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Better Business Summit returns to Manchester

There’s just one week until businesses including Patagonia, Tony’s Chocolonely, Ocean Saver and B Lab  discuss how to take action for a ‘better business’ future in Manchester. 

Following a successful debut in 2023 (pictured), the The Better Business Summit (BBS24) returns, taking place from Wednesday, January 17 – Friday January, 19.

Its aim is to champion discussion on innovative approaches to creating systemic change, through collective action, education and supportwhen it comes to sustainability. 

From leadership and finance, to activism, impact and empowerment, the Better Business Summit 2024 will compromise days full of workshops, panels and keynote speeches that fit into the theme of 2024 – Radical Utopia.

In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, the event will take place at MMU’s Business School.

More than 300 attendees are expected to gather to hear from 50+ speakers from leading UK sustainability businesses.

The summit will also be the first conference in the world to include a ‘peace room’, whereby throughout the duration, Caroline Wilson, founder of Still Your Mind, will be meditating to bring a peaceful and positive energy to the event.

Outdoor activities

On January 19, guests can choose between two outdoor activities to reconnect with nature and feel motivated to take action after an inspiring time at the summit:

  • A day with Manchester Urban Diggers at Platt Fields Park where people can don their gardening gloves and get close to nature, whether it’s orchard maintenance, willow weaving or seed sowing.
  • Swapping Manchester’s knowledge corridor for the open pastures and wild moorland of the Peak District, delegates can choose to switch off for the day and benefit from the fresh air with a Peak District Hike with Freshwalks 

The Better Business Summit is the brainchild of Hannah Cox, founder of Manchester-based sustainability impact agency betternotstop and The Better Business Network. 

She said: “We wanted to create something special in the North for business leaders who want to make positive change in their lives, their businesses, and the wider world. We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to event last year, that we’re back bigger and better. 

“We’ve doubled the length of the summit and the amount of activity taking place and hope that guests will be able to learn from some of the brightest changemakers in the UK, as well as inspiring each other to take action.  

“Because, for those of us who are truly passionate about sustainable change, action is what’s needed – we’ve heard lots of talk and it’s time to walk the walk. We underestimate how much power and influence we hold as a business community, and we hope that by bringing people together at this year’s summit, we can show them what real change looks like.”  

Tickets for the event are on sale here. 

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