Energy investment – not hot air

Hot on the heels of roundtable energy talks at No 10, Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the UK is to host a landmark Energy Security Conference in London next year. Aimed at rewiring global energy resilience, the UK announced that it will host a new global energy security conference in 2024, to shore … Read more

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

Last call to Apply for CREST23 Business Awards

There’s just a week left to meet the Friday 16th June extended deadline for CREST23 Business Awards, Surrey’s premier green awards Surrey’s only green business awards remains free-to-enter and businesses can enter as many categories as they want so that they can show case the different ways they are combating climate change and protecting the … Read more

CREST23 May deadline extended to June

Great news – CREST23 Business Awards is extending its entry deadline! The new deadline for these free-to-enter awards is now Friday 16th June because we realise that May 2023 – although the most memorable in many of our lifetimes – it has brought challenges. This extraordinary month has of course included the major distraction of the … Read more