Building and Futureproofing a Purpose-Driven ESG Business

17 June 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

Delivered via Zoom

ESG - it's not another buzzword but an acronym defining the future of business.

As investors, stakeholders, employees and consumers look to purpose-driven and value-based businesses, an ESG (environmental, social and governance) model is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a must for businesses wanting to achieve longevity and sustained growth.

Hearing from entrepreneur Pete Lillie, financial advisor Rhiannon Nightingale and wealth manager Tom Solly, this panel discussion will present three different perspectives on the ESG framework, exploring how, by building a business with ESG at its core, you can lead a stronger business with greater employee engagement and improved financial success.

We’ll delve deeper into what ESG is and explore the benefits of building a purpose-driven business. In particular, we’ll look at:

  • What ESG is and how businesses of any size can get started
  • Why ESG is key to achieving long-term growth and ensures your business is futureproofed
  • How ESG can influence starting, growing, selling or buying a business in 2021 and beyond
  • How businesses can make short-term changes resulting in long-term success
  • What we can learn from the big players in sustainability

Our panel discussions are shaped by the experiences of our panellists and questions asked by the audience, so while we hope to cover the topics above, we may discuss other related topics during the session.

About Our Speakers

Pete Lillie was the co-founder and commercial director of Presca Sportswear and founder of Double A Side Consulting. Founded in 2014, Presca’s aim was to provide the most sustainable and environmentally-sound performance sportswear on the market by taking materials which pollute the earth – such as discarded plastic and fishing nets – and redesigning them into performance sportswear which was built to last. In 2021 he launched Double A Side, a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses to develop commercial strategies that balance both profitability and sustainability.

Rhiannon Nightingale is an experienced Corporate Finance practitioner who joined Ryecroft Glenton in April 2020. Rhiannon has a first-class degree from Bristol University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Since then she has spent time as an in-house Mergers and Acquisitions adviser for a large business in the North East, leading its acquisition strategy. Rhiannon’s work focuses on advising companies, entrepreneurs and investors on all types of transactions throughout all stages of the business lifecycle, including advising on fundraising, the provision of business & strategic advice, all the way through to traditional M&A.

Tom Solly joined Brewin Dolphin’s Newcastle office in 2010 and works in one of the private client teams. He and a colleague co-manage £240m of funds for their clients. Tom also sits on Brewin Dolphin’s ESG Investment committee and helps shape the group’s strategy around responsible investing. Tom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

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