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Hackney Green Business Seminar

IMPORTANT INFO - THIS EVENT IS ONLY OPEN TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS BASED IN HACKNEY Do you want to learn how you can make more environmentally positive decisions in your business? Do you need some expert advice on ways to reduce your carbon footprint? This hands-on event will help you transition towards a net-zero economy! Day 1 : Monday 30th January 2023, 9am – 5pm @ The Fisheries, London Fields, Hackney Day 2 : Monday 6th February 2023, 9am - 5pm @ The Fisheries, London Fields, Hackney Who's the event for? For all established small businesses who are looking to develop and grow into a more eco-friendly and sustainable business. Open to all types of businesses; from start-ups, and solo-founder/ entrepreneurs to high street shops & cafés. Participants must be living in or operating in Hackney, East London. If you live in, are registered in, or your offices/workspace is/are based in Hackney, then this is for you! As part of your participation in this FREE event you'll receive: 🌎 The latest green tips & tactics to navigate the uncertain business landscape 🌎 Develop your personalised “Green Action Plan” 🌎 Access to £250 towards your net-zero accreditation suited to your business* 🌎 Access to 3 free follow-up hours of 1-to-1 mentorship with an Allia Business Coach tailored to your business needs. 🌎 Opportunities to join the Allia Alumni network of 2,000+ ventures 🌎 Leave with your certificate of participation & a wealth of knowledge An overview of the 2 days - what will you come away with? Learn from experts the correct environmental vocabulary & terminologies to use surrounding net-zeroAccelerate your own transition to net-zero in a digestible 2-day seminarNetwork with like-minded entrepreneurs in Hackney who want to make a differenceEngage with peers, mentors, and resources on how Hackney can be net-zeroInsight from Industry experts on the topics of: Green Marketing (Green Claims Code) - How to avoid greenwashing and staying compliant with the latest advertising standardsSustainable Business Models - Building sustainable value propositions into your businessCarbon Calculation Workshop – Understanding your environmental footprint so you can measure, react and reduce as well as sharing this with customers, suppliers, and stakeholdersFunding Opportunities for your business in 2023 (SEIS/ EIS) - The state of green finance and how it can or can’t serve you Work through your challenges with 1-to-1 coaching and stay up-to-date with small business trendsCalculate your Carbon footprint and generate your Green Action PlanConnect with the Allia Alumni Network of 2,000+ small business ownersCertify your actions. Access to £250 towards your Green Accreditation (from BCorp, Green Mark, etc) suited to your business*Build resilience & understand the evolving customer requirements of eco-conscious customers Join us for hot drinks and breakfast (fruit & pastries) from 8.30am on both days to meet the team and other small businesses attending the seminar. A delicious vegan lunch will be provided by one of our Green Business Alumni - Gaia Pulses, who deliver delicious, homemade, organic food in reusable containers - and we welcome you to join us for a drink after the seminar at the Pub by the Park! About Allia Allia has been active in environmental issues and supporting cleantech and smart energy start-ups for many years. We pledge to help as many small businesses as we can to make substantial changes to their working practices and systems, through advice delivered by programmes and workshops, as well as within our own Future Business Centres. From working with Hackney Council we are providing a Green Business programme to help local businesses, start-ups and ventures in the borough to start making positive green steps for their business. Special thanks to the Hackney Council who sponsor this incredible event to move towards net-zero. allia.org.uk

21 Dec

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Cockpit Winter Open Studios 2022

