After 30 years working in the corporate world up to board level, I changed direction to work in the voluntary sector. It was then that I began to see untapped opportunities for the business and voluntary sectors to work together. This blend of commercial and charity experience led to my passion for “business for good”.
I’m driven by two distinct needs that can combine to benefit each other: for businesses to differentiate and grow, and to address social needs. It’s about responsible business that’s doing good, creating social value and making money at the same time.
Presentation Title – Morning Session:
Starting up and running your business – so what are your priorities?
Setting up and running a business is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you might ever do. So what are the most important things you should focus on? Sure, great products – exceptional people – excellence in customer service – brand, marketing and promotion – finance. No time then for considering your purpose, CSR, doing good, concern for the environment or developing creative, cross-sector collaborations? Join us at this session to learn how, these elements can be embedded in your business to become the fuel for those vital, headline components of successful businesses – and how, if you don’t, you’ll be left in the wake of your competition.
Presentation Title – Afternoon Session:
Workplace wellbeing – Oxfordshire businesses supporting each other to attract, support and retain their people
Workplace Wellbeing is an increasingly important topic – evidenced by the various expert speakers and topics at BIO this year. But when you go back to your desk, how will you either implement a programme to support your people, or enhance, develop and support what you already have in place? The Oxfordshire Workplace Wellbeing Network is here to help. It is supported by leading employers like Unipart, The Oxford Bus Company and Oxfordshire County Council – and it’s growing. Join this session to find out more.