B Corp Fest 2024
DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday 5th June 2024 Registration desk opens at 9:30 am – please allow time for parking as we are expecting the venue to be busy.
Approximately 100 representatives from predominantly Lancashire but also representatives from Greater Manchester and the Northwest too.
Exhibitors to arrive from 8am to be ready for 9am when registration opens. Please let [email protected] know if you require electricity for your stand.
PANEL & SPEAKERS
Please arrive in plenty of time for our panel briefing at 9 am so we can have a quick catch up prior to the event. We will also do a quick group photograph at this point.
HOW TO GET HERE
Our attendees represent businesses and businesses and business support agencies from across Lancashire and the North West who have an interest in B Corp and Net Zero.
For those businesses who have none or very little knowledge of B Corp to raise awareness to businesses about the positive benefits of becoming a B Corp and the practical steps involved. For those businesses who have started their B Corp Business Impact Assessment and need more targeted help and support.
This is not a ‘death by presentation or panel’, it is intended to be a motivating, fun-filled event ‘festival style’ where there are a couple of high-level motivational big-name speakers and a panel to inspire everyone at the beginning.
B Corp Action Plan
Like a festival with different stages, after lunch everyone then goes into different zones for the rest of the day. It’s designed so you move around the farm into different areas where B Leaders will act as facilitators helping people and inspiring them on their B Corp journeys. At the end of each facilitated session, you will complete your B Corp Action Plan – we have an aim that every delegate leaves with a personalised plan to help you on your B Corp journey…
Zone 1: Employee Engagement
Location: Wheatsheaf Bar
Zone 2: Sustainability
Location: Wheatsheaf Barn
Zone 3: Community engagement
Location: Crackerjack’s Corner (upstairs)
Zone 4: General B Corp
Location: Llama Lounge
Zone 5: Legal run by Brabners
Location: Rear of Events Barn
The event will be filmed, and photographs taken throughout the day…
View the Agenda…
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Meet the Speakers and Participants
Alan Mayon – Founder of Brewgooder
Brewgooder is an impact beer brand and B Corp which was the UK’s fastest growing beer brand in 2022. Brewgooder has been awarded B Corporation ‘Best for the World’ company in 2019, 2021, 2022.
Since 2016 Brewgooder has invested £200k in dozens of community projects providing access to clean water internationally and access to healthy food at home, which has seen it recognised as a B Corp “Best for the World” company for community three years in a row.
Alan started his career fighting homelessness in Scotland with Social Bite, designing and executing campaigns that raised over £10m since 2013. In 2019 Alan was recognised by the Big Issue Top 100 Changemakers.
Annie Olivier – Head of Growth at B Lab UK
B Lab UK is the non profit organisation that certifies B Corps. For the past ten years she has been growing movements that are on a mission to transform our economic system for the benefit of people and the planet. With a background in programme design and small business support, Annie thinks about what kind of support businesses need to gain B Corp certification, and how to grow the community in an inclusive way.
Andrew Leeming (Facilitator) – Lancashire County Council
Andrew is a senior figure in Lancashire County Council’s Business Growth and Innovation team, helping Lancashire’s businesses access a range of specialist business support. Andrew played a lead role in creating and launching Boost in 2013, and is now the manager of Boost which has since helped more than 12,000 businesses access support.
In his role leading Boost, Andrew is found across the region speaking to business leaders, support providers, policymakers and enablers, helping connect them to Boost and its partners to help growth-hungry Lancashire businesses achieve their aspirations.
Celia Gaze – Founder and CEO of The Wellbeing Farm
The Wellbeing Farm is the first independent B Corp certified wedding venue in the UK. The farm was transformed from a neglected and disused agricultural operation to a quirky, fun, award-winning wedding and events venue and is seen as one of the most sustainable green and carbon-neutral venues in the UK. She is the author of ‘Why Put a Bow Tie on a Llama? How a crazy idea can change your life and transform your business’, which documents how the business changed her life.
EMPLOYEE WELLBEING AND ENGAGEMENT ZONE
Donald Moore is chair of One+All an SME in Stockport. Established in 1935 it became employee owned in 2015 and a B Corp in 2020 – best for the world (top 5%) for workers. He is an advocate for the real living wage, good employment, poverty and business for good.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ZONE
Richard Dickson is the Co Founder and Head of Engagement at Play It Green. Play It Green is an award-winning B-Corp accredited sustainability business who scored in the top 5% in the world for governance and they run their business on a transparent, ‘conscious capitalist’ model.
Everything they do delivers upon their 3-step solution to climate change of reduce, repair and regive.
- Reducing carbon footprints of people and businesses.
- Repairing the planet (and rebalancing footprints) through reforestation.
- Regiving vital funds to good causes to create increased social impact.
Fiona Ras-Jones is Founder of Make Impact, who help purpose led companies and those who want to become one to clearly articulate their purpose, design their mission to achieve it and engage their teams to take their impact further, faster. She has a background in social innovation, business development and social enterprise and is a B Corp B Leader.
