Plant trees, build teams, leave a lasting legacy

We were out in The Heart of England Forest this week planting trees, then enjoyed bacon sarnies to round off the morning at Studley Castle – what a great way to build teams and demonstrate your commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

CSR and tree planting in The Heart of England Forest

The Phoenix Group is enthusiastic about the business benefits of tree planting, “The Heart of England Forest provides a perfect biodiverse playground for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the local environment, employee engagement, supporting school visits, and generally improving peoples’ wellbeing and fitness. It also provides a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

Lucy Symonds, Phoenix CR Manager said, “By planting trees in The Heart of England Forest we feel  it  is important that we are doing something tangible in our local area, which isn’t just a token gesture.  We have sponsored a large area of woodland which we can visit and we can feature as part of our CSR commitment. It’s great to know that we are helping to create England’s largest native broadleaf forest and that this will be a thriving wildlife woodland in the Warwickshire countryside. The Phoenix Way wood is planted with oak, alder, aspen, hazel and birch.”

Join The Phoenix Group at The UK CSR Showcase on 11th February 2014 at Ragley Hall for more ideas about how you can support the environment in your local area and leave a lasting legacy. Contact carolelongden@longden.co.uk for more information about tree planting and team building.

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Trust is King

UK CSR Showcase 2015

Sitting in one of the education streams at the #PRShow13, I must say I was delighted to hear Sky talk about one of my favourite philosophies.

 

When it comes to CSR, it’s not what you say it’s what you do that matters. “It’s frankly an old fashioned view,” muttered Graham McWilliam, Sky Group Corporate Affairs Director, “to think that your products or services alone speak for themselves. Businesses now have to do a lot more than that to win trust”. Very wise words and Sky have followed through admirably in this vein with their Sky Academy.

 

Trust certainly is a hot topic for stakeholders nowadays when we live in an increasingly transparent society. Enquiries into phone hacking, ‘Plebgate’ and non-payment of taxes are just a few cases in point. These are instances where a reputation can turn to dust overnight, particularly if there are no evident ‘CSR credits’…

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Grow your network at Studley Castle 28th November 5-8pm

Join Longden at the newly renovated conference centre at Studley Castle for an informal and enjoyable evening of networking, eating, drinking and business support.    Book your free place here
Grow your network at Studley Castle 28 Nov 5pm, hot buffet...    Longden    GrowthAccelerator   Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship
AGENDA
5.00pm    Registration, refreshments and networking
5.30pm    Welcome from Studley Castle from Debbie Thompson
5.40pm    Business support and GrowthAccelerator with Sharn Haywood-Higgs
5.50pm Collaborate to Innovate – Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship & Louise Marjoram
6.00pm    Federation of Small Businesses – Steev Ellson, Chair of Stratford upon Avon branch
6.10pm    Rotary Club of Alcester Alauna- Presentation to Parkinson’s UK by Sue Matthewman
6.20pm    Summary and next steps, Carole Longden, Longden & The Heart of England Forest
6.30pm    Fine food and wine, networking, 1-1s with speakers, tours of Studley Castle
7.45pm    Grand Prize Draw
8.00pm    Finish

Enjoy more than free blackberries this September with Longden

Blackberries

I am enjoying the fabulous free feast of blackberries in the hedgerows and thought that you may like to benefit from a free place on our next ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management course. This year, Longden is celebrating 21 years as a successful provider of practical qualifications and as part of our commitment to CSR, we want to give something back. So, just email carolelongden@longden.co.uk to let me know how you will benefit from attending the 3 day training programme from 30th September – 2nd October at our training centre near to Warwick University. The first five people to respond with a good reason get a free place. To gain the qualification, you just pay £499 + VAT for registration, assessment and certification. How juicy is that? Download the details here ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate in Leadership and Management V2

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

Congratulations to Tracy and Mandy from Relate Coventry who gain the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management with Longden.

