In the last of her four discussions with writer and consultant on responsible business Tom Levitt, Linda Lewis probes further into what it means to be a responsible and sustainable business in the 21st century. The two discuss what it is that engages employees within a business setting, the growing phenomenon of “social enterprise”, and how such businesses differ from the mainstream. The role of “purpose” in business is explored; as is the changing nature of investment, which is increasingly being used to support businesses in creating positive social and environmental outcomes. The discussion is further explored from a historical perspective – what can we learn from hindsight that could improve business today?
Linda Lewis and former Labour MP Tom Levitt are back for their third discussion in a series inspired by Tom’s latest book, ‘The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community’. In this episode, they discuss how business can be a force for good both in combating hunger and in the better management of resources through the “circular economy”. Tom shares how he came to write the book, why engaging with smaller businesses is crucial to the cause and how Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, has emerged as a leader of the responsible and sustainable business movement.
Linda Lewis and former Labour MP Tom Levitt are back to discuss Tom’s latest book, The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community. In this episode, they focus on the role of businesses in the future of water availability, community, and the economy; and the future of humanity and the environment in general.
In the first episode of this brand new series, Linda Lewis is joined by Tom Levitt: author, former Labour MP and consultant on responsible business. They discuss Tom’s latest book, The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community, and why tackling the challenges of climate change, hunger and poor health makes sense in the long run for modern businesses – both within their companies and more broadly. Can business help change the future of climate change and human rights? Tom talks about why he thinks it can be done if businesses fully embrace a simple concept: long-term thinking.
On Company Casebook this week we're meeting Crowd for Angels to find out all about the business of running a crowd-funding platform. Fewer than one in ten of the companies wanting to raise funds via their platform get accepted. We'll be finding out how they choose which companies to help, and why increasingly they favour loans over equity as a way of helping small businesses get off the ground.
On Company Casebook this week we're listening in to the top secret world of secure communications and encryption - visiting Becrypt who provide secure IT solutions for just about every government department, the police and various local authorities. We'll be meeting the CEO Bernard Parsons and his team, and finding out about the hoops companies have to go through to be an approved government supplier.
Coming up on Company Casebook this week we’re meeting the team behind University Cribs, the student housing search engine matching students with letting agents, developers and halls of residence with over 120,000 rooms now listed on their site. They’re already operating in 26 university towns in England and Wales and have just added London. Find out how they’ve built their business on Company Casebook this week
That's Company Casebook with Linda Lewis where we’re finding out all about the business of exhibition management, talking to the firm behind the Master Investor show - held last Saturday at the Business Design Centre in Islington - and featuring the likes of investment gurus Jim Mellon and one-time UKP donor Arron Banks on stage. With over 4,000 private investors attending and over 100 exhibitors taking part to showcase their investment offerings, we'll be hearing from the organisers as to why they believe putting on investor shows is a growth area. And why people should get investing themselves to beat the banks' low interest rates.
This week on Company Casebook we're meeting two of the three founders of Mindful Chef - a healthy eating box distribution service where customers get everything they need to make a nutritious meal, delivered straight to their doorstep. The founders all hail from Devon and they went to school together. Since starting the business two years ago they've shipped over 350,000 boxes around the UK and are turning over currently £2.7 million. As well as making cooking videos for YouTube they've also published a cookbook - published this week. In the early days they were packing the boxes themselves then delivering them in what they call a Del Boy Trotter Van - so they've come quite a way.... as they've been telling Linda Lewis on Company Casebook.