The Future Economy Group launches its Festival of Sustainable Business

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The Future Economy Group are thrilled to have launched the Festival of Sustainable Business, a one-day event taking place in Bristol on 17th September 2019.

Set to be the largest day of celebrating environmental business in the Bristol and South West region, the Festival comprises a free exhibition, a sustainable food zone, a sustainable transport zone, 10 seminars and a gala dinner, all taking place within Bristol City Centre.

The Festival of Sustainable Business will demonstrate that as a region, we are committed to achieving against our carbon neutrality targets and are leading the way in demonstrating that sustainable business models are commercially viable and the only fair and ethical choice.

Alan Bailey, Director of The Future Economy Group said: “The Festival of Sustainable Business will help organisations progress their sustainability thinking; showcasing innovations in sustainable technologies and services and facilitating key networking and knowledge sharing opportunities. The Future Economy Group is delighted to be able to bring this to the city, helping Bristol lead the way in achieving its carbon neutrality goals.”

Director at Brunel Jonathan Filer said: “We are delighted that Brunel Group are joining us as one of our major sponsors. Brunel Group are absolutely delighted and very proud to be sponsoring the Festival of Sustainable Business. As a business we don’t just talk about climate impacts, we take action, as is reflected in our paperless office and carbon neutral targets. As a region, Bristol is a dynamic entrepreneurial hub of fantastic businesses. We feel this event is a perfect opportunity to explore collaborations whilst highlighting important sustainability issues. We can’t wait for 17th September!”

The Future Economy Group are excited to announce as keynote speakers, Bristol City Council Mayor, Marvin Rees, and Founder of City to Sea, Natalie Fee.

Alongside keynote speakers, our seminars will welcome industry experts such as Airbus discussing progress in electric aviation, Interface showcasing their carbon neutral, circular business model, the Deputy Director of Climate Change at the Environment Agency discussing air quality, Kensa Contracting presenting innovations in district heating, Bristol Energy and The Carbon Trust discussing the Future of Energy, and Triodos Bank, The New Economics Foundation and The Bank of England presenting on Sustainable Finance.

The Future Economy Group will also welcome academics from the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol and look forward to hearing Q&As from former Heart FM Radio Presenter, Paris Troy who will be compering the lightening talk stage.

Current sponsors include Brunel Group, University of Bristol, UWE, Bristol Energy, Kensa Contracting, TLT and Bevan Brittan. A range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available, please see if of interest. Other supporters include the West of England Combined Authority, Bristol City Council, The Environment Agency, Triodos, Burges Salmon, Smith and Williamson and Grant Thornton.

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  1. Going paperless is a fantastic way for businesses of all types and sizes to take action in tackling environmental issues. However, I feel that “paperless office” is often mistakenly seen as a buzzword and not given the consideration that it rightfully deserves. On the other hand, it is very refreshing to see that some organisations do take it very seriously and promote its positive effects.

    When it comes to paperless office, there are several misconceptions that need to be addressed properly, in order for more businesses to put it into action. For example – going paperless is NOT a needlessly costly project, that provides no return on investment. In fact, paperless offices reap from many benefits that greatly return the investment, such as saving huge amounts of space (allowing it to be re-utilised), saving costs related to printing and stationery, making document search and retrieval tremendously quicker and more.

    Additionally, part of it is in the mindset – people are simply used to dealing with paper documents and the idea of using the digital counterparts can seem odd, however, once the convenience of working with digital documents is experienced, paper documents are rarely missed. While the process of going paperless can be quite lengthy, depending on the size of organisation, there are experienced companies that specialise in digitising documents and provide end to end service of going paperless, such as Pearl Scan.

    I believe that once businesses realise the direct benefits of going paperless on top of the positive environmental impact that they would be making, the notion of paperless office will rapidly gain more, much needed traction.

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