Rethink Sustainability: From Cost Center to Growth Driver

12:15 - Thursday 7th October 2021


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A convergence of forces is driving the need for companies to rethink what sustainability means to their business. From increased regulations for the health and safety of customers and employees to economic factors such as rising energy costs and ambitious net-zero goals, conditions are changing. Being a sustainable business is becoming crucial to staying competitive, attracting top talent, and improving the bottom line.

In this session, attendees will hear from a panel of executives discuss how retail and commercial property groups can assess their operations to become more efficient to help mitigate the commercial effects of the pandemic. They will also hear from Wilko, one of the UK’s largest family-owned DIY, homeware, and garden retailers, about how they are working to achieve their environmental targets.

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Paul Phillips

Director of International Sales

Turntide Technologies

Paul Phillips is an entrepreneurial sales professional with a 25-year successful track record of growing international divisions of market-leading organizations.

With the experience of big data, analytics and connected devices Paul is using these skills together with his passion for sustainability and carbon neutrality to expand the Turntide operations. Turntide Technologies develops breakthrough sustainability technologies that drive down energy consumption and operating costs in buildings, agriculture, and electric transport, boosting bottom lines and smoothing a global path to 100% clean energy.

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James Dorling

Group Property & Estates Directo


With more than two decades of experience in retail operations, real estate, and sustainability practices, James Dorling and his team oversee strategy, acquisition, management, construction, procurement, store relay, and maintenance for more than 400 Wilko locations.

Dorling previously held leadership positions at several large retailers including Walgreens, Walmart, and Tesco where he improved operational efficiencies, established carbon reduction initiatives, and developed estate strategies.

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Simon Potts

Managing Director

Future Motors

Initially qualified in accountancy, Simon Potts now has broad senior management experience in a range of industries including travel retail, commercial, high street travel, property management, as well as in the development and procurement of sustainable energy-efficient solutions, CSR, and change management.

His passion is finding and delivering commercial solutions for businesses, which are demonstrably sustainable while having a positive and measurable impact on P&L.

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