Blog posts from Ann Kelly

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12 days of social enterprises

Make a difference with your gifts this Christmas

by Ann Kelly 29 November 2016 - 4:21pm

This Christmas, spread the seasonal cheer even further by picking gifts made by social enterprises – companies with a social or environmental purpose at their heart.  Buying social helps...

Fran Hughes, Director, International Tourism Partnership

Director spotlight: Fran Hughes of the International Tourism Partnership

by Ann Kelly 19 August 2016 - 5:14pm

Fran Hughes is Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), which works with hotel companies across the globe to tackle social and environmental issues.  As ITP prepares to...

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What I learned from judging the Asda Environmental Leadership Award

by Ann Kelly 4 July 2016 - 5:27pm

Karen Todd, Senior Manager, Zero Waste Sustainable Business at Asda, was the Chair of the judging panel for the Asda Environmental Leadership Award.  We caught up with her and asked why...

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Fujitsu: Meeting the challenge of global megatrends

by Ann Kelly 8 June 2016 - 4:28pm

On 11 July 2016, Fujitsu, our Responsible Business of the Year, will be showing how digital innovation can tackle some of the massive global trends – or megatrends – that are challenging business...

Bert van Son, Chief Executive, MUD Jeans

Why conscious consumers rent their jeans: Q&A with Bert van Son, CEO of MUD Jeans

by Ann Kelly 9 May 2016 - 2:46pm

Bert van Son started MUD Jeans in 2012, aiming to make sustainable, stylish clothes using circular economy principles.   Before his...

Carillion: Learning to Live Together

by Ann Kelly 21 April 2016 - 11:04am

As Carillion host a Community Investment Showcase for Responsible Business Week, demonstrating how their involvement in the community in the Kings Cross area is directly helping community...

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Building social mobility into company DNA

by Ann Kelly 20 April 2016 - 2:43pm

Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer, Standard Life was a panellist on the Connecting the Unconnected event at BITC's Responsible Business Week Hub event, speaking on how his company is...

Green & Lean from Sodexo: infographic detail

RBWeek 2016: How Sodexo are making meals Green & Lean

by Ann Kelly 23 February 2016 - 11:56am

Sodexo UK and Ireland's Exec Chef Tom Allen, and Head of Dietetics, Wan Mak, explain how the facilies management company's Green & Lean project is making meals more sustainable - but...

Flooding in Cumbria, December 2015

Protecting water supply from floods - the water companies' view.

by Ann Kelly 20 January 2016 - 3:54pm

In the wake of the serious floods which affected communities in the north of England and Scottish borders this winter, we spoke to water companies and BITC Water Taskforce members...

Leslie Alfin, founder of PRACTivate

Introducing the social enterprise innovators

by Ann Kelly 20 November 2015 - 3:27pm

Since 2012, Business in the Community's social enterprise support programme arc been providing business expertise, training and...

Goldman Sachs: Meet the entrepreneurs

by Ann Kelly 20 April 2015 - 3:05pm

Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme taps into the...

Caoire Blakemore, Commercial Director, Blakemore Fine Foods

Leader interview: Caoire Blakemore, Blakemore Fine Foods, winners of the Enterprise Growth Award

by Ann Kelly 30 March 2015 - 12:13pm

Blakemore Fine Foods were the winners of the ASDA Enterprise Growth Award 2014, in recognition of how they were helping small producers access new markets.  We spoke to their Commercial...

Louis and Billy - from the Acorn Environment Services Young Persons Development Model

How Acorn Environment Services is giving disengaged young people a future through work experience

by Ann Kelly 19 March 2015 - 2:24pm

John Wilkson, Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Environment Services explains how his company has scaled up a solution to a very personal problem into the Young Person's Development Model, ...

A vote going into a ballot box - graphic

National Voter Registration Day

by Ann Kelly 5 February 2015 - 10:23am

Alex Robertson, Director of Communication at  the Electoral Commission explains why he's asking companies to get on board with National Voter Registration Day.


Grant Brighten, Business Connector for Peterborough

Connecting on the inside: Business Connector Grant Brighten talks about his work with Peterborough Prison

by Ann Kelly 27 January 2015 - 11:43am

Grant Brighten recently completed 18 months as a Business Connector for Peterborough, seconded from Home Retail Group, where he worked as an Argos store manager. We spoke to him about the...

Peter Walls, Chief Executive, Gentoo Group

Leader interview: Peter Walls, Chief Executive, Gentoo Group, winner of the 2014 Bupa Workwell Award

by Ann Kelly 26 January 2015 - 4:49pm

Gentoo Group is a large social enterprise based in the North East of England.  It was the winner of the Bupa Workwell Award at the 2014 Responsible Business Awards for their Happy, Healthy...

Ian Munro, Group Chief Executive, New Charter Housing Group

Leader interview: Ian Munro, Group Chief Executive of New Charter Housing Group, winners of the Building Stronger Communities award.

by Ann Kelly 7 January 2015 - 5:28pm

Ian Munro, Group Chief Executive of New Charter Housing Trust Group took some time to talk to us about his company’s Inspire programme, for which it won our Building Stronger Communities...

Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of Camden Town Unlimited, in front of his ASDA Enterprise Growth Award trophy

Leader interview: Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of Camden Town Unlimited, winners of the ASDA Enterprise Growth Award 2014

by Ann Kelly 9 December 2014 - 1:55pm

Business Improvement District Camden Town Unlimited won the ASDA Enterprise Growth Responsible Business Award (Small Company) 2014 for its Collective project. Their CEO Simon Pitkeathley...

Andy Wood, Chief Executive, Adnams

Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams Southwold, talks about responsible leadership

by Ann Kelly 27 June 2014 - 3:19pm

Andy Wood has been CEO of Adnams Plc since 1994. The award-winning brewer, distiller and wine merchant, which also runs its own pubs and hotels, is known for having a strong social and...

Adopt-a-plant day at Matchtech Group's offices

Matchtech Group: Doing their bit for Green Week

by Ann Kelly 10 June 2014 - 9:59am

Between May 12 - 16, BITC member Matchtech Group ran Green Week, an eco-initiative aimed at raising awareness and getting staff more engaged and involved with activities they could do to be  ‘...