Politics, Brexit, climate change: in a world full of uncertainty, where trust is seeping away all around us, business is increasingly expected to do more and to care about something more than profit.
This was the message from Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyd’s Insurance markets and keynote speaker at our breakfast for senior leaders at Mansion House last week.
Dame Inga had a powerful message about the effectiveness of taking practical action – not just talking about changes. Something that Heart of the City members, small businesses, excel at.
We heard from some senior leaders in small businesses who have taken positive action to transform their businesses: Ecovis Wingrave Yeats is an accountancy firm based in Soho that joined Heart of the City in January. Kate Barekati, partner at Ecovis, shared the dramatic changes they have seen to staff engagement and culture over the last nine months.
Neil Farrance, Director at Formation Architects spoke about how they transformed their architecture practice by getting incredible engagement from employees and supporting several local charities. They went on to win the coveted Heart of the City Dragon Award in September.
We were delighted to welcome leaders of small businesses from a wide range of industries and from all across London to hear about the practical ways they can embrace responsible business.
The Heart of the City foundation programme is open for applications until 29 November although places are filling up quickly! Thanks to support from the City of London Corporation and City Bridge Trust we can offer free places on the first year of the programme to a limited number London-based small businesses. You can apply online or spread the word to businesses you think might be interested!