Eastleigh has already been voted a business-friendly location, and last year's Eastleigh Business Conference on Thursday 27 June highlighted what the Council and its partners are doing to make the Borough a healthier and greener home for your company and your people.
The event was voted a success by delegates and described as "a very informative and interesting evening."
The conference at The Point Eastleigh – which is growing in popularity as a venue for business events – brought together senior representatives from some of the Borough’s big brands, as well as up-and-coming companies, who shared their knowledge and best practice. This was complemented by the expertise of Council specialists across a range of areas, including business rates, planning and environmental health.
Speakers on best practice in sustainability included:
- Richard Tyldsley, General Manager of bus operators, Blue Star, Southern Vectis and Unilink; they are all part of the Go-Ahead Group, which tops the rankings for electric vehicle fleet management and is the first transport group to be awarded Carbon Trust Standard triple accreditation;
- Daniel Kitchen, Centre Manager at the Swan Centre, Eastleigh, who talked about their sustainability initiatives and success in the national Green Apple Awards, and
- Samuel Underwood, Southern Water’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager (Hampshire and Isle of Wight).
Speakers talking about their company’s approach to promoting health and wellbeing among employees, included:
- Alex Ryding, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager UK, Coopervision;
- Lynne Miller, Director of HR & Development, Ageas Retail Ltd, and
- Fiona Moir, co-founder of Go Physio.
The panellists were complemented by the expertise of Council specialists across range of areas – including planning, environmental health and business rates. An update on the Borough’s Local Plan was also included.
A new awards scheme for Eastleigh Health & Sustainability achievers, recognising companies who do most to promote an environmentally-friendly and health-oriented approach to doing business, was launched at the event. It is sponsored by Taylor Wimpey and the awards were presented by Cllr Derek Pretty, the Council's Cabinet Member for Economy.