Green Bean Studios founder Anita Frost has been invited to speak on a panel as a sustainable brand leader at Insider’s SPARK Retail: Business Meets Innovation Breakfast. The event will take place on 26th September 2023 at Blue Tower in Media City, Salford.
Over the past few years, the retail landscape has undergone huge change, with the pandemic, Brexit, and the war in Ukraine causing many challenges for UK businesses. As a result, consumer habits have evolved, shaping how retailers operate as customers’ spending habits have changed.
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Insider’s Retail Breakfast event will highlight the future of the industry, with experts on several panels sharing their insights and experiences on topics such as: The use of AI and customer profiling; The consumer, ever changing needs and expectations; Sustainability – keeping green and telling the right story; and growth opportunities, transformations and new business models we are witnessing.
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Anita will be speaking on the Sustainable Retail Panel alongside other sustainable brand leaders including Jennifer Blease-Williams, digital marketing lead at B Corp certified natural beauty products brand, Faith In Nature.
She will share her knowledge and expertise on building a sustainable brand from the ground up, discussing ethical retail, entrepreneurship, product development, investment and customer engagement.
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To hear Anita’s insights and how Green Bean Studios is making waves in the retail sector as a sustainable children’s brand working towards B Corp certification, follow the link below to register for the event:
Green Bean Studios has been invited to attend the Create Growth Programme: Investor Roundtable Event in Greater Manchester on 21 September to discuss the challenges and investment opportunities in the creative industries.
Hosted by Innovate UK as part of the DCMS Create Growth Programme, the event brings together regional investors, key stakeholders, and creative businesses with the aim to shine a light on how to drive investment into the sector regionally and nationally.
Earlier this year, Green Bean Studios was awarded funding from Innovate UK’s ‘DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 1’ to support further development of their animated children’s TV series. The funding programme is designed to enable high-potential creative businesses to secure investment and scale their businesses.
The new pre-school TV series Green Bean & Friends which is currently in production aims to tackle the global ecological crisis whilst supporting young children in their vital formative years to learn, play, and have fun outdoor adventures. Access to funding will enable Green Bean Studios to reach more children and families globally to help them thrive.
Being part of the Create Growth Programme is crucial at this stage of Green Bean Studios’ growth and development as the business is ready to scale further.
Founder and award-winning author, Anita Frost, says:
“As a creative business leader in the UK, being involved in key discussions around investment in the industry is a valuable opportunity for us to help shape the future of the creative industry and continue to make noise so that funding goes where it’s needed.
“There are so many fantastic creative businesses innovating across the UK, helping to tackle key societal issues that affect us all – being involved in the DCMS Create Growth Programme, we have a real chance to make a difference with our brand to protect our planet and support children to develop with confidence.”
Learn more about Green Bean Studios recent award wins here:
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It's the moment you've all been waiting with bated breath for! Lol jokes... but seriously I wanted to be able to write a reflective piece this week to share with you my own thoughts and reflections on YSW23 and what you have shared in your feedback too! Sorry it's long... I have a lot of thoughts and you do too!
TL;DR: YSW23 was great, there's some improvements to make as you're expect and YSF Dates for your diary are 10th - 21st June 2024!
We opened YSW23 with our start ups in mind, with Pitch it Green - an opportunity for sustainability start ups to get in front of investors and advisors. I'm thrilled to say that there were two fantastic winners of best pitch and most investible business - Birl and Envirogood - who won access to the Google Start Ups for Sustainable Development Programme which started earlier this week! A massive thank you to the efforts of AD:VENTURE for supporting us as our Sponsor and to NorthInvest for partnering with us to deliver the event!
I think there's a lot more we can do to support our sustainability start up community in 2024, so we'll be integrating more start-up focused content into the conference, including discounted tickets specifically for start ups. Watch this space for more details!
We then hosted our Embrace Equity event on Monday afternoon with speeches from the brilliant Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, Anita Frost and Women in Sustainability Network founder Rhian Sherrington FRSA, Founder / Head Coach who each spoke passionately and honestly about the role of women in sustainability. I thought it was v powerful and lots of others have shared similar feedback with me.
This event was such a great one to run and I'm hoping in the new year we'll get to host regular gatherings of a similar ilk - if demand is there? You tell me! A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors thevaluecircle who I know are keen to continue to support this community of women in sustainable leadership going forward!
Author Anita Frost was honoured to be welcomed to host the official opening of the new play park, which will be a safe green space for children and families to enjoy outdoor time together in the town.
Shevington Memorial Park in Wigan on Saturday 2nd September 2023
Families in the area are invited to attend the official opening ceremony at Shevington Memorial Park on Saturday 2nd September. Anita will host several live interactive storytime sessions, sharing her award-winning stories from the Green Bean Collection with fun adventures for children to get involved in.
There will be a self-led trail for families to explore, finding the unique and lovable characters from the Green Bean stories located around the park, with fun Green Bean stickers for every child who completes the trail.
To find out more and book a free storytime session, visit:
Green Bean At The Park - Family Fun Day Tickets, Sat 2 Sep 2023 at 11:15 | Eventbrite
Melissa Brannlund is the features writer and editor, for author Anita Frost.
Look out for Melissa's latest articles on Anita Frost's author website, where she'll talk about topics including: Business| TV | Music | Publishing, along with author news and events, and giving back to communities.
You can find her in-depth monthly feature on the News & Media page of the Green Bean Collection® website, discussing children's books, reading, and all things Green Bean™
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