Happy 11th Birthday Terra Infirma!
So, it is 11 years to the day that I jumped off the cruise ship of salaried employment and onto the windsurfing board of solo consultancy – just before the tsunami of the 2007/08 financial crisis gave me a rather brutal lesson in business survival. Looking back over the last year, as I always do on this date, the uncertainty created by Brexit has certainly caused similar choppy waters as many people who would like our help are either unable to invest, or afraid to.
This has led to a year of ups and downs. A good illustration is that, while our North of England-based Corporate Sustainability Mastermind Group is going from strength to strength, hitting the maximum membership limit this year for the very first time, I was unable to get a critical mass together to launch a Southern chapter. Brexit was quoted by several otherwise very interested contacts as a reason they couldn’t commit. The great irony of course is that during the financial crisis companies with a strong commitment to Sustainability weathered the storm better than those who didn’t.
But that grumble aside, here are some more highlights of the last 12 months:
- Continuing to work with our wonderful roster of existing clients including the BBC, NHS Blood & Transplant, Johnson Matthey, Newcastle NHS Hospitals Trust and Stanley Black & Decker;
- Some great new clients including Durham University, Esh Construction, the Thirteen Group and Elopak;
- The publication of our latest white paper Seven Steps to a Successful Sustainability Strategy;
- Some fantastic questions for my regular Ask Gareth YouTube series (If you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube channel, get over there straight away and do so);
- Continuing success of our regular Green Academy training programme;
- And, more recently, the launch of our new online training course: Green Jujitsu: Smart Employee Engagement for Sustainability.
And things are looking pretty good for the six months ahead with an strong focus on helping clients to implement their Sustainability Strategy. The good ship Terra Infirma sails on!