Last Thursday we welcomed a group of £B business members to City Hall for our latest Breakfast Forum. The businesses were greeted warmly by MD, Diana and Membership Manager, Ian and plenty of hot coffee and delicious pastries – the perfect antidote for the chilly January morning.
The breakfast started with an introduction to Bristol Pound from Ian and Diana. Diana explained that Bristol Pound is primarily a project with a social, economic and environmental purpose – to make the city more resilient, improve economic inclusion and reduce transport-related carbon emissions.
The way that happens is by the business members forming strong relationships with each other that promote trade within the network and so keep the money circulating within our local economy.
This was followed by a talk by Andy from The Planet Mark Start. Andy explained that The Planet Mark Start is a collaboration with sustainability consultants, Planet First.
The premise of the programme is that sustainability is good for business, and that business is a power for good for society, as well as the environment. The programme is free and has been developed to help small and medium enterprises to embrace sustainability generally, as well as considering the marketing potential around being a sustainable business.
We are working in collaboration with Andy to put on a special programme on Thursday 28th February and would recommend you come along to the event to learn more about embracing sustainability. Find out more about the event and register your place here.
Following Andy’s talk, Stacey from Zero Green – Bristol’s first Zero Waste Shop – gave a special PechaKucha presentation. We enjoyed hearing from Stacey about how her and Lidia started the business and how they’ve worked with some amazing local suppliers.
If you’ve not yet had a chance to check out Zero Green, just pop into their store on North Street, Bedminster – but remember your containers!
After Zero Green’s presentation, everyone had a chance to introduce themselves in elevator pitches with plenty of time left for networking.
We also had the chance to meet Dr Thomas Sealy from The University of Bristol who is currently undertaking research into what businesses value in business network membership. He is currently looking for businesses to interview so if you would like to be a part of this research please contact Thomas on email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who came along!