Reflections on environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship


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Ideas and action

At a local level, to help reduce my own - and Brentford's - ecological footprint, I'm working with friends, neighbours and community organisations on food, energy and transport issues. To tackle the food challenge in 2007 I took a bird's eye view of the problem with Sustainable Food in Hounslow. If you want to take action why not get an allotment, join Hounslow Community Farming Association or volunteer with Cultivate London? I am also encouraging developers ISIS and other stakeholders to progress the initial thinking on a Brentford Renewable Energy Strategy to the next stage and supporting work on the development of an Isleworth and Brentford cycling hub. All of this I believe could be supported by establishing a Brentford Business Improvement District.

As if that wasn't enough to distract me, I am also continuing to work on sustainability issues at a regional and national level, focusing on:  developing the employability skills of young people as a London Leader and Director of Spark; and barriers that competition law presents to positive collaboration by businesses on sustainability issues.  If like me you are passionate about sustainable finance then why not support the work of The Finance Innovation LabUKSIF and/or PositiveMoney?


Blog Posts

Cabe’s opaque Design Review for Brentford Town Centre is best binned

When Cabe, now part of the Design Council, first published their latest Design Review for Brentford Waterside, Hounslow on 14 February 2013 local residents were hopeful that this once respected body would urge Ballymore and their architects to radically reconsider the density and architectural aesthetic of their scheme.  Instead residents,…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on May 19, 2013 at 17:30

Brentford High Street - Achieving regeneration of beauty and a human scale

As many of you will know, the regeneration of Brentford High Street, has been a cause close to my heart for many years.  As a local councillor I convened the start-up of Brentford High Street Steering Group (BHSSG) in 2006 with cross-party support and I remain chair. In 2007 I spent a year facilitating the community participation that led to the …


Posted by Andrew Dakers on November 9, 2012 at 16:00

Work experience and internships: an extended charter?

As I reflected in a blog post last Thursday the idea that left me least convinced in the Prime Minister's speech to the BITC summit was the assertion that: "Put a young person into college for a month’s learning, unpaid – and it’s hailed as a good thing.  Put a young…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on February 26, 2012 at 15:30

Government announces next steps towards scaling up Corporate Responsibility and Open Business

In September 2010 I reflected on the merits of the Government launching an Open Business Responsibility Deal.  Today at the BITC Summit in London - with our new Minister for Corporate Responsibility Norman Lamb looking on - I was delighted to see the idea developed into two distinct…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on February 23, 2012 at 21:30

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