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Sustainable Finance seminar - #FoSB

  • Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 - 13:30 to Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 - 16:30
  • The Foundation, Lower Ground Floor, St George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5BE
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • 0117 945 8730
  • SME, Start Up, Individuals, Business, Sustainable Businesses, Energy, Construction, Heat Pumps, Travel, Transport, International Trade, Universities, Students


The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar exploring the options in the industry of sustainable finance. We will be joined by representatives from New Economics Foundation and Triodos Bank.

How does the business community ensure that their investments are doing good, are ethical and sustainable? What incentives are there for business to consider sustainable finance as the preferred option and how do sustainability leaders instil longer term thinking, thereby making the business case for sustainable investment choices?


9:30 – 9:55 – Registration and coffee

10:55 – 10:05 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

10:05 – 10:25 – Representative from Triodos

10:25 – 10:45 – Frank van Lerven, New Economics Foundation

10:45 – 11:05 – Speaker TBC

11:05 – 11:25 – Speaker TBC

11:25 – 11:55 – Panel Discussion

11:55 – 12:00 – Closing remarks

12:00 – 12:30 – Networking

After 12:30 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)

As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square. 


Frank van Lerven, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation

Frank is Senior Economist for one the UK’s leading think tanks the ‘New Economics Foundation’ (NEF). Specialising in monetary and fiscal policy, banking, and developmental finance, Frank has been published in renowned academic journals and newspapers. Frank currently leads NEF’s work on sustainable finance and how to pay for a Green New Deal. Before joining NEF, Frank worked at the United Nations Development Programme and then went on to help start-up two prominent European think tanks aimed at reforming monetary policy.


Rebecca Pritchard, Head of Business Banking, Triodos Bank

Rebecca joined the bank in September 2013 and leads the team responsible for UK business banking activities with SMEs, social enterprises and charities, with particular focus on the environmental, food and farming, and social and cultural sectors. Rebecca has nearly 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, and began her career as a corporate relationship banker with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. She relocated to the UK in 1989 to join the bank’s Project Finance team, where she advised and financed major infrastructure projects in Europe. Rebecca then joined accountancy firm Grant Thornton in Bristol, where she established a Government & Infrastructure advisory team advising public sector procurers and private sector contractors on long-term public-private partnerships for capital projects in education, environmental services, housing, health and blue light services.

We are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for our seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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