Firms get set to to make a low impact during Bristol’s Business Green Week

June 12, 2015

Bristol firms’ contribution to more sustainable ways of operating – and the city’s year as European Green Capital – will be recognised next week when Business Green Week takes place.

Events during the week will aim to inspire more businesses to adopt sustainable practices in the workplace. The 39 businesses already signed up Business Green Week have come up with innovative ideas on how to get the message home to their staff with a range of events – from nature walks to team travel challenges, locally sourced picnics in the park to creating a rooftop herb garden.

One business taking part next week is property agents Alder King, which employs more than 100 staff at its Clifton offices. It has planned a programme of activities for the entire week.

Senior partner Martyn Jones said: “We hope that our programme will be both enjoyable and informative and be the start of a more in-depth look at the issues of sustainability and how they affect our staff, our business and our city. We are keen to create a legacy that lasts beyond next Friday.”

The firm’s week of events include:

Monday. Think Global – To start the week, staff will find a green-themed surprise on their desks when they arrive at the office.  Staffs also invited to a lunchtime screening and discussion on two or three short films on global and local sustainability issues.

Tuesday. Act Local – All staff will receive another green and locally sourced gift to fuel their day.  The firm will also be planting a selection of bee-friendly plants outside its Clifton offices.

Wednesday. Low Impact Day – Alder King’s offices will turn ‘green’ inside and out with the introduction of new energy-saving LED lights. Staff will also be encouraged to reduce waste and there will be a renewed focus on recycling and energy consumption.

Thursday. Better Travel Day – To encourage everyone to ditch their car in favour of a more sustainable mode of transport on Better Travel Day, the incentive of a free breakfast has been offered for those that are car sharing, using bus and rail travel or cycling.

Friday. Feel Good Friday – To celebrate the end of the week, staff have been invited to dress green and join a Big Green Picnic in a local green space, with activities including a hula hooping workshop, green quiz and awards presentation.

Business Green Week links in with the wider Big Green Week during which a Go Green Business Breakfast will be held at the Bristol Hotel on Friday.

Go Green, which was set up in February this year to encourage more sustainable business practices, already has 200 business members.

The breakfast will give Go Green network members a chance to meet to learn and share their practices on green business before the working day begins.

To sign up for free to take part in Business Green Week, visit

Firms taking part in Business Green Week include:


River Cottage Canteen Bristol

Quartet Community Foundation


BodyTalk Bristol

Alec French Architects

SustainIt Solutions

River Cottage

FareShare South West

Surplus Supper Club

Folly Farm Centre

Wessex Nissan

Stride Treglown


Low Carbon South West

Really Useful Bikes

Atlantic Linen Services

Nash Partnership

University of Bristol Students’ Union


Eunomia Research and Consulting

Triodos Bank

CMS Group

The Schumacher Institute

White Design

The Care Forum

Bristol Airport

Essential Trading Co-op

Sift Digital


Harmsen Tilney Shane

Cavendish Nuclear

Stripe OLT

Resource Futures

Alder King


Bodywise (UK)


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