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

Well done to Emma from The NHSIQ who achieves the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management with Longden

Shakespeare’s secret discovered in Stratford upon Avon

A group of 32 high flying young people from Kuwait have a fun with a fast introduction to Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and support The Buzz Arts & Community Centre by meeting there for lunch.

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Organised by Longden Events, the group race around Stratford on a beautiful summer’s day gaining clues at 10 lovely locations. The answers to the questions give the opportunity to discover the long lost Shakespeare’s Secret Treatment, which restores health and well-being to the world. What a great way to build teams, learn something new and have fun!

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Carole Longden comments, “Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect playground for teambuilding events, as the teams enjoy the mix of fun, history, exercise, lovely locations, friendly people, shopping and they can give something back by enjoying a delicious lunch at The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – Stratford’s social enterprise and amazing charity venue.”

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Shakespeare’s Secret discovered in Stratford-upon-Avon!

A group of 32 high flying young people from Kuwait have a fun with a fast introduction to Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon with Longden whilst supporting The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – a local charity, by meeting there for lunch.

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Organised by Longden Events, the group race around Stratford on a beautiful summer’s day gaining clues at 10 lovely locations. The answers to the questions give the opportunity to discover the long lost Shakespeare’s Secret Treatment, which restores health and well-being to the world. What a great way to build teams, learn something new and have fun!

Stratford upon avon teambuild 2

Carole Longden comments, “Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect playground for teambuilding events, as the teams enjoy the mix of fun, history, exercise, lovely locations, friendly people, shopping and they can give something back by enjoying a delicious lunch at The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – Stratford’s social enterprise and amazing charity venue.”

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The teams enjoy the costume exhibitions and dressing up area in The Ferguson Room at The Swan Theatre of The RSC.

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The teams delight tourists with magnificent performances of Shakespeare’s bset known plays.

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The insult chair in The RSC is full of surprises!

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Shakespeare does not reveal his secret to this group, but what a great photo!

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Do you waggle? Come to the woods on 9th September for a treat!

Do you Waggle? Announcing the first UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase – ‘Waggle in the Woods’

UK CSR Showcase Banner

Monday 9th September will see the first ‘UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase – Building your CSR culture’ event taking place at The Heart of England Forest, Great Alne, outside Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. Speakers include Paul Tanner from Tata Group, Nigel Holden, The Co-operative Group, Kate Cooper, The New Optimist Forum and Ian Huband from Pubstuff Ltd.  Topics will include the employee engagement, environment and energy management, leadership and ethical supply chains and sustainable products. The one-day event will run from 10am – 4pm and comprises a full conference programme, interactive workshops, complementary exhibition and networking. Download the booking form here.

For those visiting the website – http://csrshowcase.com and booking onto the conference at £199 per ticket (excl.VAT),  5 trees will be planted for each person in the ‘Feel-good Wood’ within The Heart of England Forest.  The event, organised by Longden Ltd and Camden 360 Communications has been designed to bring together existing CSR practitioners and SME’s and corporates who want to learn more about CSR as part of a strategy and share best practice. “From the exhibitors to the delegates to the speakers attending, everyone will acknowledge the value of attracting and retaining the best employees, operating in the safest and most environmentally efficient manner, supporting their local communities and causes and conducting business with customers and suppliers in the most ethical and sustainable way possible” said Annette Gann of Camden 360 Communications. “Not only is CSR a no brainer for savvy and responsible business owners, it provides both a strong strategic focus and tangible aspiration as we rebuild a healthy and sustainable economy post-recession.”

Billed as the CSR ‘Waggle in the Woods’ the waggle refers to a dance performed by bees to alert the hive to a source of nectar. “In this case, the ‘nectar’ is the shared learning and experience that the collective speakers and attendees uniquely hold.  Corporate Social Responsibility has moved from a ‘nice to have’ concept to an essential business framework and strategy,” said Carole Longden of Longden Ltd. “The UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase is the ideal environment for business people from all areas of the economy to come together and gather the resources, knowledge and contacts that they need to start building an effective CSR culture for their business”.

