Innovation: Integrating technical, collaborative and behavioural solutions to problems

The Water programme aims to catalyse innovation by suggesting how research activity can be better targeted to help businesses be more water resilient.

We currently have three key projects in this area:

Unflushables

We are bringing together a collaboration to explore product development and behaviour change to reduce the impact of products such as wet wipes disposed via the toilet.

Fat Traps

Working with the water companies, Water UK, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose we helped scale up the initiative to give out fat traps/funnels at Christmas, seeing more than 250,000 devices distributed across the UK in 2014.

Energy recovery

This project will explore the opportunities for energy from waste related to ‘fatbergs’ and anaerobic digestion of sewage and other materials (project currently being scoped).

 

Why should we invest in teachers?

19 January 2018 - 11:04am
Ian Duffy, BP, and Yvonne Baker, STEM Learning Ltd, discuss the challenges surrounding the retention of teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).   Most readers will know that the UK is in the midst of an ongoing STEM skills shortage, particularly in...

More life wins in 2018 thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery

18 January 2018 - 11:07am
Business in the Community has once again received funding from People’s Postcode Lottery, helping us to transform lives and communities through employment. Read more.

New project designed to change the lives of both men and women

18 January 2018 - 9:27am
Chloe Chambraud, Business in the Community Gender Equality Director, introduces a new groundbreaking project. We spend 35% of our waking hours at work - almost a third of our lives - but our so-called “work-life balance” has deteriorated over the last few years. Given the fact that work-life...

The Government's 25 Year Environment Plan

15 January 2018 - 1:58pm
Business in the Community welcomes the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, launched by the Prime Minister last week as a cross Governmental strategy with...

Business in the Community Chair and Sky Group CEO Jeremy Darroch appointed as WWF UK Ambassador

5 January 2018 - 3:54pm
Business in the Community is delighted that Jeremy Darroch, Sky Group CEO, has been appointed as WWF UK Ambassador. This follows his recent appointment as our Chair at the beginning of this year. Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, commented: “We are proud that our...

Regaining confidence through Ready for Work

2 January 2018 - 4:03pm
Single mum Kara had been out of work for six years before she found out about Ready for Work. In her late teens Kara had worked as a cleaner, but when she had her son she had to...

What next for Business in the Community and Education?

6 November 2017 - 8:34pm
Rachael Saunders, Education Director at Business in the Community, on the change that is needed to make the most of the talent and ability of every child in the UK I have been Education Director at Business in the Community for 61 days – I am counting! There is a huge depth of knowledge...
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Mental Health at Work and the elephant in the room

4 October 2017 - 4:02am
    Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director shares her shock and anger at the statistics within the Mental Health at Work Report published today.  2017 has seen an unacceptable rise in the number of employees facing negative consequences from disclosing mental health issues...

Turning the Tide: London's super sewer sets a new standard in responsible recruitment

21 July 2017 - 9:33am
It’s hard to get your head around the sheer size and scale of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London’s solution to sewage overflow into the river Thames. Once constructed, it will be 7.2 m in diameter and will span the length of 250 football pitches, running from Acton in the West to Greenwich in the...
Power of positive shopping

The Power of Positive Shopping

12 June 2017 - 10:40am
Jane Langley, Founder and Curator of BluePatch.org on her campaign to connect makers, retailers and shoppers   Despite the fact that the UK is a global leader in the creative industries generating £87.4bn a year for the UK economy, our sustainable local makers, designers and artisans struggle to...

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Key contact

Gudrun Cartwright
Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Marketplace Sustainability.

T: 07718 792 226
E:
gudrun.cartwright@bitc.org.uk

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