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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.

1,000 Trees Planted in the Heart of England Forest for CSRShowcase

Tuesday 11th February 2014 saw the inaugural CSR Showcase at Ragley Hall organised by Longden Ltd and Camden 360 Communications. The event, which featured 17 national and regional exhibitors and speakers from HS2, Carillion Plc, Pub Stuff Ltd, The New Optimists, The Co-operative Group and Greggs Plc attracted more than 100 micro, small, medium and large sized delegates.

Each participant, speaker or delegate was allocated a number of trees to mark their participation. As a result, 1,000 trees have now been planted in the Heart of England Forest to mark the event.

“Our goal was to create a forum and raise awareness about corporate social responsibility and the role we all have, as business owners, in collectively giving back to our communities and stakeholders” said Carole Longden, MD of Longden Ltd, one of the organisers.

“It was really encouraging to see the mix of CSR exemplars and companies new to the concept, willing to learn, talk and share, their experiences. With so many cuts to public spending – now is the time for business to step forward and make changes to so many different areas of society and environment” said co-organiser Annette Gann of Camden 360 Communications.

Talks incorporated discussions around employee engagement, community giving and volunteering, sustainable products and supply chains, community and stakeholder management, as well as interactive working and networking.

The event was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in conjunction with Coventry University’s Open innovation project at the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship.

Exhibitors included regional and national companies including: Jutton Associates, Natural Solutions, Possage Design and Print, Baby Lifeline, City Year UK, Digital Energy, Educational Musicals, Heart of England Forest, The Forestry Commission, Camden 360 Communications, Longden Ltd, Orbit Heart of England Housing and Growth Accelerator.

Delegates included attendees from Eriks Industrial, Centrica Energy, The Phoenix Group, Finning (UK) Ltd, Goldcrest Cleaning, McFarlane Telfer and ADI Ltd.

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  1. The UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase is in its first year and has been organised by Longden Ltd – and Camden 360 Communications
  2. For more information on the speakers or the event please contact Annette Gann, 07415 864429, or Carole Longden, 07774 424404,
  3. Further information on the UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase can be found at
  4. For more information on the Open Innovation project and how to get involved contact Louise Marjoram on 0797 498 4283 or email

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.

Coventry University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship announce partnership for major business conference


Coventry University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship (IAE) have announced their partnership of the inaugural UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase to be held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on Tuesday 11th February.

The one-day event, which is being organised by Camden 360 Communications and Longden Ltd, is aimed at sharing the best practice and business benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for both small to medium sized businesses and corporates.

Louise Marjoram, Senior Project Manager, from the IAE said, “We are delighted to align with the CSR & Sustainability Showcase. The line-up of corporate speakers will address a wide range of CSR topics as will the exhibitors taking part in the complementary exhibition running in parallel. It’s a great opportunity to learn what CSR is all about or top up existing knowledge.”

“As early indications show improvements in the economy, interest in CSR is increasing as a business philosophy for doing good and also as a competitive differentiator when it comes to reputation building, attracting and retaining new employees and establishing sustainable business practices. These all positively impact the bottom line.” She continued, “Many corporates have a well-established and evolving approach to CSR which they will share at the showcase so we see this event as a great platform for small and medium sized businesses to not only learn from this but to share what they are doing too”.

The IAE will share its latest business support package – The Open Innovation Programme (Innovation University Enterprise Network), offering West Midlands SMEs FREE bespoke business consultancy. The IAE aims to forge new partnerships with large organisations as well as promote the programme to targeted SMEs. Interested companies will be invited to join the IAE network, enabling them to keep in touch with future support for small businesses. The exhibit will also showcase the new Open Innovation website – – which acts as a hub for open innovation programme delivery, knowledge exchange and examples of work we are doing. 

The Open Innovation Programme is a European Regional Development Fund-supported initiative devised to match up the innovative ideas of SMEs with the corporate might of larger organisations to bring benefits to both parties – and to the economy.

For more information on the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, visit

Speakers at the CSR Showcase include national business leaders from HS2, Greggs plc, Tata Technologies, The Co-operative Group, Carillion, Pub Stuff Ltd and The New Optimists.

Exhibitors will be present from the energy sector, charity, the environment, social housing and business growth and development and include Jutton Associates, Baby Lifeline, The Shakespeare Hospice, City Year UK, Possage Design and Print, The Green Organisation, The Forestry Commission, Camden 360 Communications, Digital Energy, Longden Ltd, Heart of England Forest, Educational Musicals, Natural Solutions, Art in a Sustainable World, Pub Stuff Lt, Growth Acclerator, Coventry University Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, The Buzz and Orbit Heart of England.

Building for the future

High Speed Two (HS2) is an exceptional project, not least because it will be the first railway built north of London in 120 years. Its timescale, size, cost and complexity, both in construction and its eventual operation, make it one of the biggest rail projects in Europe, if not the world.

