Winter newsletter

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Welcome to our quarterly newsletter! In this newsletter, we’ll give you the highlights of what we’ve been up to over the last few months, including our progress on Innovate UK Arena17 project, our Purple Tuesday Pledge, and our blog series on making sustainability more inclusive.

Happy Holidays from Beyond Green! We wish you a lovely and relaxing holiday season.

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Our Arena17 project will transform financial data into affordable and reliable dashboards for sustainable Small and Medium size businesses (SMEs). Funded by Innovate UK, the Software-as-a-Service platform will integrate with cloud accounting systems, to provide streamlined and verified sustainability metrics in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Collaboration with Chiene+Tait

Collaboration with forward thinking professionals is critical if we are going to achieve a zero carbon world.  We are delighted to be partnering with the team at Chiene+Tait, an award winning Accountancy and Advisory firm based in Edinburgh, to shape how the Arena17 can provide actionable insights to save their clients money. More about our collaboration will be covered in an article in ICAS CA Magazine in the coming month to raise awareness and encourage other firms to get involved so the accountancy profession can play a leading role in a zero carbon world.
Progress on the model
 
The brain behind the Arena17 is the model. It deals with the information that users input, calculates the opportunities and then provides the outputs. Currently, this is in the form of a trusty-old Excel spreadsheet. Before we move to something more sophisticated and purpose built with code, we need to know the theory behind our assumptions and calculations is sound. This is why we have been testing the logic, ease of use, and accuracy of the model. The first tests with C+T are complete and we are in the process of implementing the feedback provided before round two!
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Purple Tuesday Pledge

Tuesday 12th of November was Purple Tuesday – a day when businesses reflect on how accessible they are and how they can make their disabled customers and clients feel more welcome. We’ve taken the Purple Pledge this year; we are pledging to improve our website to be more accessible, and to aim to make the sustainability conversation more accessible to everyone.

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Series of Blogs

As part of our aim to make the conversations around sustainability more inclusive and accessible, we’ve started having discussions in our office about how the industry is sometimes failing or alienating people. We have captured some of these discussion points in a series of blog posts linked below.

Part 1: Hope for the Future: the event that started a conversation

Part 2: Sustainability and Disability

Part 3: Lost by Words – Barriers to sustainability

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Castle Group Scotland at the VIBES awards

This year we were delighted to attend the Scottish Environmental Business Awards (VIBES) with our long time client Castle Group Scotland! Castle Group Scotland were finalists for the ‘Best of VIBES’ award, celebrating 20 years of the environmental awards. Previously, Castle Group Scotland won in 2012 for ‘Best Management SME’ for their environmental management system. Since 2012 they’ve made strides in their environmental performance, including over 90% diversion from landfill rates, championing the reuse of materials, and more.

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We also want to say a big congratulations to our client Aberdeen Performing Arts who have won a 2019 VIBES award in the Engaging Scotland category. We are proud to be working with the theatre and performing arts company and have recently completed in-depth energy efficiency reviews at all their sites. We look forward to continuing to work together in 2020. If you are looking for some festive entertainment take a look at their excellent programme here

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