November 2022 A must-visit London event for those curious to discover work by the worldʼs most exciting makers, Cockpitʼs Winter Open Studios return this year, revealing the extraordinary work made behind closed doors at Cockpit Bloomsbury from 25 to 27 and Cockpit Deptford from 2 to 4 December. United by their unrivalled skill and imagination, Cockpit makers span every kind of craft practice, from finely made functional homeware to exceptional one-of-a-kind art objects. With prices to suit all budgets and many one-off, new and exclusive pieces launching, there is no better place to buy handmade this Christmas. The Winter Open Studios offer a rare chance to purchase directly from the private workshops of more than 160 of the countryʼs best emerging makers and globally renowned craftspeople working in textiles, glass, weaving, jewellery, ceramics and much more. Works are created sustainably and hyper-locally, on site and by hand. While investing in storied pieces that are designed to last, visitors can experience the visceral nature of physical making up close. They can explore what it means, and how it feels, to make and own things with intrinsic meaning and exceptional quality. A number of makers will show new work at Cockpitʼs Winter Open Studios, including a group of timeless yet contemporary new jewellery designs by Zia Huang, whose imaginative breadth of work spans everything from abstract minimalism to organic geometric forms. Jeweller Hannah Bedford will show Rain, a new collection that has evolved from a series of observations of droplets in nature. Also debuting a new jewellery collection, Ciara Bowles will unveil Kaleidoscope, an exciting group of jewels that juxtapose and harmonise colour combinations using reclaimed gemstones. Shamanic spirit artist and jeweller Chloe Valorso, an MA graduate in Jewellery and Metal at the Royal Academy of Arts, will introduce a new collection of Spirit Amulets and new editions to her much-loved Smiley rings. Exclusively for Open Studios sculptor Lucille Lewin will launch a series of new pieces, including small porcelain works, brass boxes and petri dishes. As part of her ongoing research and development of glaze, ceramicist Tessa Eastman will reveal pieces glazed with metallic surfaces alongside five miniature versions of her popular Baby Cloud Bundle sculptures. Textile artist Ellen Mae Williams will show work created during her recent residency on the Greek island of Skopelos, seen in the UK for the first time at the Winter Open Studios, while weaver Eva Dennis launches new wall hangings crafted from vintage fabrics and recycled yarn as well as earrings and brooches. Those looking for a hands-on experience are invited to join print artist Paige Denham for a Christmas stocking screen printing workshop, alongside a number of other interactive opportunities at Cockpit Bloomsbury ad Cockpit Deptford. Annie Warburton, CEO, said: “As days grow shorter and nights darker, at this time of year we turn towards the light of human connection. Most of the year, a makerʼs studio is private space and rightly so, but Cockpit Open Studios is the moment that we open to welcome guests to connect with our makers and show the extraordinary work being made on site. In the dopamine rush of Black Friday deals, itʼs easy to be seduced into bargain buying. Craft offers something different, more soulful, more enriching, more nourishing. A visit to Cockpit is anything but ʻjust shoppingʼ. Itʼs a moment to take time, have conversations and to linger over choosing a gift made with heart, soul, care and imagination. A gift that will bring lasting pleasure. “ Public admission Cockpit Bloomsbury: 25-27 November, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP Cockpit Deptford: 2-4 December, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ Opening times: Friday 2 ‒ 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 ‒ 5pm General admission tickets are £6, concessions are £4 Tickets for Cockpit Bloomsbury Winter Open Studios Tickets for Cockpit Deptford Winter Open Studios About Cockpit Cockpit is home to some of the most exciting makers in the world. Spanning every kind of craft, Cockpitʼs makers are united by their extraordinary skill and imagination. Our Mission A voice for making in all its forms, Cockpit stands for the transformative power of craft to shape a better world. Cockpit gives makers tools to build their businesses so they can focus on what they do best: making. From studio space to business advice, Cockpit is where careers in craft are made. At the heart of the craft community, Cockpit is an ardent champion of social justice. Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Cockpit bridges that gap, opening pathways for new talent to succeed. Our Story Cockpitʼs name comes from our first studio site at Cockpit Yard, Bloomsbury. Originally an eighteenth-century cockfighting arena, the yard was taken over by a cabinet maker in 1745. It has been a site for craft and making ever since. Cockpit as we know it today began in 1986 when Camden Recycling created five starter units in Cockpit Yard for young, unemployed makers. In the early 2000s, Cockpit opened its second location in Deptford and launched its pioneering business support programme. From there, Cockpitʼs reputation grew to become the destination for makers starting up in practice. Highly sought-after, a place at Cockpit is a mark of quality. The organisation has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in contemporary craft. It is a place to discover the stars of the future. A registered charity and award-winning social enterprise, Cockpit is now home to 150 of the worldʼs finest makers. Cockpit is recognised as a UK top 100 social enterprise on the NatWest SE100 index 2021 and is proud to be a London Living Wage employer. Cockpitstudios.org | @cockpit_studios

24 Nov

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Circular-enabled solutions: reducing environmental impact and maximising social outcomes in supply chains

