Business in the Community in the East Midlands will demonstrate how local businesses are helping consumers to live more sustainable lives
Today 9 September 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales will visit the Meadows Area in Nottingham on the fourth day of His Royal Highness’s national Start* tour. The tour, which takes the Prince, via Royal Train, to ten different locations throughout Britain, aims to celebrate sustainable community living.
“With START, our objective is to demonstrate an inspiring picture of a sustainable future. Through clear, positive advice and support, and by highlighting the very best examples of sustainable practice in Britain, START aims to help make the shift towards more sustainable living as straightforward as possible.
“The partnerships that have been formed in the Meadows Area in Nottingham show all of us that one does not need to live in a rural village to build community cohesion or, indeed, a vegetable patch big enough for everyone to get involved. I am delighted that, as part of my START visit, I will be there for the launch of the East Midlands Mayday Network, the latest regional addition to my national network of over 2,500 businesses working towards a sustainable future.”
The Prince will start his day at the Bridgeway Centre where he will meet with business leaders, he will see Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, meet a 73 year local resident who has benefited from solar panels in her home, and visit two faith centres. In Nottingham, The Prince will visit:
Mozes, a community-owned power company, which is run in partnership with British Gas. On his visit, HRH will see for himself the work that has been done by the Mozes project. This includes helping the Meadows to reduce its carbon footprint, to become self-sufficient in its energy use, and become an energy generating community. This allows residents of the Meadows to access affordable energy and the HRH will see first-hand how this has been done by visiting a local resident who has lived in the Meadows all her life.
Arkwright Meadows Community Garden – This garden was created by local Meadows residents in 2001. They have transformed a disused, unloved rubbish-strewn playing field into a green space for local people to use. Local residents can now enjoy the benefits of a safe space for family events, as a place of learning and the opportunity to buy freshly grown organic fruit and vegetables.
Faith Centres in Collygate Road – both centres have been regenerated. They are the Full Gospel Revival Church and the Muslim Community Centre. HRH will get the opportunity to go inside each venue and see for himself the amazing work that is taking place and get the opportunity to speak to both centres. HRH will also get the opportunity to hear about how MOSAIC is going forward in Nottingham.
MOSAIC is an initiative of HRH and was convened by Business in the Community. MOSAIC works with young Muslims providing mentoring experiences and aims to raise aspirations and provide opportunities. For more information go to http://www.mosaicnetwork.co.uk
START Seeing is Believing delegation will also join the HRH on his visit. This delegation of senior private and public sector business leaders have been brought together to create a new region-wide East Midlands Mayday Network. Led by John Crackett, Managing Director of Distribution for E.ON UK, this delegation will work with HRH to develop key low carbon and energy efficient initiatives to help the East Midlands take its first steps to creating a Regional Mayday Action Plan.
David Cooke, BITC’s East Midlands Regional Director, said: “Business in the Community has a successful track record of helping the corporate sector to find the best way of working with local communities for the benefit of people and planet. We are delighted to be masterminding this forthcoming visit by our President, The Prince of Wales, to encourage and celebrate local Start initiatives. BITC is proud to be involved in convening and fostering sustainable community partnerships and campaigns.”
John Crackett, Managing Director of Distribution for E.ON UK, said “As society moves to a low carbon economy, E.ON is changing the way energy is produced and used. As a key player in this transformation, it is a privilege to be leading this Seeing Is Believing delegation of Private and Public Sector business leaders. This provides a great opportunity to work with HRH in developing innovative initiatives to help the East Midlands take its first steps to creating a Regional Mayday Action Plan. EON wholeheartedly supports both the Mayday Network and Start campaign. I personally look forward to moving the agenda forward in the East Midlands.”
*More about Start…
Start (www.startuk.org) is a national initiative by The Prince’s Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. HRH is touring the country, visiting community groups and examples of sustainable behaviour, as well as three national Start festivals, to help show how we can all make positive changes to our lifestyles.
The Prince’s Start initiative builds on the work of the charity Business in the Community, of which HRH has been President for 25 years. Over that time, BITC has been working with businesses to develop partnerships which create, promote and support sustainable communities. HRH’s visit to Nottingham will showcase these successful partnerships, which support his Start objectives.
Start is a Public/Private/NGO partnership which has been created in response to research which shows that when it comes to dealing with issues like climate change and sustainability, people are confused and are looking for information and advice.
It is all about exploring what is possible: from the cheapest and simplest to the most complex and futuristic; from quick fixes to long-term solutions. So far, a number of leading businesses have signed up to the initiative including B&Q, Virgin Money, Marks and Spencer, Asda, EDF Energy, Addison Lee, IBM UK & Ireland and BT Group plc.
The week-long tour will culminate in ‘A Garden Party to Make A Difference’ in the gardens of Clarence House, Lancaster House and Marlborough House from the 8th to the 19th September 2010.