Going green can save money

The Ecowise team this month looks at whether it’s worth having an electric car through your company. There are undeniable negatives. These include, EVs are still more expensive than gas guzzling petrol and diesel cars, the limited range you can travel on a single battery charge, the length of time to charge a car, added … Read more

Net Walk for Change

Rural researcher, Molly Biddell gives an insight into the inaugural Netwalk for Change at her family’s farm Hampton Estate As co-chairs of the Surrey Lieutenancy Climate Change Focus Group, we were delighted to be able to host the inaugural Netwalk for Change at Hampton Estate in June. The aim was to create a disruptive event … Read more

Sustainable business works

There is no real excuse why not to be an ethical business – is the emphatic message from Sally Pritchett, head of award-winning Surrey communications consultancy, Something Big. A Certified B Corporations company, where B stands for “benefits for all”, Sally explains that while Something Big was already essentially a living example of B Corp, … Read more

In conversation with Holdsway’s Nick Diprose and Mary Murphy

In conversation with Carol Miller of CREST Business Awards, Holdsway’s Nick Diprose and Mary Murphy are clear that when it comes to change leadership interim executives are the expert game changers. Holdsway was launched ten years ago with a mission to help businesses accelerate change. The Woking-based firm is now one of the UK’s highest … Read more

The power of a passion

The power of a loyal customer base has paid dividends for PlantPassion, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Surrey Hills flower farm, where owner Claire Brown grows her beautiful plants, was badly hit by this year’s long winter, contributing to a 50% year-on-year drop in sales. Despite this, a blow which has seen far … Read more

Sustainability in a Cost of Living Crisis

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but while sustainability remains an important issue for consumers, the pressure of economic uncertainty, soaring bills, changes people’s priorities and is driving people towards cheaper options. Closure of a pioneering zero waste store in Woking, Bare + Fair, made front page headline news locally. Its owner, Mel Hemmings, winner … Read more

Zero waste mum is Sustainable Hero of the Year

A young mum who started her business at her kitchen table has bested an impressive array of national and international businesses to win the title of Sustainability Hero 2021, awarded today by CREST21 Business Awards, Surrey’s first sustainable business awards. Bare + Fair, the zero-waste retail business that Mel Hemmings started just over a year … Read more

CREST22 Business Awards Finalists

CREST22 Business Awards today unveiled this year’s finalists – the greenest businesses in one of the UK’s most thriving economies, from blue chip corporations to sole traders.  Efficiency Champion: One Thought Changes All, Plant Passion, The Lightbox Transforming Food: Chimney Fire Coffee, Crumbs Brewing, Nordic Wellness Drinks Going Circular: Bee Friends, Nordic Wellness Drinks, Puremess Smarter Transport: McLaren Applied, … Read more

STOP PRESS CREST22 Awards – deadline extended!

CREST22 Business Awards is extending the closing date for applications to Friday 8 April Surrey’s only green business awards, CREST22 Awards are free to enter and offer winners support from leading experts in sustainability from the University of Surrey. Surrey’s only green business awards CREST22 Business Awards announced today that it is extending its deadline … Read more