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New iiE Business Relationship Officer

Category: Business

Date: 20.03.2014

Time: 17:10

Having completed my first week at PECT as a Business Relationship Officer I can honestly say I am thoroughly enjoying my new role and can’t wait to get more involved and to recruit more members to the brilliant Investors in the Environment Scheme.

From my first impressions of the company I can see that my time here will be very varied, already having a diary date for tree planting and a business breakfast to look forward to, and far less structured than the commercial world I am used to. As a native of Peterborough I am excited to be part of a charity that makes a difference in the local community, I will be spending time with all of the project leaders in the next few weeks to find out more about the different schemes such as Greenaversity and the Rivercare Project.

I’m looking forward to learning about living more sustainably having already picked up a few facts such as ‘If everyone lived like an average European we would need 3 planets to live on’, certainly makes you think!! Apart from general awareness on environmental issues a lot of this is all new to me but on a personal level my first week here has definitely made me more ethically self aware and I now question myself as to whether I really need to use so much electricity around the home and to ensure I am using my recycling bags and banning carrier bags from our household. I’m also walking or cycling to and from work, as well as reducing my carbon footprint I’m enjoying the daily exercise. 

I can see huge potential for small and medium businesses becoming accredited with iiE and hope to grow the membership significantly. I strongly believe that Environmental issues should be high up on the agenda of all businesses and I think a ‘Green Champion’ should be as necessary within the work place as a First Aider or Fire Marshall. With the ever changing legislation in Environmental policies and the need for Corporate Social responsibility in the workplace I can see a real need for iiE membership and I’m looking forward to helping small and medium businesses on their green journey.

I have been made to feel most welcome by all of my new colleagues, all of whom are a lot more knowledgeable than myself in all things green.  I’m looking forward to learning from them not to mention more lunch time Yoga in the office!! With the prospect of getting involved in events such as The Green Festival (although I am yet to be persuaded to dress as a bin or a banana in Peterborough Town Centre!) and tree planting in the city I am feeling very excited about my future here at PECT   

Sally Evans
An Eco Warrier in the making


Vikram Thomas, Business Support Officer for iiE

Category: Business

Date: 14.03.2014

Time: 15:01

Hi.  My name is Vikram Thomas and I have recently joined PECT as a Business Support Officer for the Investors in the Environment (iiE) scheme.  I have always had an interest in environmental issues and volunteered as a River Steward in Sheffield before I decided to do my masters in Environmental Management and build my career within the sector.

My role involves supporting  our iiE members through their Green journey, from initial pledge  to accreditation.  I seek to help in any way possible as well as promote them as a Green Business.  I have to remind them of the various benefits available to them and ensure that they make the most out of their membership. 

In the future I will also be conducting on-site audits which is a very exciting prospect for me as I will be able to meet our members face to face as well as get a first hand perspective of their businesses and operations.

I truly believe that iiE is an excellent scheme.  We help businesses improve their environmental performance, make significant financial savings as well as give them a credible Green Stamp of approval to show off on their websites and publications.  Considering that we are relatively low cost, flexible  and provide so much support and promotion, it really is a win-win situation for our members.  This is reflected by the fact that we already have two UK Franchises and are continually expanding every day.

I have had some thoroughly enjoyable conversations with our members.  Most notably with Shield Technologies and Kitchen Range Foods Ltd who both have awesome Green champions.  It’s great to see that more and more people are becoming enthused and proactive about “Greening” their businesses.
It has also been great to meet the team at PECT and find out about all the exciting projects going on and how I can link these in with iiE. 

Recently I took part in Green Leap Day alongside colleagues from PECT.  It was a fun day out where I got the opportunity to plant apple and pear trees as well as help with a bonfire and a raft.  I hope to get outdoors to do more work like this in the future.

With skilled, friendly and enthusiastic people, Peterborough definitely has scope to become the Environment Capital of the UK with PECT leading the way!


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