For some, business is all about profit, but there's a growing movement that recognises that as well as making money, business can actually be a force for good in the world. An increasing number of entrepeneurs, businsses and social enterprises understand that treating workers well, looking after the environment, encouraging creativity and ensuring suppliers are treated fairly not only makes for a happier world, but can also be good for business.
For September's Share Your Story we've invited 4 local businesses to come and share their experiences - the ups, downs, successes and challenges. They are all at different stages and in different fields but all have one thing in common: rather than trying to make their companies appear to be good, they are actually building businesses/social enterprises on genuinely happy, ethical and fair foundations.
Each speaker will have 20 minutes to share their story, and we'll have a bit of time at the end for Q&A.
Come along ready to be inspired and encouraged, to connect with local people on the same path as you, hear some great stories and to go away ready to live a better story yourself.
Doors will be open at 7pm, with the first story teller sharing around 7.20, so try to get there on time.
RUTH ANSLOW, JACK SIMMONDS AND AMY ANSLOW (HISBE FOOD)
Ruth, Amy and Jack were motivated to start hiSbe Food by the belief that business can be a force for good and serve the interests of the public and communities, not just a few shareholders and directors. They believe that by following a vision of “how it should be” people can transform whole industries. That's why hiSbe Food is reinventing the way supermarkets do business, with a social enterprise business model that puts happiness before profits.
MARK CAMPBELL (HIGGIDY)
After studying architecture at university Mark arrived at Higgidy after a number of years working on the field for Medair, with much of that time spent in Afghanistan. Upon returning to the UK in 2007 Mark joined friends at Higgidy and is now Managing Director. He has helped the company grow and develop, and they now have a multi-million pound turnover and distribute to all of the UK's major supermarkets. Crucially though Mark's role is also to ensure that Higgidy stick to, and are driven by, the values that have been held since day 1.
LAURENCE MCCAHILL (HAPPY STARTUP SCHOOL)
A recovering digital agency founder, Laurence co-founded The Happy Startup School as a backlash against the prevailing startup culture of high growth and fast exits. In less than 3 years this has grown into a 100,000 strong grass roots movement, having built their reputation on a series of game-changing events and programs.
MARCUS PIBWORTH AND IEVA ANCIUKEVICIUTE (MI SCRIBE)
Marcus and Ieva strive to show people how powerful simple visuals can be in opening up new perspectives, telling unique stories and discovering new ways of thinking and reaching unexpected solutions. Though workshops, facilitated meetings and graphic recording, they show people how visuals can be used to harvest collective knowledge, conquer fears and get moving. They have one simple motto, ‘Everybody Can Draw’ and that includes you!