Recycling Lives founder and CEO, Steve Jackson OBE, has been sharing the secrets of his ethical approach to business at a local networking event, run by the owner of one of Preston’s premier dining establishments, Heathcotes.
Steve was invited by local restaurateur, Paul Heathcote, to deliver a talk to an audience of around 40 keen professionals and entrepreneurs at Heathcotes Business Club at the end of last month. During the presentation, Steve discussed his path to commercial success, focusing heavily on his ethical business model, which combines financially viable and commercially competitive services with charity and environmental benefits.
The presentation was sold out, with professionals, small business owners and sole traders eager to learn how to boost their Corporate Social Responsibility and commercial success. Large firms like KPMG were represented, as well as smaller businesses, demonstrating that finding new ways to boost CSR is a vital step, no matter how big the business.
Having the opportunity to promote ethical business and share the success that Recycling Lives – and now its national Community Dotcom schemes – have enjoyed is vital to the organisation.
Paul Heathcote, organiser of the event and owner of Heathcotes, commented on the event, saying:
“With so many charities that are really worthwhile, it is always difficult making choices on who to support and how. The Recycling Lives charity helps both young and older people to find a new path to take, getting them back into work and society, which is a positive thing for us all.
“Recycling Lives’ social business model makes it easy to make ethical choices, even without making traditional donations, and that’s something that we at Heathcotes fully endorse. We’re pleased to support ethical local businesses, and it was a pleasure to have Steve here to speak with us.”
Like Recycling Lives, Heathcotes has a track record for involvement in socially and ethically responsible schemes; the company is supporting the Preston Youth Zone project – a public and private sector partnership that aims to offer training, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities to young people, and support them in getting involved in sporting and performance activities in their local community.
Recycling Lives would like to thank Heathcotes for giving Steve such a warm welcome and inviting him to share the story of Recycling Lives’ success with the attendees at July’s Heathcotes Business Club.
Business owners, entrepreneurs and sole traders can register to attend future events run by Heathcotes Business Club by visiting the restaurant’s website. Events are held monthly and attendees enjoy lunch, a glass of wine, and coffee for afterwards during an in-depth interview and Q&A session with a guest speaker.