Impact is hard baked into the DNA of social enterprises: it’s what makes us who we are and drives what we do. And in 2022, Stitch, powered by Connection Crew, has been thinking hard about this: how to push further for greater social and environmental impact and nudge this change up and down supply chains. Powered by the award-winning team at Connection Crew, Stitch is designing and delivering production solutions that minimise environmental impact and maximise social outcomes. Taking off in 2022, Stitch’s exhibition stands alone have: Achieved 93% of materials being reused or recycledDelivered 785 hours of direct social value employment for people with experience of homelessnessRe-used over 12,500 kilos of materials, saving these from being single-use or going to landfill And it’s not just exhibition stands. Stitch is working on innovative projects for clients across industries. In 2022, Wates partnered with Connection Crew following a successful installation project delivered by Stitch. This has catalysed further work to design and install welfare areas for staff, in turn helping improving their Considerate Construction score and evidencing their commitment to working with social enterprises (and hitting ESG goals at the same time.) “[They] have proven themselves to be adaptable and professional. Having identified transferrable skills, they have built welfare areas and also completed a successful pilot in modular install. Their drive, passion and capability are as fantastic as the impact they are having on the lives of homeless people.” Su Pickerill, Head of Social Value, Wates Group Services Stitch has also recently won CBRE’s Going Above and Beyond award for service delivery, recognising their work to deliver film services that hit CBRE’s needs: “Stitch have delivered a brilliant service and we're really proud to be partnering with them. Their commitments to making a positive impact through their work is inspiring, and we've loved being part of this. For these reasons and more, this is why we wanted to recognise their work as winners of our Above and Beyond award for service this year.” Gemma Lindley, Supplier Engagement Director, CBRE We’ve now worked with clients in industries including pharmaceuticals, construction, real estate and more: delivering circular-enabled production solutions that are environmentally-sound and socially powerful. What next In 2023, the ambitions of Stitch are to do even more: develop, find and use more circular-enabled materials and processes; create new pathways and opportunities for our ex-homeless crew; and support change in processes for our clients and suppliers. Every project inches Stich’s ability to innovate new, better and more ambitious methods to deliver projects that help fulfil ESG commitments. Check Stitch out here or get in touch to find out how we can work together to deliver your needs: info@stitchlive.co.uk

22 Nov

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COP26 becomes COP27 – was there good news? (and Amplify Goods turns one).

On 31st October, 2021, COP26 launched, full of post-pandemic excitement and hope for collective action on the health of our planet. Yet, after 13 days of very little action and legal commitments by our global leaders, we knew we had to take our own action. On Friday 12th November 2021, COP26 ended and Amplify Goods was born.  With COP27 just around the corner, we’ve paused to reflect on the past year.  We’re proud that Amplify Goods has continued to challenge the status quo - growing a circular-enabled, net-positive, women led and mental health focused social enterprise that is part of the Just Transition. With political turmoil around us all, in the UK and globally, we know progress on climate goals has been modest at best.  Amplify Goods remains determined to make practical progress on the transition where so many seem frozen in the headlights. It’s been encouraging to see how many people are changing their behaviours to respond to the energy crisis and the climate emergency.  There seems to have been a shift by consumers too, with more asking big businesses to stand up and be transparent about their impact >> good and bad >> socially and environmentally. Almost every product we currently use needs redesigning for a Net Zero future, and we stay hopeful by celebrating the actions already made. So here’s to amplifying our top 5 bits of good news since COP26 ….and they are all big! BANKING -  Triodos Bank has been joined by 300 others in signing the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, a vital movement now representing nearly half of the world’s banks!  There is more to applaud: a recent commitment by  Lloyds Bank’s to shun fossil fuels and Axa’s recent commitment to invest $500m in ocean nature-based solutions aimed at improving resilience for 250m people in coastal areas around the world. ACT: Join Triodos GREENWASHING - Triumph for the Good Law Project, Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth lawyers as UK admits its net zero strategy is unlawful and has agreed to come up with another one.  Even the Harvard Business Review is warning of the negative impacts! If we’ve turned a greenwashing corner, its good news we will see less stuff like this from HSBC. ACT: Donate to Client Earth LAW - Over 200 organisations endorsed a position paper calling for inclusion of a crime of ‘ecocide’ in the revised EU Directive on protection of the environment through criminal law. Then the EU's environmental affairs (ENVI) committee voted to back the revision to include ‘ecocide’. Boom. We see the ‘Stop Ecocide’ movement as VITAL to turning a corner in the fight; if the definition is agreed, and it’s then legislated as a crime, businesses will really have to change to protect their financial existence! ACT: Join Stop Ecocide CORPORATES BUYING FROM SOCIAL ENTERPRISES - Just weeks after our launch, we found ourselves on a call with Lyreco. Within 3 months we’d met the team and within 9 months we were in their catalogue in front of 70,000 UK businesses - together, we’re working to raise the bar for sustainable buying in UK. We’ve sold millions of doses of soap already, but that’s just the beginning! Lyreco’s support programme is great for SE’s ACT: Apply to join next year’s Lyreco Supplier Support Programme, as they once again offer a helping hand to ambitious microbusinesses and social enterprises with their established supply chain and scale. Get in touch: wise.goodness@lyreco.com. ADAPTATION - As much as adaptation seems like a sad plan b, it's important too - PLAN A [change the system] + PLAN B [adapt], because the most financially vulnerable (primarily in the Global South), are at a huge risk and it’s our emissions in the Global North that have caused it. Two and a half billion people are now covered by adaptation plans with 53 (and counting) long term strategies submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. ACT: Get involved in the Climate Justice Alliance So as COP27’s final day looms on Friday 18th November 2022, we’ll turn one, but the big hope is for more people to embrace the Just Transition: So, our call to action - Global leaders: get on with it. And to our fellow Social Entrepreneurs: look after your mental health and whenever you can, make sure your peers know that we’ve got each other’s backs! Ps. Happy Birthday Amplify Goods, celebrate a bit and then crack on; the hour is now. About Amplify Goods Amplify Goods is all about redefining products that work for our collective future. Amplify Goods is a unique B2B hygiene brand balancing function, carbon, plastic and social impact. Offering liquid washes, glass dispensing systems, compostable sponges and accessories via distributors, we partner with you to rinse-return-clean-reuse bulk containers using a circular business model validated by ReLondon. Amplify Goods is a net-positive and women-owned social enterprise, investing profits in the wellbeing of Quiet Changemakers working towards a Just Transition. amplifygoods.org