Stephen Sykes currently manages the Chamber Low Carbon programme, a joint venture between the two Lancashire Chambers of Commerce. A £6m programme providing advice and guidance to businesses across Lancashire to help them reduce their carbon footprint, reduce costs and improve performance, promoting the installation of on-site renewable energy generation as well as enabling them to develop and bring new low carbon technology innovations and products to market.
Richard Hagen is the Owner & Managing Director or Crystal Doors (B Corp Certified) which was founded by Richard in 1994. Richard is a passionate environmentalist; under his leadership Crystal Doors has become a national leader in sustainable manufacturing and he is regularly invited to speak about how he is transforming the business in response to the climate emergency. Richard will be able to explain why better cooperation champions employees, customers, and community.
B Corp General ZONe
Kyle Soo is Partnerships and Product Manager at B Lab UK, he’s also based in Manchester.
Completing the B Impact Assessment (BIA) is a key element of B Corp Certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification to measure a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The assessment currently covers five impact areas: Governance, Environment, Customers, Community and Workers. Receiving a minimum verified score of 80 points on the assessment is also the first step towards B Corp Certification. Representatives from B Lab UK will be on hand to help you with personalised 1:1 trouble shooting and supporting you with any struggles you are experiencing with your BIA.
Simon Lewis is an experienced corporate lawyer and passionate about Net Zero.
All companies seeking to become a B Corp must meet the B Corp legal requirement and update their Articles of Association to include mission-aligned legal language.
Making the legal change prior to certification is required for all companies with 0-49 full time employees. For businesses with more than 50 employees, additional time is granted depending on the company’s legal structure – limited companies will have up to a year after certification to complete the legal change, and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) will have 90 days.
The Legal Requirement is an expression of a company’s purpose beyond making profit and, once adopted, the duties of directors are reframes to achieve a material positive impact on society and the environment.
Eden Project Communities
The Eden Project is an educational charity that endeavours to connect people with the natural world and each other. Through our flagship project, The Big Lunch, and programme of events, Eden Project Communities supports ordinary people to do extraordinary things as they build their skills and confidence to create positive change where they live. We believe we need strong, connected communities to support each other and protect our planet, and our mission is to bring people together and encourage them to actively engage with one another to create a happier and healthier community. Come and hear all about the exciting plans to build Eden North in Morecambe.
The Wellbeing Farm
The Wellbeing Farm is a fun, unique and sustainable wedding and events venue where we offer exclusive space for companies and couples. Whether it’s a company party, Christmas party, wedding, celebration or corporate away day and team building event, we can help you plan and deliver it. Have a go on our ‘spin to win’ game today to see what offers you can walk away with…
Play It Green
Meet the two co founders of Play It Green and find out more about their award winning service and solutions. From hospitality to events, from business to sports, Play It Green has tailor made sustainability and impact solutions to help your organisation reduce its footprint and increase its positive impact. Learn how to make your business a force for good where your profit is something you can be proud of from the people helping hundreds of organisations in 9 countries do just that.
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, BOOST and Local Authority partners are supporting Lancashire businesses in saving money, reducing their carbon footprint, stimulating low carbon innovation, and achieving their Net Zero Carbon ambitions.
These UK Government supported programmes are committed to the provision of a suite of FULLY FUNDED services aimed to help businesses improve energy and environmental efficiencies, introduce on site renewable energy generation and save money.
We’re also here to help you if you are developing a new piece of low carbon technology and want to get it into the market, see it manufactured locally or find your dream customer.
Every eligible business (Lancashire based of any size), signing up to the projects are entitled to fully funded support in environmental and energy saving/efficiency good practice, developing Net Zero targets and Carbon Reduction Plans and guidance on low carbon technology adoption. The support will be delivered via a suite of events, masterclasses and 1-2-1 bespoke support.
Boost Business Lancashire
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Our purpose is to help Lancashire’s businesses grow. Boost is a £6.0m Growth Hub backed by the ERDF, led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council.
Through Boost, Lancashire businesses from start-ups to large companies can get access to a number of funded programmes in areas such as mentoring, scaling up, innovation, international trade, leadership development, and accessing finance.
We can also help businesses navigate the plethora of national business support programmes to find the support they need.
Community & Business Partners
Community & Business Partners CIC is an ethical, award winning, not-for-profit organisation based in Blackburn providing excellence in services to Lancashire, The North West and UK, with a global reach through our Home Office Endorsing Body status. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Social Governance is at the very heart of everything they do. A guaranteed percentage of their fees, revenue and surplus is invested directly into their Social, Charitable and Voluntary Impact activities, positively supporting and improving the day to day lives of the people within all our communities.
2030Hub is the world’s first UN Local2030 Hub, created to make cities and businesses stronger, and they are a certified B Corp. Built around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (also called the Global Goals) and the B Corp movement, they inspire, cross-fertilise and support places and businesses wanting to accelerate positive impact.
Brabners is the UK’s largest law firm – and first outside London – to achieve B-Corp status. They will be at B Corp Fest to advise on any legal issues around B Corp Certification and also how it affects investment.
Thank you so much for coming, participating, networking and for experiencing a festival-style business event.
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