Pre-conference catch up with Katherine Piper

Is it really that time of year again?! Time for the Future Leap team to go all out for our Festival of Sustainable Business; our big event of the year. The three-part Festival kicks off with a hybrid conference. The conference will take place on 23rd March 2023 at the Bristol Hotel. Its aim? To inspire businesses to take action on the climate and ecological emergencies. 

Last year, we welcomed 1500 attendees. This year we expect over 2000 coming together to share, learn and connect. 

The Festival of Sustainable Business conference consists of five seminars and networking events. Topics include energy, sustainable investment, retrofit, circularity and biodiversity. We are delighted to welcome reflections from Chris Skidmore OBE (chair of the Net Zero Review), Rebecca Nohl (formerly Dasgupta Review Team) and the Bristol City Leap team, amongst others.  


Mike Barry, former Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks and Spencer, said, “Having been involved with last year’s Festival of Sustainable Business, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Festival as THE place to acquire the knowledge, contacts, and tools for businesses wanting to act on the climate and ecological emergencies. Future Leap has built a vibrant and ACTION-orientated community in the region. Their Festival of Sustainable Business is one not to be missed.” 

We are proud to celebrate our sponsors, who make this event possible. Huge thanks to Bevan Brittan, Equans, Kensa, Latcham, lawlight, Rin Hamburgh and Co, Termex, TLT, the West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme and Bristol City Leap. We are especially excited to welcome Building Growth South West as a headline sponsor! We still have two headline sponsorship opportunities available as well as slots for Inclusivity, Conference Networking Zone, Exhibition Outdoor Zone and Waste Award. Do get in touch if of interest. 


Later in the year, Future Leap will be hosting a free Exhibition on 15th June and an Awards Ceremony on 9th November.  


And the action doesn’t stop there. A week after the conference, Future Leap is partnering with Bristol City Leap to deliver their launch and roadshow series. Bristol City Leap is a twenty-year joint venture between Bristol City Council, Ameresco and Vattenfall Heat UK. It will enable the delivery of over £1 billion of investment into Bristol’s energy system.  

It is so exciting to be in such a vibrant, forward-thinking city. We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival, whether in person or virtually, as we work together towards a more sustainable future.  We’re can’t wait to welcome you at the conference.


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