Press Release: Responsible Business - Good for You and Society
For Immediate Release
28 February 2011
Newcastle’s businesses will be invited to look at the benefits of being socially responsible at a special event which will be hosted at Newcastle City Library.
Responsible Business - Good for You and Society will take place on Thursday, 17 March from 3pm and has been organised in partnership with Newcastle Business Forums.
This free event has been designed especially for small or medium sized businesses and will show that it is possible to have a successful business with a social conscience which can benefit the whole community no matter how big or small you are.
Speakers at the event, which will be delivered as part of Newcastle City Council’s Enterprising Newcastle programme, will share how being more socially aware or working with responsible businesses have helped them.
Responsible Business - Good for You and Society will also show how companies can still take a more responsible direction even during economic uncertainty and other issues like low job security, and will challenge businesses to look at how their organisations might look to the wider community for new opportunities.
Participants will be asked to look at other factors such as how you can be more ethical in how their business is run, sustainability and skills matching.
Local businesses like ethical online magazine Daisy Green will be on hand to talk about their experiences, PR professional Sally Keith and the Sunshine Fund will explain how using the skills of corporate volunteers can help in their fund raising efforts.
While instant commercial success is not always certain the benefits to your company’s reputation, staff morale and its role in the community can be huge.
Speakers during this event include Lucy Armstrong, a member of the CBI Northeast Regional Council since January 2007 and Chair of the CBI SME Council.
Cllr David Faulkner, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: "There are many businesses in Newcastle that already follow a socially-responsible model of working. They know that this is not only good for the community but also for their own businesses, because it builds goodwill and market opportunities as well as the skills and morale of their staff who participate. We would like to encourage many more businesses to follow their lead."
Karen Langdon, Deal Group said: “All events organised by Newcastle Business Forums aim to encourage businesses to help themselves by supporting each other, creatively collaborating and sharing skills and experience - we want to help them think differently about being enterprising.”
During the event businesses will be invited to tour the library where they can discover more about how Newcastle Libraries can help fledgling businesses get off the ground and showcase their expertise in intellectual property.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 0191 211 5057
Emerg only: 07766 442 597