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Q&A – How to have real social impact (and commercial success)

29 March, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Do you think you and your business are creating an impact?

There are so many opportunities for commercial businesses to have a positive impact in society. Phrases like ‘responsible business’, ‘business for good’ and ‘’purpose’ are increasingly used. But how do you really know if your business is creating an impact? Are you defining it, measuring it? And so what, what will you do with it?

During this one-hour session on 29 March, Amy Lishman, Head of Member Engagement and Deputy CEO is joined by Richard Freeman, CEO of always possible – a consultancy on a mission to help ambitious businesses to define, measure and communicate their impact – for a Q&A about responsible business and impact. We’ll be discussing what impact means for growing businesses, how to use the change you’re making as a commercial driver and what simple tools there are for measuring what’s working.

If you’re a business owner, HR manager or just curious about what might be in store for responsible business growth in the next 12 months, come along with an open mind.

Topics covered include:

  • What is impact with relation to business (and how does this relate to social value, ESG, CSR, ‘purpose’, BCorp etc?)
  • Why would private businesses be interested in this?
  • How to define impact
  • How to measure impact
  • How to talk about impact without switching everyone off
  • Good examples of Sussex businesses using their impact to drive growth.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions both in advance and during the event.

Thanks to our sponsor: Sussex Innovation

The Catalyst Team is made up of University of Sussex graduates able to deliver a wide array of business related projects, with the supervision and strategic insight of the senior management team. Based at the Sussex Innovation Centre we offer growing companies the most flexible, and risk free way to tackle their ‘to-do list’.


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