The business became a B Corp in November 2018, meaning it has been certified as having met rigorous social and environmental standards that represent its commitment to goals beyond profit. “For us, B Corp certification is one of our proudest business milestones and acts as a guiding star on our business journey,” says Clifton. “We have something to measure business decisions against, to ensure that as we grow we stay true to our values and continue to do the best we can for people and for planet.”
Clifton will be joined by James Wallis, senior marketing lead for business & commercial banking at NatWest. “We know that everyone has a role to play in building a better future,” says Wallis, “and our research shows that 88% of SMEs do want to develop their sustainability strategies, but around half don’t know where to start.
“Small businesses are uniquely placed to make a difference in the fight against climate change,” says Wallis, “and they can do this by ensuring that they are taking the right steps to cut their carbon emissions. This is why we have joined forces with the UK government to help SMEs make the commitment to net zero and why we’ve worked on a variety of tools to help them along on their journey.
“At NatWest we’re dedicated to supporting businesses to become more environmentally friendly. This is one of the reasons we recently launched our Climate Accelerator programme, through which we provide one-to-one coaching and targeted support for climate-focused and purpose-led businesses that are looking to scale. I’m really looking forward to joining Holly to discuss this and other tools available to help small businesses make a difference.”
“I passionately believe that the most successful businesses of the future will be those with purpose,” adds Tucker. “Holly & Co is on the B Corp journey and we hope to be certified this year, so I can't wait to hear the experiences of others who are on the same path and discuss how small businesses can be leading lights for doing good in the world.”
Join Holly Tucker and guests live at 12pm on 24 May – and keep an eye out for sessions running in the coming months.