"Working with the Heart of the City on their Climate for SMEs:4 Steps to Action course has been enlightening, and the guidance has been fantastic. The course itself is excellent, as the way the modules are broken down into four sections makes the whole topic feel more manageable, and ultimately achievable."

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Signature Recruitment, a female-led SME with offices in London and Bristol, has successfully completed Heart of the City’s ‘Climate for SMEs: 4 Steps to Action’ course provided in partnership with the City of London Corporation. The strategic choice of the City of London as a location supports their operations in providing office administrative staff to sectors like Higher Education, thanks to its central location, excellent transport network, and availability of serviced offices.

The Climate course was transformative for Signature Recruitment. “Working with the Heart of the City on their Climate course has been enlightening and the guidance has been fantastic,” says Sarah Williamson, Director of Operations and Social Value Champion at Signature Recruitment. The structured modules made complex topics manageable, and the interactive webinars fostered a supportive community. Access to global sustainability specialists and dedicated Programme Managers provided invaluable guidance and support. Sarah highlights, “To have unlimited access to the specialists from the Heart of the City is one of the main benefits for any Net Zero journey. This unwavering support makes this course and those who deliver it simply outstanding.”

To have unlimited access to the specialists from the Heart of the City is one of the main benefits for any net zero journey. This unwavering support makes this course and those who deliver it simply outstanding!

Sarah WilliamsonDirector of Operations and Social Value Champion at Signature Recruitment

The course helped Signature Recruitment enhance their social value strategies and stand out in a competitive market. This collaboration has already led to securing Preferred Supplier List (PSL) opportunities, demonstrating the tangible benefits of their commitment to sustainability. “Signature’s collaboration with the Heart of the City is one of the ways we have tried to set ourselves apart from others,” says Sarah.

An SME strategy focusing on networking and partnerships would further support Signature Recruitment’s growth. With over 2000 recruitment agencies in London, targeted support offers from the City of London would help SMEs like Signature build stronger community ties and achieve greater visibility. Signature Recruitment’s experience with Heart of the City underscores the importance of accessible, targeted support for SMEs. As the City of London Corporation develops its SME strategy, initiatives that enhance networking, visibility, and sustainability will be key to fostering the growth of early-stage companies and underrepresented groups.

“When you get to module three, you’ve then got all the calculations you need, and everything sort of falls into place for you to produce your plan. By engaging with Heart of the City throughout the course along with other contractors, everything starts to become clear and suddenly it’s not so daunting – it changes the whole company, and the thought process within the company.”

If you’re working for an SME, or would like to support your supply chain to become a more sustainable and responsible businesses, visit our programmes page here, or you can get in touch at: info@theheartofthecity.com

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