I strive to run my business as sustainably as possible and to embed social benefit into my work-life.
Minimising environmental impact
I run my business from home and use integrated communications to minimise travel. Necessary journeys are made using public transport whenever possible; when I need to drive it's in a compact hybrid car. My home is powered by a 3.92kW solar PV installation which is more than sufficient to run my business machines during daylight hours; I plan to invest in battery storage in future. I use a Fairphone.
Data storage and back-office services are all cloud-based. I print as little as possible and use a Kyocera M5526cdw cartridge-free multi-function printer which also enables documents to be scanned to file or email.
Maximising social benefit
I set aside time for pro-bono work with a focus on the environment, community and the arts. Current voluntary posts include:
Deputy Chair of Connect Reading, the business community partnership for Reading
Board member of the Reading Climate Change Partnership
Volunteer chaperone for Starmaker Theatre Company
We also keep bees which produce urban honey.