Green investments: will we see a revolution for small investors in 2015?


Behind the headlines and the politics of this month’s Budget Statement were a number of ‘good news’ stories in the small print for ethical and sustainable investment. So could 2015 be the year when we see a revolution for green investments?

Communicating green: five steps to make the most of your sustainability programme

Paul Appleby, chair Bristol Media, speaking at Vision 2014

Great communication is as relevant for SMEs as big brands and talking about your sustainability objectives and achievements helps win business.

Business sustainability: five takeaways from the ‘Growth for All’ CBI conference

Adnams exec director Karen Hester started off as office cleaner

Income inequality has soared over the past three decades in the UK, while we have the worst record on social mobility of any OECD country. So what can business do about it? Here are my five takeways from the CBI’s Growth for All annual conference.

Green grants: help for bioenergy SMEs in the West Midlands


If you are a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands region working in the bionenergy sector new support is available in the form of grant funding for research activities from European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI).

Money is social: why mainstream finance has got it wrong about ‘us’


This week, Good Money Week, is asking us to consider not just what it means to be good with money, but what it means to do good with money.

‘SME Instrument': an opportunity for SMEs seeking grant funding under Horizon 2020

Accelerating innovation: Horizon 2020's SME Instrument

The new SME Instrument is a funding stream from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. It is the only EC instrument which is exclusively accessible to SMEs.

Does installing solar make good business sense – even without the FiT?

When will solar PV reach grid parity in the UK?

The Government says domestic solar has not reached grid parity yet because it still requires substantial subsidies, but does the decision to install solar make sound economic sense for businesses – even discounting the Feed-in Tariff?

Sustainability leadership: four compelling reasons why ceos need to take action

business sustainability, employee engagement, human resources, green skills, green skills training, staff engagement

Visible commitment to sustainability from a ceo is the single biggest factor in delivering a successful sustainability strategy. Here are four compelling reasons why.

Scottish referendum: could more referendums gives us the ‘greenest Government ever’?


The financial crisis saw a run on the banks, and the Scottish referendum could cause a ‘run’ on the UK Parliament. So should we be looking at referendums as the best way to ensure we really can get the ‘greenest government ever’?

Water sustainability: five takeaways from World Water Week

Water stress is already becoming a challenge for many businesses in their operations and supply chains. Last week, World Water Week, the annual forum for sharing insights and case studies on water sustainability, was held in Stockholm. Here are my five takeaways for business.