07 Nov

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Charity Bank marks 20 years since its incorporation

October 2022 Charity Bank was officially launched at 11 Downing Street by then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, on 17 October 2002. Since then, Charity Bank has continued to be owned by and committed to supporting the social sector, making more than 1,100 loans totalling over £400m to housing, education, social care, community, and other social purpose organisations. During the evening, Charity Bank unveiled a new brand video “Where You Bank Matters” showcasing the impact that the bank continues to have on charities and social enterprises. Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown said “I want to offer my congratulations to the Charity Bank for years of service to the people of the United Kingdom. Thank you for the important work you do and the difference you have made. It was my pleasure and my privilege to launch the social impact bank in Downing Street in 2002. “And since then, through thick and thin, the bank has been instrumental in assisting and helping charities and social enterprises flourish, with loans and savings accounts that deliver real social impact in communities across the country. You deserve our thanks, and you deserve our best wishes.” Alan Hodson, Chair at Charity Bank said “One of the great things about Charity Bank is that while we all have different roles to play, we share common values and a desire to use finance to make a difference. We’re celebrating not only our history and heritage but also the success of a bank for good and our vision for the future. “With the current pressure on people and communities across the UK, it’s more important than ever that we continue to do everything we can to support the charities and social enterprises making a real difference in their communities.” Ed Siegel, CEO at Charity Bank said “We’re delighted to be celebrating, not only 20 years of Charity Bank but two decades of investment in social impact. Charity Bank is not your average bank; we’re a community of people committed to using money to tell a better story. “One thing we know is that where you bank really does matter. We know that the charities we support will be needed more than ever in the years ahead and that’s why it’s so important that Charity Bank continues to grow in order to support our borrowers and the immense impact they are able to have on the communities they serve.” ENDS About Charity Bank Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank for charities, social enterprises and people who want to make the world a better place. It uses its savers’ money to provide much needed loans to UK organisations working to drive positive social change – bringing benefits for people, communities, and the environment. Since 2002, Charity Bank has made more than 1,100 loans totalling over £400m to housing, education, social care, community, and other social purpose organisations. Charity Bank is owned by social purpose organisations and aims to use its expertise, commitment, and flexible approach to lending, to help charities and social enterprises get the support and funding they need. www.CharityBank.org

31 Oct

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 Major New Finance On The Way for Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Start-Ups

