NRC operations manager Mat Stringer represented the NRC in a gathering of almost 100 businesses from in and around Birmingham at Villa Park last week as part of new business networking group.
Founded with the purpose of building business relationships through Aston Villa, the group provides exciting opportunities to attend networking events for both existing and new regional and national companies.
At the event, head of Villa Foundation Guy Rippon gave an insightful presentation unveiling the club’s ‘Claret, Blue & Green’ initiative, detailing how AVFC rank in Premier League sustainability and the long-term steps being taken to try and achieve net zero. The second speaker was John Reeves, Director of Event Cup Solutions, who operate the UK’s only carbon neutral reusable cup system. John’s engaging presentation gave delegates an understanding of the partnership with AVFC as well as the benefits. By partnering with Event Cup Solutions, the club has seen a vast reduction in matchday litter and waste and it’s estimated that £20,000 of cup deposits will go back into the Foundation per season.
Finally, Regenerco CEO Nigel Price and Brand Ambassador Ian Taylor took to the stage to discuss both the benefits of renewable energy and the carbon benefits of solar generation. Purity Brewing Co were also present during the event, launching their new product ‘Point Five Every-Day Pale’ and discussing how Purity operate to produce sustainably brewed products.
Mat summed up the occasion as: “A great event and brilliant to meet lots of like-minded individuals.”
Connecting all businesses in and around Birmingham, VillaWorks will help companies share knowledge and build long-lasting relationships. The club will be hosting a variety of engaging networking and business events throughout the year, with opportunities to be involved in giveaways and prize draws. The next event is scheduled for May 19.