Sustainability set to Thrive

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A new sustainability event is launching as part of Cornwall Business Week.

Thrive Sustainability will take place on Tuesday, May 12, from 2pm to 4pm at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.

Following on directly from Francis Clark’s Finance in Cornwall conference, the event is being organised by MPAD’s Mark Picken and Francis Clark’s Nicky Cornish with support from Unlocking Potential and Mackerel Sky Events.

Mark Picken, who has previously won Best Individual at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, said: “When Nicky approached me to run a sustainable event as a follow on from Finance in Cornwall I thought it was a great opportunity to showcase some great Cornish organisations.

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“There are so many mixed messages about sustainability and the environment. It’s a big subject and the amount of information can be overwhelming, confusing and scary making it easy for people to switch off.

“With this event Nicky and I wanted to scale it right down and highlight that there are organisations in Cornwall that are making small changes and having a positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.

“Much as Cornwall led the way with mining technology, what businesses are doing here to make a difference is now being exported around the globe to help other areas be more sustainable.”

Speakers already confirmed are: Kathi Kaesehage, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter who will examine why business leaders of SMEs adapt to climate change; Caroline Robinson from the Clear Mapping Company who will talk about why she is working to make her business sustainable and cycling; and Sonya Bedford, head of renewable energy at Stephens Scown solicitors, who will talk about the Illogan Green Ripple community energy project.

Others speakers include Mojo Maritime, a specialist subsea operations company which has grown from its base in Falmouth to be a leading global player in renewable energy, the Local Nature Partnership and the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

Nicky Cornish said: “The aim is to keep the presentations to 15 minutes so they are short, sharp and engaging.

“We also plan to intersperse speakers with short films featuring other successful Cornish firms.

“If we can inspire each attendee can take just one thing away with them and make one small change in their own business or organisation then we will be really happy.”

The seminar will finish with a question and answer session featuring the speakers and led by Unlocking Potential’s Mark Smith.

For more information please contact Mark Picken at MPAD on 01872 3215533 and to book a free ticket, click here.