13 August 2012
On Monday 9th July, key business leaders of the North East England met at Blackfriars restaurant in Newcastle for an evening of delicious food and debate. The topic covered was how businesses can improve their competitiveness and profitability through sustainable energy and practices, and what are the barriers to implementation.
Those taking part were: Brian Manning, chief executive, Esh Group; Mark Dowdall, environment and community director, Banks Group; Jonathan Walker, head of membership, North East Chamber of Commerce; Graham Neave, operations director, Northumbrian Water; Julian Atkinson, managing director, JC Atkinson and Son; David Bowles, chairman, Inova Power; Craig Iley, regional director, Santander; Richard Slade, owner, Battlesteads Pub; Stewart Watkins, managing director, Business Durham; Peter McDowall, business property director, Durham County Council; Paul Fitton, head of data centres, ITPS; Phil Hughes, executive chairman, tadea; Alan Jones, strategic business development manager, tadea; Brian Nicholls, editor, BQ Magazine and in the chair, Caroline Theobald.
The resulting debate was lively and resulted in the following call to actions for organisations:
• Reduce, re-use and recycle
• Have regular energy efficiency audits
• Do what else you can today
• Encourage “new and renewable” innovators
• Educate young people.
“Following this debate, tadea will focus more closely on helping businesses to improve their sustainability – both environmentally and financially”. Alan Jones, Strategic Business Development Manager, tadea, “By working towards a more energy efficient future, they will enjoy greater competitiveness and profitability as a result”.
Please read the full article on the BQ Live website