World renowned entrepreneur to share his thoughts with leading Suffolk business

Gunter Pauli

03 Apr 2012

Businesses across Suffolk and Norfolk will have the opportunity to hear from a world renowned ‘green’ expert when he visits the region in May the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce have announced.

Gunter Pauli, a world-leading sustainability expert is an entrepreneur, lecturer, author and commentator on culture, science, politics, sustainability and the environment.

“We are delighted that someone like Gunter, who is so well known and respected on the global stage is coming to our region,” said John Dugmore from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce who are co-hosting the event with their partners in Norfolk.

“His presentation will be on entitled ‘Redefining competitiveness by changing the rules of the game’ and I know from speaking to businesses over the last month how much they value what he has to say. It will be a real shot in the arm at a challenging economic time for us all,” he added.

The Sustainability 2012 Conference will be on 10 May 2012 at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

“I am delighted to be speaking at Sustainability 2012,” Gunter told the Chamber.  “It is established as the largest show of its kind in East Anglia and, therefore, plays a vital role in keeping the region up to date with sustainability issues.”

“I hope my presentation will get delegates thinking. The main challenge of the ‘Green Economy’ is that it requires companies to invest more and consumers to pay more. This is justified when the world economy is expanding and unemployment is decreasing, but is a more difficult strategy when demand drops, consumer confidence dwindles and people know their jobs are in jeopardy,” he added.

“Gunter is a very distinguished speaker who will resonate with local business big and small,” John Dugmore continued.  “On the key issues which we need to address we know that he will raise some thought-provoking issues. Securing Gunter, plus a host of other industry-leading speakers, shows how important this event has become for tackling sustainability issues in Suffolk and Norfolk.”

Sustainability 2012 will also hear from other leading national speakers that work directly with business in Suffolk. They include Tom McGarry from EDF and Mark Pendlington, the Corporate Affairs Director from Anglian Water who also Chairs the New Anglia LEP Green Economy Pathfinder.

Now in its third year, the Sustainability 2012 Conference will focus on Low Carbon Technologies and Built Environment Innovation. The aim of the event is to highlight the clear distinction between how small and large companies need to react and plan for a range of new initiative.

Delegates will be offered a global insight into the need for sustainable developments, the UK-based regional perspectives, as well as county-based opportunities. The Conference will also offer a wide choice of learning and interactive workshops and include an exhibition to showcase new products and innovations.

For more information, to book a ticket for the Conference, or to book a stand, go to www.sustainability2012.com  or call 01603 625977.

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