10:00 – Networking and breakfast

Meet The Speakers!

Jennifer Best, Director, Poco Tapas Bar
Jennifer is Co-Director of Poco Tapas Bar, a multi-award winning restaurant founded on the principle that an exceptional dining experience shouldn’t cost the earth; that a responsible business should treat the three P’s of People, Planet & Profit as equally important.
Jennifer is also on the board for a Catalyse Change, a social enterprise that empowers young women to become leaders in sustainability. She loves coordinating feasts that bring people together to connect over incredible food that inspires discussion around the challenges in the food industry.

Andy Coates, Chief Operating Officer, Water2Business

Water2business offer leading customer service and tailored water and wastewater management that will help to improve efficiency and deliver savings. As COO, Andy leads Water2business' operational strategy, focused on the Water2business promise and commitment to deliver a simple, transparent and cost effective service to its growing customer base. Previously Andy was responsible for leading the growth of Water2business, representing the company in competitive tenders for new business, presenting and designing water proposals for some of the UK's largest companies. He also ensures the business has a strong, lasting relationship with their partners and third-party intermediaries.

Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy, Resource Futures

Emma is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and resource efficiency in businesses. Having worked for 20 years in the resource efficiency sector, Emma has an excellent overview of how to manage projects of scale, alongside the detail of what drives engagement of businesses and successful transition to more circular business models.

Emma's experience gives her a unique depth of understanding of the critical success factors for supporting businesses aiming to implement more circular business models, in particular, the importance of understanding the financial viability early on in the process, getting key partnerships right and understanding the marketplace.

Abigail Warren, Client Services Manager, Ecosurety

Abigail works with Ecosurety, the market leading compliance scheme based in Bristol investing in quality recycling.
With more than 1,000 customers including Danone, the Co-operative Group, Nestlé and Virgin Media, Ecosurety supports efficient and more transparent investment in UK recycling projects via infrastructure, innovation and consumer awareness campaigns.
Abigail ensures the Ecosurety team provide valuable support to our clients across the batteries, packaging and WEEE regulations.

This event is sponsored by Water2Business.

Water2business are an award winning water and wastewater retailer based in Nailsea, Bristol. Their ethos is to work in partnership with businesses to manage their water supply and wastewater requirements. We create water efficiency programmes tailored to companies’ individual needs; giving a total understanding of water consumption as well as how best to reduce costs and improve environmental performance. We are committed to working honestly and transparently and won’t make promises we cannot keep.

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