Newspaper Story 13th Sept 2017

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Bristol Post

Bristol Post

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BUSINESS SHOWCASE SOUTH WEST 2017

‘We ’re dedicated to serving communities we look after’ WASTE B RISTOL Waste Company is an organisation formed out of a genuine desire to work in part - nershipwith the city’s residents Louie Hadley louie.hadley@localworld.co.uk recycling. It cleans 800 miles of streets and footpaths and deal with 180,000 ad hoc job requests andservice queries annually.

POETRY SESSION

World ’s most innovative brands to speak at this year’s showcase

n FINANCIAL firm Computer- share hosted a poetry-reading masterclass with Bristol Poet Laur- eate Miles Chambers and eight children to celebrate the com- pany’s work supporting pupils in schools. Miles, below , and the children read to employees from poetry books published by charity Ablaze and Intellect Books, which collates work written by young people in Bristol. Miles said: “These are talented kids whose creativity and promise is a credit to Bristol, and I am proud to be able to help them out

T HREE of the world’s most in - novative brands are all-set to speak at a business exhibition on Wednesday, October 11. The sixth Business Showcase South West is once again supported by the Bristol Post, Bath Chronicle and Gloucester Echo and is taking place again at the new Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol from 10am-4pm. The free-to-attend event is welcom - ing Facebook who are delivering a Keynote Speech and Workshop for business–believed to be a first for the South West Region. Google is offering two Digital Gar - age Workshops on social media for businesses and Google analytics, whilst TEDxBristol – the largest TEDx event in the UK – is delivering a special talk in the Trinity Mirror Seminar Zone. More than 200 exhibitors from across the region are preparing to meet with an expected 3,000 at - tendees. First West of England are running a comprehensive bus service from Temple Meads station in Bristol and shuttles around the city, helping to keep the Business Showcase free to travel to whilst the official car parks are free to use. The Business Showcase South West was founded back in 2014 by TV antiques expert and Sunday Mirror columnist Jamie Breese. “I founded the expo after finishing a big TV series in the USA I had some downtime and I wanted to develop on the Only Connect networking events which I had been running occasion - ally in the region,” he said. “I like seeing people come to to - gether and doing well, the time felt right for a big business exhibition. “I engaged Baroness Brady as my first speaker and it’s been just getting better and bigger every year. ” Jamie continued: “A few weeks

Tracey added: “People are end - lessly surprised when they call us and can speak toa real person who understands their problems, which we take as a huge compliment. ” The community engagement activ - ity extends to interactingwith com - munities and helping them to keep their local areas clean and tidy. “People recognise that we can ’t be on their street 24/7, so we loan out litter picking kits so that residents can arrange their own litter picking groups if they want to, ” continued Tracey. “And if any residents have any thoughts and ideas about howwe can make our services even more ac - cessible and efficient we always want to hear their thoughts about how we can keep our communities clean and tidy.” If you have an idea about how to work with your neighbours and com - munity to improve your area go to: www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk; www.facebook.com/bristolwaste; Twitter @BristolWaste .

n MORE than 230 million cans, foil trays and aerosols are thrown out every year in Bristol. These metals are endlessly recyclable, according to Bristol Waste Company. Teaming up with the metal pack- aging manufacturing industry, Bristol Waste Company has launched the “Make Your Metals Matter” campaign targeting all 197,000 households across the city. Bristol Waste is re- minding residents to recycle all of the metal packaging found around their home, including drink cans, foil trays, empty aerosols, metal screw tops and wrapping foil. If all metal packaging used in Bris- tol’s homes each year was collected for recycling it would save around 6,324 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equi- valent to taking over 1,345 cars off the city’s streets for a year. Used metal packaging can be re- cycled into new products at a far lower cost to the environment than making them from raw materials. Making cans from recycled mater- ial saves up to 95% of the energy, and greenhouse gas emissions, needed to make both aluminium and steel from scratch. What’s more, every time met- al passes through the recycling loop, the benefits are repeated, again and again and again. “Bristol residents are already com- mitted to recycling and reducing waste which is great news.” said Tracey Morgan, Bristol Waste Com- pany’s managing director. “We want to deliver integrated recycling, waste collection and street cleansing ser - vices efficiently and cost-effectively. Although set up by Bristol City Council it runs as a separate entity, complete with management board and 500 employees, and is currently one year into a 10-year contract. Any surplus money is reinvested back into the city, making it the most cost efficient model to give Bristol taxpayers value for money. What’s more, because Bristol Waste Company is located in the heart of the community it serves anyone can make contact in the knowledge they will speak to a fellow Bristol resident with a shared stake in the community. Tracey Morgan, Managing Direct - or, said: “The previous traditional contractor arrangement was not working and there was a genuine desire to do things diferently. “Not only do we provide good ser - vices to Bristol taxpayers, but we

