Author Archives: Carole Longden

What’s going on in CSR?


What’s going on in CSR? Find out on 10th Feb at Stoneleigh Park

Gain new ideas from Caterpillar, adi Group, KPMG, NFU Mutual, Phoenix Group, National Grid and The New Optimist Forum. Book now for a two for one offer.

Discover great ways to build your CSR culture while building passion, productivity and profits. Why not exhibit at the event or become a VIP Sponsor to gain valuable new contacts. This year’s headline sponsor is the innovative and award winning multi-disciplined engineering company adi Group.

This inspiring event brings together both seasoned and new practitioners to share, network, learn and exhibit. Book two places for the price of one.

CSR Showcase 2015

As well as an eclectic mix of talks and interactive workshop style sessions, you will benefit from a complementary exhibition and networking opportunities and a vibrant Q & A panel.

Book two places for the price of one now – or email to pay…

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CSR means business at Stoneleigh

Tuesday 10th February sees the return of the successful CSR Showcase conference and exhibition supported by a dynamic line up of speakers and exhibitors from wide ranging businesses. This year the event will be held in the Stareton Suite at Stoneleigh Park, nr Kenilworth.

The conference is sponsored by the award winning multi-disciplined engineering company adi Group who will also be speaking along with other speakers who include National Grid, KPMG, NFU Mutual, Phoenix Group, Caterpillar and The New Optimists. 

In partnership with Heart Research UK, for every delegate or exhibitor attending, a tree will be planted in the Forest of Hearts, a community Forest Garden on the outskirts of Stratford. 30% of the tree planting costs will be donated to Heart Research UK to support Midlands based healthy hearts projects.

Delegates can currently book a ‘2 for 1’ offer on tickets to either bring a colleague or sponsor partners in their supply chain to join the conference and hear best practice tips on ‘doing the right thing’ in business.

The speakers will be covering aspects of corporate social responsibility including apprenticeships, employment for young people with learning disabilities, delivering integrated corporate social responsibility programmes covering community support, the environment and employee engagement.

An every growing list of notable exhibitors will support the conference touching on employee wellbeing and nutrition, development opportunities for disabled and young people, agro forestry, energy, apprenticeships, charitable and volunteer organisations seeking business partnerships.

Tree planting for UK CSR Showcase

Helen Cuthill (centre) from KPMG and a team plant trees kindly donated by The Woodland Trust in The Forest of Hearts. Helen, a speaker at the CSR Showcase on 10th February 2015 at Stoneleigh is helping the Forest of Hearts, a charity, to develop its CSR practices in lovely Warwickshire countryside.


The team from the UK CSR Showcase will plant a tree for each delegate who attends this informative and enjoyable event with this great line up of speakers;

James Sopwith, adi Group; Rob Jones, NFU Mutual; Jane Petcher, Caterpillar; Dave Tilley, National Grid; Lucy Symonds, Phoenix Group; Kate Cooper, New Optimists and of course, Helen Cuthill, KPMG

Book two tickets for the price of one at only £199 here.

James Sopwith, Group Sales and Marketing Director at adi Group comments, “adi is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the UK CSR Showcase 2015 and we are pleased to be able to share the adi CSR story at this great event”

For more information about adi Group click here.


CSR Showcase supports tree planting

Are you all heart?


Tree planting for CSR Showcase 2015

Discover why the CSR Showcase 2015 is all “heart”. On February 10th you can network with like minded professionals who believe in doing well and doing good. Hear from a fabulous line-up of speakers from National Grid, KPMG, adi Group, Caterpillar, The New Optimists and NFU Mutual to find out what they are doing to improve their business through focused Corporate Social Responsibility. By attending the event you will also have a tree planted for you in The Forest of Hearts and help to raise money for Heart Research UK, as £10 will be donated for each ticket sold.

There’s also a great exhibition to visit where you can make lots of useful contacts to help sustain your commitment to CSR in a way that delivers real return on investment. So book your place now and catch the earlybird price before it closes.

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Greener Futures in Stratford upon Avon

Annette Gann has been busy helping to create a Greener Future for the lovely district of Stratford upon Avon. Take the survey now!

Stratford District Council in partnership with a number of local businesses is endorsing the ‘Greener Futures’ initiative, organised by CSR Showcase, to work with district residents, businesses and schools and colleges to jointly create a greener, more sustainable legacy for future generations to counteract climate change, save money and create new greener habits.
We’re inviting district residents, businesses and schools and colleges to register to take part in ‘Greener Futures’ a 6 month structured Initiative to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
We’ll save money and acquire greener more sustainable habits to help future generations and while we do this, we’ll be raising money for the new Stratford Hospital Cancer Unit and Eye Appeal and Children’s Air Ambulance Service.
FIRSTLY, we’d like to find out whether this sounds like something you want to be involved with – please complete our brief survey open until 29th September – Once we’ve established that there is sufficient interest, we’ll communicate the next steps and launch of the Greener Futures initiative.

