The Festive Season featured frequently in Charles Dickens novels, from Christmas at Dingley Dell in Pickwick Papers to Pip’s Christmas Day encounter with Magwitch at the beginning of Great Expectations and of course the classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens conceived A Christmas Carol in October 1843 in response to a government report he had read … Continue reading Here’s to the next decade?
To be successful in business, you need to be mentally resilient, a trait that is often overlooked. Business leaders and entrepreneurs are bombarded with guidance on managing finances, building teams or making the most of their marketing and social media, but precious little time is devoted to looking after mental health and well-being. Yet, without … Continue reading Top tips for strong mental health at work
Last Saturday, I was privileged to hear from two dedicated individuals who are working to end homelessness in the UK - Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis and Steve Ellis, CEO of Cornish charity St Petrocs. I was struck at how, in the 21st Century, with all the benefits of social media, education and awareness, there … Continue reading Can we work together to end homelessness?
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead I work a lot with charities and voluntary organisations, and it never fails to amaze me what they manage to achieve on limited resources and huge amounts of goodwill. Small, owner … Continue reading Three cheers for the change-makers and disruptors.
June 5th is World Environment Day, the date that the United Nations designated to raise awareness of the environment and focus political attention and action worldwide. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted … Continue reading Plastic Free focus for World Environmental Day
It’s not every day that you hear stories of outstanding customer service, so I was really impressed to hear a friend’s account of her interaction with sofa retailer DFS. Severe allergies mean buying new furniture can be a minefield, so my friend felt reassured when DFS worked with her to identify what would be suitable … Continue reading Shout about your achievements!
For many people, it is only in adversity that they realise the value of ‘community’. In recent weeks, we have seen the strength of local communities, coming together to look after each other during the snows and subsequent floods, and associated problems such as lack of water following burst pipes. On the news, we saw … Continue reading How valuing the community can benefit your business
Last week exposed the fragility of our supply networks, and the huge expectations we, as consumers, have on maintaining ‘business as usual’. The snow, ice, rain and floods brought out amazing community spirit, with people checking up on friends and neighbours, 4x4 owners springing into action to get essential staff to and from work and … Continue reading Shop local – it may help you survive the storm!
To date, we have looked to Government initiatives and agreements to drive the sustainability agenda, with multinational talks and agreements to set targets. However, these don’t seem to have been very successful, as despite Heads of State signing up to limit global warming to 20C by 2050, it looks as though we will have trouble … Continue reading Are individual behaviours making a bigger impact than Governments?
Valuing community is key to Corporate Social Responsibility and achievable by partnering with a charity or community group. Choosing the right partner is important as there are huge benefits to both parties. What are the benefits to my business? In a recent UK survey, 82% said they would choose to buy from or work for … Continue reading Why business should be part of a community