Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd
Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd

Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd

Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd is an award-winning landscape design practice whose work encompasses residential, public and commercial projects in both urban and rural settings. The gardens they create are unique and plant-filled to capture the essence of the place and are beautiful as well as functional.

Rachel Bailey, Principal Designer & Director, is acutely aware of the need to manage the business responsibly. More importantly, she works hard to ensure that the potential negative impacts of the gardens they work on are minimised and the potential positive impacts maximised. Green Small Business worked with Rachel to build on the business’s already-established good practice and put in place:

  • A baseline carbon footprint for the business operations, which will allow progress over time to be tracked.
  • An environmental policy setting out a high-level, public-facing commitment to environmental responsibility and the environmental priorities of the business.
  • A set of design principles which clearly and concisely articulate how the policy commitments will be implemented through their design approach. These principles will be used not only to provide a clear framework for their design activity but also for the process of engagement with clients and contractors.
  • An environmental action plan, containing a series of practical actions to address all of the environmental impacts of business operations, garden design, project delivery and maintenance.

We used our work with Rachel as a case study in a recent evening CPD session for members of the Society of Garden Designers. A recording of the session will be available to members and a longer 1-day session is planned for early 2023.

“Having a baseline number for the carbon footprint of our business allows us to measure changes that we make to reduce this. Without an actual figure, it is easy to think that what we are doing is lessening our environmental impact, when it may not be having the kind of impact we hoped. Being certified will show that we are serious in reducing the environmental impact of the business – not just ‘Greenwashing'”

Designworks

Designworks

Designworks are a full-service agency providing web and app development, branding, marketing and design. They have the ability to handle all your marketing requirements will save you time and money, ensures consistency and provide you with a comprehensive marketing strategy.

Green Small Business supported Designworks with the development of a simple, easy-to-manage environmental management system (EMS). This captured all of their ongoing action to manage their environmental impacts, as well as identifying additional action that can be taken in the future. The Green Small Business portal provides them with a straightforward online platform for tracking their progress and accessing advice and resources.

“Green Small Business certification will help decrease both the company’s and supply chain’s carbon footprint and it provides the credentials to support and develop our environmental policy.”

Park Cliffe

Park Cliffe

Park Cliffe is an award winning holiday park in the heart of The Lake District. Located 3 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Park offers a peaceful, tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park is in a world of its own with absolutely stunning views over lake Windermere and the fells and mountains beyond – Lake District camping at its best!

Green Small Business worked with the team at Park Cliffe to produce a simple environmental management system. This will provide them with a clear structure for their ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible.

“Green Small Business have helped us formalise an environmental action plan which enables our team to focus on relevant issues across our business and will demonstrate to our customers our approach to caring for our planet. We hope that our approach will inspire our customers to join that journey themselves.”

Sykes Holiday Cottages

Sykes Holiday Cottages

Sykes Holiday Cottages is one of the UK’s leading independent holiday cottage rental agencies with over 30 years’ experience in the business. They offer over 22,000 holiday homes throughout the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

Their impact on people and the planet is just as important to them as shareholder profit. They want to make sure they do their bit to create a cleaner, greener and fairer future for all by introducing new ways of working that make a positive social and environmental impact.

As part of taking forward this commitment, Sykes drew on the support of Green Small Business to develop a baseline carbon footprint and to guide the development of an environmental action plan, through a process of staff workshops and meetings with the senior management team.

“We’re at the start of our Carbon reduction journey and Tim has helped to guide us through our first footprint measurement. We now have a much better understanding of the process and the data we need to include in our footprint, he has also helped us to identify improvements we can make to get better data for future measurements.

Developing an environmental action plan was a key part of our Impact strategy, the recommendations and advice from Tim will shape our activity which will help us achieve our environmental goals.”

Contact

Contact

Contact is the charity for families with disabled children. They support and bring families together and help them take action for others.

The charity sought support from Green Small Business in order to demonstrate to funders, staff and those that they support that they were committed to environmental responsibility. Green Small Business supported the charity to develop a baseline carbon footprint and developed an action-focused, streamlined environmental management system.

“The carbon footprinting service was a life-saver – working out our carbon footprint was much more complex than we’d imagined and would have taken a huge amount of staff time, so to have the support and guidance from the Green Small Business was brilliant! They took all the hard work out of it and helped us understand what information we needed to provide, guided us through the complexities and was always on hand to answer our questions.

