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Community is at the heart of King’s Cross this Responsible Business Week

Thursday 21 April will see business leaders from across the UK gather at London’s King’s Cross to explore the power of community engagement.

Over 20 senior business figures, from a range of sectors, will be hosted by Business in the Community’s Stephen Howard and Carillion’s Chief Executive, Richard Howson at King’s Cross, looking particularly at the power of skills-based volunteering and Business Connectors.

The event will not only demonstrate the positive impact created in communities, but also the commercial value gained by business through greater local insights, enhanced reputation and a more engaged workforce.

Business leaders will hear from Carillion and Argent, who have led on the multimillion pound transformation of the King’s Cross area over the last ten years; they will also hear from Waitrose, who have one of their branches and a new cookery school in the area.

Delegates will also be joined by Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, who will speak about the importance of business leadership in our communities. Finally, delegates will hear from two Business Connectors – Sean Kelleher, seconded from the Ministry of Defence and connecting in Greenwich, and Jackie Crombie, seconded from Greggs and connecting in Camden.

The transformation of King’s Cross

Much of King’s Cross was an underused industrial wasteland; however it has now been transformed with homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and even a university. It’s a whole new piece of London with a brand new postcode, N1C.

King’s Cross is the largest mixed-use development in single ownership to be master-planned and developed in central London for over 150 years. £1 billion of construction is underway, with up to £1 million being spent every day.

As part of this development, Carillion have recruited 255 apprentices, taken on 21 BITC Ready for Work clients, offering four of them full-time employment. Supporting enterprise, education and employment in the area has been at the heart of the success of the King’s Cross project for Carillion and its partners. It serves as a fantastic illustration of what can be achieved when community sits at the heart of a business’ operations.

You can follow updates from the event via our live blog.