People especially business owners tend to be a cynical lot - nothing goes for nothing. I remember as part of the support I provide through @Enterprising Female, signposting a lady business owner, to where she could get further help with her fledgling business free. Her answer why? Why would they do that, Funmi? I went on to explain about funding. There was even a business owner that poked suspicion, about the entire concept of Enterprising Female and its entirely altruistic agenda, to help women thrive. She said something along the lines you can say its about supporting women businesses but we all really just want to promote our own businesses. Wrong.
Enterprising Female is entirely about women equality, through business promotion & growth. A not - for- profit, social enterprise, from which I earn nothing, just enough of a charge, to cover expenses. Low, low prices, plenty of flexibility & in -built business advice, from my management consulting & business advice, experience spanning 19 years. Our Next event is 27th October at W2 London. If you're a small business owner, join us. Take advantage of our tiny priced stalls & other business growth options, for humongous returns. Be less of a cynic, there are genuine people out there. If it helps, though, I wear another hat to earn my living.
Putting your money where your mouth is is definitely the way I like to approach life. After taking a Managing Responsibly On- line course by Manchester University, applying the new techniques I learnt in the workplace could be considered given. However, I’m pleased to say this course, as well as others in Sustainability, came in handy on a personal level, when I moved into new place last year. I noticed that although the block of at least 50 flats of professional people was well maintained, surprisingly it had no recycling bins. I mentioned it to on – site management but was given a story about the Council taking the recycling bin away, the year previous. At first I took this at face value but noticing the inordinate amounts of recyclable material, we were binning, decided this was something I needed to take up, when after mentioning it further, no action was taken.
I Googled, found the number, telephoned and was told I needed commercial recycle bins, which could only be ordered by the building’s management, due to the nature of the building. I passed the message onto the lady- in -charge, whom bluntly refused to call. Undeterred I left her the phone number & suggested she try & arrange a bin for the building, due to the overwhelming waste. Nothing happened, so determined to do my bit to act responsibly & contribute towards a sustainable future for the next generation, enquired about personal recycling. I was informed I could pick up recycling bags, at the library & drop outside every Wednesday, for picking the following day.
I’m glad to say I’ve done this & my many bottles, cans, cardboard etc is now part of the wider drive to save our planet, from over consumption. I recently made the effort again to galvanize management, into moving on recycling, to no avail. I also pointed out a couple of energy inefficiencies in the building, though I don’t know how seriously they’re taking me. Anyway, the moral of this is, a little goes a long way & don’t be undeterred by the laziness or irresponsibility of other people. No matter how small the contribution it does make a difference.