To book a place, reserve a stand or to sponsor an aspect of the event, simply email carolelongden@longden.co.uk. A website, http://csrshowcase.com and a linked in group, ‘UK CSR Practitioners Network (Waggle Dancers)’ has also been set up so that participants can connect up with useful contacts in advance of the event.

The Heart of England Forest, which covers 2,000 acres and provides the venue for the CSR and Sustainability Showcase, was established by publisher, poet and Warwickshire landowner, Felix Dennis and is now a registered charity. Currently it is larger than 5 Hyde Parks! The mission of the forest is to plant and preserve a large native forest in the heart of England.

“The Forest is a fantastic environment for families and businesses that are helping to expand its reach by planting trees and preserving the natural habitat for hundreds of diverse insects and wildlife and also for the enjoyment of future generations. Choosing it as the ideal venue and placing it at the centre of our first UK CSR and Sustainability Showcase was a natural choice” said Carole Longden.

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Notes to Editors

  1. 1.   For interviews or for further information – please contact Annette Gann, annetteg@camden360communications.co.uk, or via 07415 864429; Carole Longden – carolelongden@longden.co.uk, 07774 424404
  2. The Heart of England Forest Project began in 1995 and is a partnership initiative between Warwickshire landowner, publisher and poet, Felix Dennis, and The Heart of England Forest Ltd., a registered charity. The aim is to create a forest ‘full of air and light’ and  plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest(currently at 1 million broadleaf trees) in the heart of England. http://www.heartofenglandforest.com.
          By: annetteg@camden360communications.co.uk

Leadership development – sizzling summer savings!

Now you can choose the best route to develop your leadership skills with a sizzling summer offer of a 50% saving on published fees from Longden. We have a practical programme of leadership development running at our training centre at Westwood Business Park, near to Warwick University from 19th – 21st August 2013.  Download the details here ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate in Leadership and Management V2

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

The three day Leadership Development programme is now on sale for only £450 + VAT. You can then choose (or not) to complete the assignments to gain an ILM Award in Leadership and Management at Level 3, or an ILM Award in Team Leading at Level 2. Each assignment can be paid for on submission at a cost of only £99 + VAT per assignment plus a registration fee of £150 + VAT. You’ll need to do 2 assignments to gain an award.

Keep on Truckin’. Cut costs, cut carbon, plant trees!

Thanks to Will Reeves and the lovely team at the Freight Transport Association, The Heart of England Forest was able to discover the fantastic, innovative actions our Logistics industry is doing to reduce carbon and cut costs. With all the money saved – they can then plant trees!

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Carole Longden comments,

“When you think of the amount of CO2 these massive trucks emit it’s great to know that the logistics industry is putting time, money and brainpower into reducing emissions and cutting costs. The Heart of England Forest will benefit from these guys’ enlightened approach to CSR and tree planting.”

The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme Awards event held at The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon showcased companies such as Brit European, TNT, DHL and Bridgestone and what they are doing to help save the planet. Graham Lackey, the MD of Brit European was particularly informative, with his company driving forward carbon reduction through a new use of duel fuel technology.

It’s a good job these companies can see the wood for the trees as they plan employee engagement strategies to change behaviour, reduce the carbon footprint and then recognise and reward staff with a day out in The Heart of England Forest.

CSR goes painting at The Buzz with Lloyds TSB

Give and Gain in action at The Buzz with a lively group from Lloyds TSB who are giving The Enterprise Hub a much needed makeover. A lovely team have escaped the branch and put their painting skills to good use in Stratford upon Avon. Thanks to Mary Judge and the team at BITC for organising the day, which will mean that The Buzz Arts and Community Venue can offer a newly painted affordable, accessible venue for all sections of the community to enjoy. Thanks to the lovely Lloyds decorators for all their hard work!

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