CSR Charity Team Challenge 12th June 2014

Thanks to all the wonderful speakers and chair at the CSR Showcase yesterday and to all the delegates and exhibitors who braved the weather to champion the cause of CSR.

Tree huggers alive and well in Warwickshire!

Carole Longden is delighted to announce that some of the most cherished supporters of The Heart of England Forest are to attend The UK CSR Showcase on 11th February at Ragley Hall.

“We are really pleased that some of the Heart of England Forest’s most supportive tree hugging friends will be joining us at the Showcase – to share the business and well-being of tree planting in Warwickshire. Also, if you book before 17th January you can take advantage of our “two for one” special offer.”

CSR and tree planting in The Heart of England Forest 1

You can join five innovative organisations which have supported woodland creation in The Heart of England Forest and discover more about this beautiful forest;

  • The Phoenix Group
  • Tata Technologies
  • McFarlane Telfer
  • dmg:events
  • The Forestry Commission

“We will plant 5 trees for every delegate that attends the CSR Showcase, so you can do good, give back and take away lots of new ideas and contacts” adds Carole from

There’s a great chance to collaborate with other companies who are on their CSR journey. For more information visit

UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase News

UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase –Breaking News from Annette Gann of Camden 360 Communications

As I write, I am more than a little delighted to announce that Carillion, the global services provider who have been heavily involved over the past few years in the construction of the acclaimed new modern Birmingham Library development, will be speaking during the conference. To secure your place on the early bird rate – simply visit


Doing Well By Doing Good

Recently I was very fortunate to spend the day in the company of some truly inspiring business people who had seamlessly woven a CSR culture throughout the very fabric of their business.

After several years of corporate life, Jane Walker from the Philippine Children’s Foundation, a charity established twenty years ago, spoke about the powerful impact of meeting someone who is worse off than you.

On an early visit to the Philippines, she witnessed thousands of children in Manila spending their days hooking out rubbish from the dump and filling up sacks in the hope of gaining some kind of return on their dump treasures. She conceived a bold goal to educate every child on the dump site and end child poverty there. By continually asking the right people, eventually she found an engineering company willing to help her build a school on the dump from disused container lorries.

Laura Tenison, Founder of Jojo Maman Bebe the distinctive children’s clothing company talked about the strong environmental and ethical culture running across the business. “We encourage philanthropy and actively manage our customers so that they don’t buy unnecessarily”. How often do you hear a business take that approach in business. Yet Laura simply believes that good values = good business which is probably why she has managed to sustain a strong and successful business over a 20 year period.

Her teams are targeted on reducing the environment impact of the business because she proudly advocates an independent ethos to put people and planet above profit. She does this through a happy workforce with an engaging and positive ethos that customers find  attractive – she believes very strongly in doing well by doing good.

On 11th February at the UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase, Roisin Currie, Group People Director from Greggs, the well-known bakery chain, will talk to delegates about how they have crafted a strong and engaged workforce and the part that their approach to philanthropy has played in this. They have raised almost a million pounds for Children in Need alone and regularly run breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas and provide hardship grants to those that need it.

At a time when poverty is a hot topic everywhere you look from developing countries to the so-called developed world  – it’s more than a little encouraging to see the business world earnestly giving something back and setting a strong example to future generations of leaders.

It is however important to remember that every contribution whether it be financial or through voluntary contribution, is helpful. So business giving is a value that can be embedded in small to medium to large organisations alike and is a huge unifer and liberator for employees.

Annette Gann Camden 360 Communications

Friends enjoy a 10% discount

Grab a bargain and book your discount place at the UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire for only £90 for a delegate place for our affiliate groups including SBF, AAW and FSB.

Click here to book your special rate place at UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase 2014 .

A great line up of speakers from Tata Technologies, HS2, Greggs, The Co-operative Group, Pubstuff, The New Optimist Forum will inspire and inform you.

As well as an eclectic mix of talks and interactive workshop style sessions, you will benefit from a complementary exhibition, networking opportunities and a vibrant Q & A panel.


More and more organisations are recognising the value of having a defined corporate social responsibility strategy for the whole business identify with and delivery upon. Great reputations are built upon what you do rather than what you say.

Whether you fall into this category and are already implementing a strategy or you have limited awareness but sufficient interest in commencing your journey, the UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase 2014 is an absolute must for you to attend.

If you are responsible for HR, Marketing, Health, Safety and the Environment, or the Supply Chain, or you have complete responsibility for CSR within your business, then you will find that all of these areas will be addressed during this daylong event.

This inaugural event brings together both seasoned and new practitioners to share, network, learn and exhibit.

As well as an eclectic mix of talks and interactive workshop style sessions, you will benefit from a complementary exhibition, networking opportunities and a vibrant Q & A panel. Registration for this is just £199 + VAT for the day and includes entrance, refreshments, lunch as well as a set of conference proceedings which will be provided afterwards.

E-mail if you would like to book a stand, reserve a delegate space or are interested in advertising or sponsorship opportunities.

We hope that this national event will provide an enduring forum that we can evolve together to create a supportive arena to discuss CSR and watch it flourish in the coming years.