Yorkshire Water CEO urges business leaders to fuel innovation via collaboration

Yorkshire Water CEO Richard Flint will call on the region’s business leaders to harness their extensive networks and forge robust partnerships to innovate and seek out new solutions at a national environment conference in Leeds on May 12.

Organised by Business in the Community and sponsored by Yorkshire Water the ‘Business Unusual’ conference at the Headingley Experience will emphasise how innovation drives positive and sustainable business change in today’s resource-constrained world.

Yorkshire Water is preparing for a range of fundamental challenges and opportunities to ensure the long term success of its business and the viability of the essential water and waste water services it delivers to 5m people and 135,000 businesses across Yorkshire.

Commented Yorkshire Water CEO Richard Flint, Chair of the regional BITC Board: “A key focus for our business is continual collaboration and innovation– especially in relation to challenges and opportunities brought about by extreme weather and the changing climate, resource efficiency and the circular economy, and energy and carbon emissions, all of which are critical to maintaining water services and keeping costs of customers’ bills down.”

“We call on the region’s business leaders to forge new and strong collaborations that ensure a healthy, thriving Yorkshire which is supported by sustainable businesses which are prepared for the long term.”

Chris Harrop, Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network will chair the event where high-profile speakers also include Mike Barry, director of sustainable business, M&S, Bert van Son, CEO of acclaimed innovator Mud Jeans, Georg Ell, country director UK & Ireland of Tesla Motors, Paul Corbin, UK Manager, Customer Inspired Innovation, 3M – and Sam Fulton, global communications director at Unilever.

The day-long event will conclude with an interactive session entitled ‘Building the Business Model Unusual’ which will harness ten key levers for a sustainable business model.

Concluded conference organiser Elizabeth Edgington, BITC’s Area East head of environment: “Drawing on Unilever’s breadth and depth of experience, Sam Fulton will share how the region’s CEOs and MDs can apply these powerful levers – enabling them to measure how they are tackling sustainable business challenges.

“Attendees can learn from those who are already putting this into practice – and come away with a checklist for change that can be implemented at both a strategic and practical level.”

For more information about the conference, or to book at place, visit www.bitc.org.uk/businessunusual

Written on 1st April 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News