Good public relations means living values as well as communicating them. That’s why we decided to test our sustainability credentials by taking part in the NUS Green Impact scheme for the first time this year.
The scheme, run by the NUS for Winchester City Council, encourages businesses throughout the district to make meaningful changes in behaviour to reduce their carbon emissions.
Given our relatively small size, we were delighted to collect a Silver award from the Mayor, Councillor Frank Pearson at a celebration in Winchester Guildhall on 9 November. The event gave us a fantastic opportunity to chat with like-minded businesses about everything green, from the benefits and challenges of being a sustainable small business to the rising problem of single-use plastics.
It was inspiring to hear about creative solutions achieved by other local businesses including smart irrigation systems and plastic-free plant pots at Kirton Farm Nurseries and the coffee cup levy at University of Winchester. We left the event with our belief reinforced that sustainability isn’t just a positive for the environment, it makes good business sense.
We look forward to introducing fresh ideas to further reduce our carbon emissions and going for gold next year!