The rationale for the scheme is that it will help to meet our growing demand for rail travel for the long term. It will create economic benefits by improving connectivity between many of our key city regions. And it will release capacity on our existing network, helping to relieve pressure on passenger services and boosting rail freight.

HS2 will be built in two phases. The first will connect London and the West Midlands from 2026. The western and eastern legs of Phase Two will run from the West Midlands to Manchester, the East Midlands, South Yorkshire, Leeds and beyond from 2033.  

The total length of track built in both phases will be about 350 miles. The budget for the whole scheme is £42.6 billion, including a contingency of £14.4 billion. When HS2 is complete, up to 18 trains an hour will run in each direction. Trains 400m long will provide 1,100 seats each and will travel at up to 225mph.

Inevitably, HS2 will have significant environmental impacts. It will cause disruption during its construction, as well as sound and visual intrusion. All this has to be fully understood and properly managed: this means talking and listening to those affected, as well as their representatives. This we call ‘community engagement’. It is a serious, long-term challenge, and is as important to the scheme’s success as its engineering and its finance. HS2 will build on best practice from High Speed One, the London 2012 Olympic Games and Crossrail to minimise environmental impacts during construction.     

 Why community engagement matters to HS2

 In order to build the railway, we must secure the parliamentary powers to do so. We will need to demonstrate to both Houses of Parliament and a Select Committee that – among other things – we have worked to understand local people’s concerns about HS2 along the whole line of route, and that we have taken all reasonable steps to address the issues they have raised.  

 We are also fully committed to creating an exemplary project. Our sustainability policy sets out our support for sustainable economic development and the localism agenda for regeneration. We seek to avoid significant adverse effects on communities, businesses and the natural, historic and built environment. And we want to enhance the natural environment, as far as practicable, to ensure that there is no net loss of biodiversity.    

 Throughout its development, HS2’s success depends on our ability to talk to communities – and act on what they tell us.  

 To hear more about this, visit for further information on speakers at the UK CSR & Sustainability Showcase on 11th February 2014.

Making Sustainability Part of the Plan

In the busy world of pubs, bars, cafés and hospitality in general, moves are afoot towards embracing the ethics that surround all aspects of introducing sustainability into the blueprint of the business.

After all, increasing numbers of your existing and prospective customers are likely to be ethical buyers who are discerning in what they buy and the environment in which they spend their time.

Pubstuff Ltd, are leading suppliers of new and recycled furniture to the pub, bar, hotel, café and hospitality industry and are in the maelstrom of growing interest from commercial customers grasping the concept of upcycling furniture. Quite simply put, building a business around a sustainable product has led to a sustainable business for Pub Stuff.

Breathing new life into recycled products from managed houses when they refurbish, Pubstuff are able to offer a huge range of quality recycled furniture. The high quality finish and end result is achieved through careful refurbishment and attention to changing trends in the hospitality market reflected in a wide choice of fabrics, soft furnishings and furniture styles. This has come about not only because of the bite of the recession of recent years where upcycling proves a cost effective approach but it is environmentally friendly too. What could be better than calling a halt to skips filled with discarded, perfectly good furniture?

 As part of this sustainable strategy, Pubstuff has also developed a range of environmentally friendly sanitisers which have been produced without incorporating ION 5, a chemical agent that is not only harmful to the environment but also gradually destroys the veneer and finish of the tables they are used upon. They are often described as ‘hard surface’ cleaners but most owner/managers won’t realise the extent of their destructive impact on varnish.

Prolonged reliance on this as a method of cleaning results in the varnish beginning to soften and break down easily identifiable by the ‘white bloom’ or flaking or sticky varnish on the furniture.

Complementing huge stocks of recycled contract furniture, Pubstuff also commission new lines of furniture which are made from soft Rubberwood derived from latex producing trees. Latex is of course used to produce all rubber-based products that can be found around the globe.

Once the latex has been drained from the tree, after a usage of around 20+ years, the tree is considered to be waste and is felled with a new tree planted in its place. This therefore presents an opportunity to create new durable furniture using wood that will not deplete vital resources and whose sole existence is not only to produce furniture. Hence the concept of sustainability is well used by re-using something that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Rubber wood (or Hevea Brasiliensis) is a member of the maple family and is ideally suited to this purpose as it is a stable and close grain wood which means that it contains a low water content of between 8 – 10%. During the kiln drying process it is easily controlled and has very little shrinkage. This ensures minimal movement either during the manufacturing and assembly stage or as a finished product situated in a centrally heated environment or directly adjacent to a radiator.  It is not indigenous to the UK and given the demand for latex to create rubber products supplies are readily available to cope with demand.

Ian Huband, Managing Director of Pub Stuff will be talking more on making sustainability a key part of his business model at the, 11th February 2014, Ragley Hall.