Co-op Energy sponsors Greenbelt Festival
Co-op Energy are sponsoring the Greenbelt Festival from 25th-28th August and will be speaking at a fringe on the themes of ‘The Common Good’ and building a better business world.
Published 16 Aug 2017
The Greenbelt Festival is an annual festival of arts, faith and justice held on the Boughton Estate near Kettering, Northamptonshire. It has been running since 1974 and promotes a Christian worldview based on the values of tolerance, dialogue and hope.
Co-op Energy, The Phone Co-op and Anthony Collins Solicitors have come together to sponsor ‘The Exchange’ at the festival which supports a programme of inspiring speakers, interviews and discussion.
On Saturday Peter Westall from Midcounties Co-operative, Paul Phare from Energy4All and Vivian Woodell, the founder of The Phone Co-op, will talk about what difference the structure and ownership of a business make, and in particular what makes a co-operative distinctive.
On Monday a panel of seasoned co-operative experts including Joshua Brown, Renewables Manager from Co-op Energy, Vivian Woodell and Cliff Mills from Anthony Collins Solicitors will debate how to build a better business world.
Peter Westall, former Group General Manager for Co-op Energy and now GGM for Colleagues and Co-operative Support Services, said “Co-op Energy are delighted to be sponsoring the Greenbelt Festival and talking about ‘The Common Good’ and how to build a better business world. Like the Greenbelt Festival we have a strong set of values that underpin everything we do – democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility. As a co-operative we work hard to show why were different from other businesses from members getting a say in how we’re run to choosing where we buy their energy from. Most big energy suppliers are owned by shareholders, so any profit they make goes back to the shareholders, rather than the customers. When Co-op Energy makes a profit it’s our members and their local communities who see the benefits, not shareholders. We’re also committed to a sustainable world, and this is reflected in our ambition to obtain 75% of our energy from renewable sources within the next two years. As an important step towards this, we’ve already ceased contracting energy that is generated from coal fired power stations”.