More and more products and services are being developed with the specific aim of helping other businesses reduce their negative impact on the world around them. Many of the new innovations also help businesses to save money or open up new revenue streams. Taking place at Olympia on the 16th & 17th April 2008, Positive Business 08 will bring together over 200 exhibitors who are committed to helping businesses in their environmental management and sustainability to enable the busy manager to find their black book of green contacts.
The process of going green will not be reached overnight and many companies will need a step change in order to achieve it. Positive Business 08 is about moving towards sustainability, working with business, sharing best practice and exploring the easy and practical solutions available today.
The two day event will offer over 35 hours of free to attend seminars with confirmed speakers which include senior representatives from Envirowise, Business in the Community, the Renewable Energy Association, The Sunday Times, Transport for London, Global Action Plan and The CarbonNeutral Company.
Event details: Date: 16th & 17th April 2008
Organisers: Positive Business Events
Platinum media partner, The Sunday Times and supported by Envirowise.
Entry to the show is free. Exhibition area of more than 200 exhibitors; Over 35 hours of free-to-attend seminars and workshops; High profile industry awards; Advice from leading specialist organisations.
Exhibitor, Pat Pascoe from Kyocera Mita commented: "We look forward to meeting businesses that strive to be more environmentally aware in their operations. Businesses need not spend more when considering greener ways of doing business, it takes an informed decision about the complete product life cycle and advice that cuts through the confusion when trying to decipher the options.”
Exhibitor, Jon Clift from publishing company, Green Books comments: "Our books are bestsellers with many companies looking for easy advice on going green and ways that all company employees can get involved. Some of our authors will take visitors through a range of subjects from top tips to greening an office and sustainable travel options to ways of looking at climate change as a business.”
The organisers, Positive Business Events, are working with suppliers under a set of carefully prepared guidelines to minimise negative impacts the event may have – all materials are from sustainable stocks, travel kept to the minimum and the ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle is a main management focus. Positive Business is partnered with The CarbonNeutral Company to balance out the CO2 emissions associated with staging this event through verified, carbon saving projects around the world.
Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director, The CarbonNeutral Company, said: "The current scientific consensus is that we need an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 60-80% by 2050, and we need to start delivering those reductions immediately. Positive Business 08 will help provide vital education on how companies can mitigate their own impact on the environment.
“We are working in partnership with Positive Business 08 because we know that businesses are committed to taking voluntary action on climate change and we want to support their efforts.”
Jeremy Rees, Exhibition Sales Director, EC&O Venues said: “We’re delighted to welcome Positive Business to Olympia, the show’s aim to educate businesses about their environmental management and sustainability fits in well with our own CSR policy. EC&O Venues takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, we have been recognised for our efforts by winning awards such as the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) and Event awards for Sustainability and have also been shortlisted for the Visit London Sustainable Tourism Award 2007.
We’re always keen to work with organisers to help them become more sustainable and pleased to be working with a show that offers a great platform encouraging other businesses to think more about their responsible business practices and what they can do to improve them.”
"Businesses are increasingly recognising that long-term financial success can only be achieved by operating within the Earth's ecological limits and protecting the natural resources - the planet's capital - upon which we and wildlife depend," said Dax Lovegrove, Head of Business and Industry Relations at WWF-UK.
"We welcome events that drive this agenda and look forward to the Positive Business event in the pursuit of sustainable solutions."
Innovation in creating sustainable and environmental products is growing rapidly. Positive Business 08 will bring some of this development and thinking together so that knowledge can be transferred and further creativity can be inspired.
About the venue
To find out more about Earls Court Olympia’s commitment to environmental management and corporate responsibility please see the link about the Olympia's Commitment. As a venue, the company has an exemplary record and have signed up to the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code for companies committed to being an environmentally progressive organisation.
The Positive Business Show is organised by Positive Business Events, a joint venture between IM2 Events and Starfish UK. The organisers portfolio includes many successful international trade events across a whole range of industry sectors including the Dubai International Wine Fair, Middle East Learning Technologies, Mother Baby & Child Show, International Work Wear Exhibition and E-Learn Expo (Paris), Motorsport Business Forum & F1 Sponsorship Forum (Monaco), Beauty Africa (Johannesburg), the Retail Business Show, Internet Retailer & Screen Expo (London).