Around 60 professionals went along to an event organised by Lloyds Bank aimed at encouraging small and medium-sized businesses to take a positive approach to sustainability.
Hosting the event held at Swaffham’s Green Britain Centre was Steve Elsom, area director for East Anglia, Lloyds Bank Commercial, who talked about the venue itself which has a mission to inform, educate and empower people to take the small and big steps towards living sustainably.
Paul Turner, sustainable business director at Lloyds Bank, talked about the impact of developing nations on resources, how larger organisations think of sustainability as adding value to their brand and how the banks “Responsible Business” programme is integral to its business plans.
Tom Stevens, Green Foundation Project Manager for the Eden Project, also contributed. He said: “Careful and efficient use of resources can reap substantial cost savings to businesses that are able to effectively implement such schemes.” He said businesses needed to be brave when taking the first steps to become more sustainable.
Attendees were invited to take part in workshops focusing on waste management, employee engagement and resource efficiency.The workshops gave an in-depth look at these issues and it was intended that people will could take on board some practical tips and guidance which they could take back to their place of work.
Lastly Dr Andy Wood OBE from Adnams Southwold, also gave a presentation talking about how they incorporated sustainability in the development of their energy efficient brew house in 2007 and the launch of their first carbon neutral beer in 2008. He covered the difficulties and challenges that the brewer had faced, and what measures had been taken to overcome these to lead to the business’ success.