October 2022 Impact investing is on the brink of becoming a mainstream investment channel that will create finance for a new wave of impact entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups to deliver urgently needed solutions to social and environmental challenges, according to qualitative research released by global legal and advisory practice, Taylor Vinters.  Research based on hour long interviews of a panel of 36 key figures representing impact investors, investee companies, independent experts and public bodies working within the impact sector, reveals impact investing is already entering the mainstream with heavyweight private equity investors, including Apollo, KKR, Bain and TPG entering with funds targeting positive social and environmental impact, and that angel investors and VCs are also seeing impact as an important driver of commercial potential.  The research found that there is a need to let go of the view that impact investing is the preserve of smaller, boutique and specialised investment houses. The study highlighted that impact investors are on the hunt for ‘solution seeking’ investments that support positive, intentional impact from products and services that demonstrably make the world a better place from a social and environmental standpoint.  Findings point to the potential of the impact sector to provide solutions to major social challenges such as housing, homelessness and social care, and that there is an opportunity for government and impact investors to work together in these areas suggesting a combined strategy coming from government, business, public sector and the third sector. An example given is linking sustainable housing to tackling the housing shortage and homelessness, and how impact investors can play a full role in delivering on targets relating to these areas.  Also identified is the potential for the role of impact investing to support government’s Levelling Up Agenda (and any successor), through to the need for government to carefully consider those areas of economic, social, and cultural activity where a fully catalysed impact investment community could play a vital role in successfully addressing social challenges.  The wider belief revealed by the research, is that unlocking this potential requires vision from government. For example, if government sought to link greener housing with attempts to tackle the housing shortage and homelessness, and set ambitious and stretching targets, consideration could be given to how impact investors could play a full role in delivering on those ambitions. In light of adopting such an approach, government could then consider how it would need to act in terms of providing incentives, or seed capital for new innovation.  Impact investing and ESG are not the same, but are complementary The study finds that a major factor for the growth of impact investment in the mainstream of investing, is the need to have a clear recognition of the distinct roles and opportunities of impact investing and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.  The key distinction between impact investment and ESG monitoring is considered to be that impact ventures are founded on clearly defined, high levels of intentionality, and that ESG monitoring is rooted in compliance and reporting.   A key observation is that impact ventures can offer quicker, more innovative solutions to major global challenges, such as environmental degradation and renewable energy, compared to ESG compliance and reporting, which is more focused on describing the status quo and also subject to risk from confusing metrics, and to claims of 'green-washing'.  Market innovation required  The second identified necessary factor for impact investing to become grounded in the mainstream of investing, is market innovation. This involves understanding that the impact element of business models has real intrinsic value. Participants in the research identified a growing awareness and realisation that intentionality of impact is an essential indicator of sustainable value. At a time of change in a more uncertain world, impact has become a long-term indicator of worth, and that the impact element of businesses should be considered an asset with financial value.  However, it is also considered that a situation needs to be created that allows stakeholders to determine a more precise spectrum of intentionality and return for investors seeking highly scalable, deployable propositions with market rate returns. ‘Impact first, investment first’ strategy Research participants highlighted the fact that already this has led to what is becoming more commonly known as the ‘impact first, investment first’ model, in which impact and finance is in a lock-step relationship.  Another important element required for successful market innovation is marketisation. That the right rewards have to be created to generate results, how best to price externalities, and to incentivise investment and corporate behaviours. For example, innovations in shareholder agreements and other legal documents that underpin company formation and venture founder benefits. The research identified that networks within the impact investing sector are considered vital to market innovation as they will help educate, and ensure impact assessment and due diligence in investment practice. The networks and organisations named include: VentureESG, Diversity ESG, GINN's Gender Lens Investing Hub, Responsible Investment Network – Universities (RINU), the Impact Investing Institute and Big Society Capital.  Impact ventures can solve the biggest global challenges  There is a view that there are very significant financial return opportunities from highly intentional impact ventures that address major challenges such as global warming, energy supply and inequality within societies. And in addition, momentum can be accelerated in the impact investment sector to significantly drive economic growth by increasing the rate of innovation across all business areas leading to a new phase of businesses creation, new products and services, productivity improvements, increases in GDP, increased employment, as well as generating positive impact.  ‘The results of this report are simple. If we accelerate innovation in the impact investment ecosystem, we will accelerate innovation across the whole of business. It would create extraordinary dividends by enabling growth and urgently needed solutions to the economic, energy, environmental and social challenges,’ comments Taylor Vinters CEO, Matt Meyer. ‘Unlocking the potential of impact investment could not be more timely in terms of the need to address the major challenges we face. There is a real opportunity to make a significantly positive difference through commitment to what is the investment channel of the future.’  Interviews with research panel members were one hour in length, and conducted independently by market strategy consultant and author, Dr John Knell. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REPORT   taylorvinters.com

31 Oct

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