Your sustainable business starts here

About us

We believe that sustainability is good for business and that business is a power for good for society and the environment.

The Planet Mark Start! was developed specifically to help small businesses, sole traders, start-ups and entrepreneurs to embrace sustainability and experience the benefits.

We are a passionate team of people dedicated to making sustainability more accessible and a simple way of doing better business.

 

The Team

The Planet Mark™ Start programme is delivered by a team of business sustainability experts.

Andy Weeks

Andy Weeks

Sustainable enterprise advisor

Andy has considerable experience in the wider SME sector having spent 23 years in business banking with a major UK lender where he was responsible for a varied portfolio with aggregate debit balances of approaching £20 million. He has also worked in the charity sector for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, (where he remains a Trustee), as well as running his own business advice consultancy and working for Business West’s ‘Access to Finance’ initiative, an independent national business support organisation.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Project manager

Programme managers with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the environmental and hospitality sectors include programme management, business and operations management, skills development, research, business support, and capital projects.

Sarah Gillett

Sarah Gillett

Director at Planet First

Sarah oversees the processing and delivery of all The Planet MarkTM family of certifications. She has worked in sustainability for over 15 years, and has delivered workshops to businesses across many sectors, providing learning opportunities for employees.

Steve Malkin

Steve Malkin

Founder of The Planet Mark™

Steve is CEO of Planet First and founder of The Planet MarkTM, a sustainability certification and programme delivered in partnership with the Eden Project. Our mission is to empower organisations and their people to make continuous improvement in sustainability.

Steve provides strategic and practical advice on business sustainability to corporations and SMEs.

Nadia Karagianni

Nadia Karagianni

Senior Sustainability Consultant at Planet First

Nadia has over eight years of experience of carbon and energy management, and is an expert in the development of carbon and energy management strategies. She provides advice to all holders of The Planet MarkTM on reduction strategies.

George Catchpole

George Catchpole

Marketing Officer at Planet First

George has 3 years’ experience devising communications and social media strategies, and is passionate about communicating sustainability via the mediums of content curation and graphic design.

Partners/Funders

The Planet Mark™ Start! programme is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered as part of the Environmental Business Resource Efficiency (EBRE) Support Service. EBRE is part of the Enterprising West of England programme (EWoE).

The Planet Mark™ Start! programme is being delivered by Planet First and Versio, and our delivery partners include Business West, South Gloucestershire Council and Bath and North-East Somerset Council.

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