The Risk of Flooding to Local Firms in the UK

According to research from Foresight’s Flood and Coastal Defence Project, flooding in the UK costs the country about £2.2 billion per year. Currently, about £800 million is spent on flood defences per annum, with damages from flooding averaging roughly £1.4 billion. Businesses usually bear the brunt of flood damages, with the winter floods of 2015 … Continue reading The Risk of Flooding to Local Firms in the UK

UK Declares Climate Emergency

  The UK's parliament has just declared a climate and enviornmental emergency. Following continuous pressure from activists, the British parliament has followed the lead from the Scottish and Welsh governments who have both declared climate emergencies earlier this week. This marks a historic moment as the UK becomes the first country on the world stage … Continue reading UK Declares Climate Emergency

The UK Running Dry – What your Business Can Do To Combat the Coming Water Crisis

A speech by the UK’s Environment Agency's Sir James Bevan highlights the necessity of taking action now to prevent a water crisis. Backed up by research and collected into a phrase that he describes as "the jaws of death," the UK is currently on track for water shortages in the next couple of decades. Water companies … Continue reading The UK Running Dry – What your Business Can Do To Combat the Coming Water Crisis

Global Goal 12 – Switching to Sustainable Packaging – UK Tax

In October 2018, the UK's finance minister Philip Hammond announced a tax on plastic packaging which does not reach a minimum 30% threshold of recycled content. This tax will be introduced by April 2022. At just under three years away, small and medium sized enterprises should plan to introduce changes sooner rather than later. There … Continue reading Global Goal 12 – Switching to Sustainable Packaging – UK Tax

Be SMART When Setting Goals

Many companies fall short of achieving their goals and targets. Use a SMART approach. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Whether you’re setting objectives professionally for a business or privately for personal development, setting SMART is a well-recognised strategy that you have probably heard of before. SMART? Specific – Identify the core … Continue reading Be SMART When Setting Goals

SMEs in the UK see Slight Decline in Innovating

Consistent evidence published by the Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) and backed up by the UK’s Innovative Survey 2017, presents a consistent trend of SMEs not spending on innovative technologies, products, or services. LSBS’s research shows a decline from 53% between 2012-2014 to 49% between 2014-2016 of ‘innovative active’ small and medium sized enterprises. Research … Continue reading SMEs in the UK see Slight Decline in Innovating

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis was originally coined by a management consultant named Albert Humphrey at the Stanford Research Institute. He recognised that corporate planning had met with little success, and so developed the SWOT Analysis as a central framework for medium and long-term planning efforts. Its popularity has soared ever since its conception in the 1960s. It … Continue reading SWOT Analysis

Bringing Ecological Modernisation to Attention – Sustainable Buildings

Ecological modernisation, a term introduced by sociologists Joseph Huber and Martin Jänicke, puts stress on the importance of environmental policy. It argues that alongside the ambitions for individuals to act sustainably, comes the opportunities to stimulate both the economy and technological innovation. How does this relate to the development of sustainable buildings? Dr. Márton Herczeg … Continue reading Bringing Ecological Modernisation to Attention – Sustainable Buildings

Sustainability: An Endless Opportunity For Small & Medium Enterprises

Sustainability -  "A term we use to describe programmes, products and practices developed around enviornmental and social considerations" - Sheila Bonini, and Steven Swartz Businesses everywhere are realising the potential of integrating sustainable approaches into their current business model. Leading market research brings to light the numerous benefits of sustainable strategies. Neilson's Sustainability report in … Continue reading Sustainability: An Endless Opportunity For Small & Medium Enterprises