Being Green Small Business certified means that when we approach funders we can demonstrate our commitment to the environment. This is something that most funders and grant-making organisations require now. If we couldn’t demonstrate this it’s highly likely we would lose funding opportunities to competitors.”

UK for Good

UK for Good

The UK for Good story began in Cheshire, when Cheshire for Good was set up to inform, inspire and enable forward-thinking business leaders to better understand and improve their impact on their people, communities and the planet.

They work in partnership with local businesses, public organisations, business networks, and educational institutions, to shape a cleaner, greener, fairer future for all.

Cheshire for Good became a community of great organisations committed to making a bigger difference to their people and the planet, and demand from other regions started to rise. So in 2022, UK for Good was born.

As a supporter of aspiring B Corps, UK for Good was also seeking to achieve B Corp certification. Green Small Business was able to support them on this journey with our environmental management system and carbon footprinting services.

“Understanding the carbon footprint of a business is key to improving. Tim’s explanations of carbon and its impact are super-clear, and relevant to the size and type of business he is supporting. I have collaborated with Tim when working with large, complex businesses, and SMEs and would have no hesitation in recommending Green Small Business.

Being a Certified Green Small Business is a way for us to communicate our environmental commitment and credibility to clients, employees, and other stakeholders.”

eKal Solutions

eKal Solutions

eKal Solutions is a team of certified ERP systems experts. They have a strong ethos that they need to play their part in promoting social responsibility and environmental awareness as they pursue business relationships. They benefited from our carbon footprinting support, alongside the action planning & certification package, which will be vital to their pursuit of BCorp status.

Issues addressed in their environmental action plan: carbon footprinting; service delivery; home working; transport & travel; company administration.

“The process was rigorous, informative and pitched perfectly for smaller businesses. The carbon footprinting service was extremely useful, and in particular it gave us a tool to show our colleagues the advantages and disadvantages of modes of travel and the benefits of home working versus commuting. It gave us a base line to measure against going forward and some changes we can make in order to improve/reduce our impact”

Purple Banana

Purple Banana

Purple Banana Creative Designs are a purpose-driven design and communications studio for brands that do good wanting to maximise their brand awareness for future growth.

Issues addressed in their environmental action plan: carbon footprinting; home working; design work; purchasing of goods and services; transport & travel; company administration.

“Being Green Small Business certified allows us to demonstrate that same level of commitment that we expect and value from our own clients. Not only showing that we actively evaluate every element of our business, but also allowing us to increase our network of sustainability professionals to signpost clients to, to ensure we can provide a 360º oversight of every element of their marketing and comms. “

Hallam

Hallam

Hallam is an award-winning digital marketing agency with offices in Nottingham & London, UK. They’re making a fundamental shift from being a profit-led to a purpose-driven business, and joining the huge, global B Corp movement in the process. Green Small Business certification was a key part of their efforts to achieve B Corp status.

Issues addressed in their Green Small Business action plan included: energy use, homeworking, business travel, design & delivery of projects and company administration.

“We believe businesses have a role to play in creating a future that works for everyone. And for us that’s meant shifting from a shareholder approach to business – where profits are prioritised above all else – to a stakeholder approach to business.

We want to have a positive impact on people – our employees, our clients and our communities – as well as on the planet. And if we do those things right, we believe the profit will follow. That’s why we’ve decided to apply for B Corp certification.

Putting in place a robust Environmental Management System (EMS) is a key part of our commitment to minimising our impact on the environment. As a small business with limited time and resources, it didn’t make sense for us to pursue the ISO 14001 certification. But when our B Leader recommended Green Small Business as a way to follow the principles of ISO 14001 but tailor it to our size and where we are on our journey, it made complete sense.

Tim’s audit was comprehensive and our EMS action plan covers everything from running and cleaning our office to providing employee snacks to business and commuting travel to company administration. With our hybrid working model, we even have a section about encouraging staff to consider the environment in their home office set-ups.

Many of the areas covered by the EMS were new to me personally as well as to the company, so working with Tim at Green Small Business gave us a structured framework with clear steps we can follow to better manage our environmental impacts as well as ideas on how to reduce our carbon footprint.

Having a third party certification also signals to the marketplace that we are taking our responsibility to do business better seriously.”