Major sustainability conference puts North West region in the green spotlight

Sustainability conference In the Circle North West will put the green spotlight on the region next month, offering a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes to get a better understanding of how they can play their part.

Registrations for the free virtual conference taking place on Wednesday, June 30 are now open – click here to register.

In the Circle is being curated by to provide businesses of all sizes with information to inform and inspire about their own operations.

The virtual conference brings together industry leaders, such as Mike Barry who delivered Marks & Spencer’s industry-leading Plan A initiative, high-profile North West entrepreneurs like musicMagpie’s Steve Oliver, and key regional organisations including Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Manchester Climate Change Partnership and Transport for the North.

Check out the confirmed speaker list at

Alec Walton, chief executive of In the Circle, said: “Sustainability has moved up the list of business priorities but many senior managers are unsure how it can apply to their business or how they can be sustainable and benefit their business at the same time.

“In the Circle North West will provide those practical tips and analyse what’s next to give you the information to help position your business for the changes ahead.”

The one-day conference includes sessions on green finance, sustainable transport, supply chain, the region’s energy industry,  manufacturing, construction, utilities and recommerce.

Speakers will explain current trends, share best practice, and explore what’s next, and how businesses can benefit by being more sustainable.

In the Circle is in partnership with Squire Patton Boggs and musicMagpie. The conference is also being sponsored by Mott MacDonald, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, Orderly, and Whitecap Consulting.

Rob Elvin

Rob Elvin, managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Manchester, said: “Tackling climate change has become a global priority. The way businesses manage their environmental practices is not only driven by regulation, but also by stakeholders – whether customers, the workforce, suppliers or investors – how well a business manages these issues has become a driver of value and will determine its competitive edge.

“In partnering with In the Circle, we are committed to working with businesses to help them address risks and opportunities as the UK government continues to advance the climate and environment agenda.”

musicMagpie chief executive Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver, group chief executive and co-founder of musicMagpie, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the In the Circle conference and to be joining together with other businesses that care about sustainability, to share ideas of what we can do as a community to help the planet now and in the future.

“As a business in the circular economy of consumer technology, sustainability is something at the heart of our company and we’re looking forward to hearing about how other businesses are tackling this fundamental issue.”

In the Circle North West is also being supported by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Transport for the North, the Institute of Directors, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Shine.

To book your FREE place click here to register.

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