How to take advantage of the rise in B Corps

Four years since the launch of B Corps in the UK and many of the UK’s for-profit organisations are yet to join this global movement, which commits B Corp certified companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. What is a B Corp? To date there are 2, 788 B Corps across 150 industries in over 60 countries, including 199 here in the UK. The community of B Corp holders...

Viya Nsumbu 24th Jul, 2019 Insight
ESG , Investment , business
3 min read

5 Responsible Business Trends you can’t afford to ignore

For just thirty seconds I would like you to picture an ethical consumer. Their clothing, their age, their interests, who they hang out with… If you thought of a middle-aged, mung bean eating, tie dye, sandal and sock wearing eco warrior then you are wrong. In 2019, the ethical consumer can (and should) be anyone, so businesses must ask themselves what impact they have on the planet, on people and on customers – and therefore how they can be a responsible...

Viya Nsumbu 17th Apr, 2019 Strategy 2 min read

Women in Parliament : Fifteen Firsts

2018 marks the centenary of the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which enshrined in law the right of women to sit in the House of Commons. In November, we celebrated 100 years since the law was passed, and over 300 women visited Westminster for an event encouraging more women to stand for election, organised by campaign group

Viya Nsumbu 11th Dec, 2018 Insight
women , parliament
2 min read

Via-no show: A lesson in how not to do a Select Committee

In perhaps the biggest act of self-sabotage since Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal in the 2018 World Cup final, ticket reselling company Viagogo refused to attend a select committee hearing for the second time. With an 

Viya Nsumbu 11th Sep, 2018 Strategy 3 min read

Taxing the gig economy

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) published a discussion paper recommending that the Government compel gig economy platforms, such as Uber and Deliveroo, to deduct tax from the earnings of self-employed workers. If accepted by the Government, the move would see the creation of a system similar to PAYE and would ease the compliance burden faced by the estimated 1.3 million gig economy workers, as well as providing HMRC with additional income. Currently, those working in the gig...

Viya Nsumbu 26th Jul, 2018 Strategy

Bath Bombs… and Bombing More Generally

British high street retailer and cosmetics brand, Lush, has received fierce criticism for its campaign #SpyCops. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, led by Sir John Mitting, established in 2015 to investigate undercover police operations by English and Welsh police forces. The inquiry is the result of a string of 

Viya Nsumbu 6th Jun, 2018 Insight 3 min read

How to lose friends and alienate audiences

JD Wetherspoon announced that it will be closing down its social media accounts with immediate effect. Chairman Tim Martin stated that the public’s favourite pub chain would be leaving Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, following the “bad publicity surrounding social media.” Citing the rise of online bullying, the misuse of personal data and unhealthy social...

Viya Nsumbu 20th Apr, 2018 Insight