with their writing and champion their work.” Working with Ablaze, Com- putershare volunteers spend one lunch hour a week reading with local primary pupils. Over the last 12 years the firm’s employees have spent 4,000 hours volunteering. The company is also involved in a scheme to help children with maths, acting as Ablaze number partners in schools in South Bris- tol. Lucy Ridley, global corporate communications director at Com- putershare, added: “Computer- share employs over 1,500 people in Bristol and we are very proud of the work we do locally – wheth- er by supporting school pupils, providing employment and train- ing or improving the environment by helping our staff travel more sustainably.” n BRISTOL-based social platform Neighbourly has announced that its food surplus scheme has been expanded to include non-food product donations, with Marks & Spencer on board as the first re- tailer. The extension of Neighbourly’s award-winning food donation scheme follows research with its food charity partners which found that 92 per cent would like to receive non-food donations, with cleaning and laundry products and toiletries the most requested products. Many are also in need of kitchen equipment and fur- niture. Neighbourly has expanded its platform so that the surplus scheme can now accept a wider range of products from busi- nesses. The scheme is now live and more information can be found at www.neighbourly.com/aboutsurplus and on M&S’ website at c orpor- ate.marksandspencer.com/blog/stor- ies/helping-our-local-communit- ies-by-doing-more-with-our-sur- plus-food-and-waste . DONATIONS WIDEN

make a virtue of the fact we have a whole dedicated engagement team whose role it is to speak to the com - munities they look after. “This is a departure from tradi - tional service delivery where res - idents become frustrated when they can’t speak to the right people.” Bristol Waste Company runs the city's household waste recycling

centres and has recently launched a commercial waste service, offering businesses tailored, cost-effective re - cycling and waste solutions. It employs over 500 people who make 17 million scheduled collec - tions every year, operate 180 vehicles, collect 140,000 tonnes of waste and recycling per annum – of which it sends 53,000 tonnes for composting or

n The sixth Business Showcase South West is taking place again at Ashton Gate in Bristol; right, Karen Brady speaking at a past event Pics: JonCraig.co.uk

publicly endorsed by Sir Richard Branson. Jamie added: “If you are in busi - ness, are returning to business, want to be in business or are running a major business to anSME, the Busi - ness Showcase South West is a day-long networking opportunity – you can have lunch in the Trinity Mirror Networking Cafe, attend ex - pert-led seminars, take part in speed networking and meet thousands of businesses all lookingto get things done. “It’s an event to celebrate the best of the South West and everyone is invited.” n To book free delegate tickets or for information on exhibiting at the May/Oct 2018 events, visit the organ- iser’s website www.businessshowcase- southwest.com .

RECYCLE ALL YOUR METALS, URGES WASTE COMPANY

ago, one of our exhibitors told me they had received their largest-ever single order in their 20-year company history – it was £94,000. “When I hear that, it’s the icing on the cake. “What’s better is that we’ve man - aged to never charge to attend – for me it’s a huge juggling act, much like

Blackstar Solutions andWeston Col - lege sponsoring for the first time.” Other Keynote Speakers include Tim Bowles, the new Metro Mayor for the West of England,Bev Hurley CBE, chair of the Institute of Eco - nomic Development, and 18-year old business sensation Ben Towers, who has alreadymerged a company and is

working in television really. “It’s the sponsors who actually do this directly. “This time Worldpay and NatWest, Bristol Waste and West of England Growth Hub have all sponsored us again, whilst corporate escape game firm CityMazes has joined the line-up with Talent International,

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to encourage all our residents to think about metal packaging found throughout their home, not just in the kitchen but also in the bathroom, bedroom and garages. Food and drink cans, foil and empty aerosols are all easily and end- lessly recyclable. Every can recycled saves enough energy to run a TV for four hours, so a small action like put- ting your empty bean tin into your recycling box, makes a big difference.”

The Bristol campaign is jointly fun- ded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s lead- ing producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging and Bristol Waste Company. MetalMatters campaigns have run in 81 local authority areas, reaching over 5 million households since 2012. The programme is managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Or- ganisation on behalf of the funding

partners. Rick Hindley, executive director of project managers Alupro, said: “This campaign has delivered sig- nificant increases in the amount of metal packaging collected for recyc- ling in other parts of the UK, so we are aiming to repeat – and hopefully better this – in Bristol.” For more on the Bristol MetalMat- ters campaign, visit www.bristol- wastecompany.co.uk/metalmatters .

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