Tuesday 4th Oct 2022

Plan It With Purpose: Launch event

Plan It With Purpose: Launch event

Date:Tue 4th Oct 2022
Time:15:00 - 17:30

Enterprise Nation is delighted to announce we’ve joined forces with AIB and GS1 (Global Standards 1) Ireland to launch Plan It with Purpose Ireland. The programme is designed to help Irish business owners to develop a better understanding of environmental and social issues so they can implement relevant changes to their own business for a better future.

Join us for the launch of Plan it with Purpose Ireland where you will hear from industry experts, and small businesses will share their sustainability journeys.

Through this event and programme, we want to encourage business owners to consider the impact of what they do and make positive changes for the future. 

Agenda for event:

  • 4:00pm: Arrival, Tea & Coffee
  • 4:20pm: Welcome & Introduction from Enterprise Nation Ireland PR Manager, Ali Mills
  • 4:30pm: My sustainable business journey - Anne Abberton, FIXX Coffee
  • 5:00pm: Panel discussion: Sarah Blake, Director - Earthology, Cathal O'Reilly, Founder - Narcissips Ireland, Denis O'Brien, Director of Standards and Solution, GS1 Ireland and David Rath, Head of ESG Customer Support, AIB.
  • 5:30pm: Audience Q+A
  • 5:45pm: Networking
  • 6:30pm: Event Close

Why are these issues important? 

Ireland has a target to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and reduce them to net zero by 2050. To do this, the Government is encouraging businesses to invest in sustainable products, services and business models.  The challenge is on for Irish businesses to reduce their emissions and promote sustainable practices.

Businesses need to act now, and this is where Plan it with Purpose comes in – we provide Irish business owners with all the support they need to make a difference. 

Meet the speakers

Sarah Blake, Director - Earthology

Sarah Blake is enthusiastic about communicating sustainability practices to businesses and individuals in a straightforward way, through talks, workshops and strategy. She believes that putting sustainability at the heart of what your business does will increase revenue, drive staff retention and reduce risk. Sarah’s background is a combination of both Human Resources (CIPD Associate) and Horticulture (RHS trained). Sarah believes that companies can make a profit and be Planet Positive. After studying Sustainability at Cambridge University Sarah founded Earthology and subsequently Green Zebra to help employees and their companies on their sustainability journey, one step at a time! Sarah has also completed the Al Gore Climate Reality training and is a qualified B Leader for those companies interested in becoming B Corporations. Sarah has been certified with the Carbon Literacy project in the UK.

Cathal O'Reilly, Founder - Narcissips Ireland

Cathal O'Reilly is a Chartered Accountant and founder of Narcissips Ireland in 2019. The aim of Narcissips is to raise awareness of the benefits of Reusables & Small Change in our day to day lives regarding all things Sustainability & Climate Change. Since founding, the company has helped 122 children access education, over 2,000 access clean water and removed over 10 million single use items from consumption based on the premise of one reuse, per customer, per day through their "Partnership" initiatives in line with Sustainable Development Goals 4, 6 and 12.

Prior to going full-time with Narcissips Ireland this Summer, Cathal was a Consultant within PwCs FS & Government & Health practices for 6 years.

Anne Abberton, FIXX Coffee

A business graduate of GMIT with 20 years experience in the Travel & Hospitality Industries, Anne has spent much of her working life overseas in coffee growing nations and in countries with strong coffee cultures, so her love for the beverage began organically. Returning to Ireland in 1997, Anne joined the sales and marketing team for the Jury Doyle Hotel Group. Then in 2004 she set up our coffee company by securing exclusive distribution rights for all export brands of Cuban coffee for the Irish and the UK markets.

The FiXX brand now features coffees from around the world.

They supply:

  • Trade customers such as cafes, hotels, restaurants, offices, showrooms and speciality retail outlets.
  • Coffee drinkers who frequent our trade customers’ outlets.
  • Coffee drinkers at home via our online store.

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