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Introducing Blue Earth Summit

5,000 makers, mavericks, founders, futurists, adventurers and investors prepare to turn business on its head
Surfer catching a wave at The Wave inland surfing destination, Bristol

This article first appeared in our Organic September issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 14 September 2022. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Blue Earth Summit is returning to Bristol for a second year, with an expanded programme running over three days (11-13 October) and a new, larger venue to play host to up to 5,000 attendees.

A breakthrough business event with a difference, Blue Earth Summit will harness the power of the outdoors to inspire sustainable mindsets and foster meaningful connections.

Day three of the event will take place at The Wave, enabling attendees to get outdoors and get active.

The Summit will bring together a community of business professionals looking to make a positive impact and effect change at their place of work. Whether from the most innovative outdoor brand or the biggest global service provider, attendees all share the belief that business must be a force for good when it comes to protecting our planet and its people.

Why Bristol?

When deciding on a home city for the Summit, Bristol – the first British city to be named European Green Capital – stood out as the obvious choice.

The event has grown and is set to welcome five times the number of attendees compared with year one, so a new venue in the city was needed. Propyard was chosen as the venue because it shares the same core values around sustainability plus environmental and social issues.

Inspiration, insight & knowledge

A programme featuring over 70 speakers and 20 workshop sessions will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and actionable insight on core themes ranging from purpose-led business, health and wellbeing to energy transition, youth and inclusion.

The Bristol arts and culture scenes will be represented in sessions looking at how large-scale events and festivals can operate more sustainably and how venues can move towards net-zero carbon, with wider issues including how city-centre transportation can be transformed to combat air quality.

The Pitch Tent will return to include Adventure & Impact projects alongside Business, which was extremely popular with the companies who successfully pitched to leading investment firms last year.

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Partners and speakers

Richard Walker, Iceland’s MD, will be a headline speaker at the event in October, having already publicly committed the company to bold sustainability goals.

‘If you and your business are passionate about our planet and the people who work for you, Blue Earth Summit is for you’, Richard said. ‘I am very much looking forward to this year’s Summit as we all need to discover and celebrate how we create businesses that do good. Combined with that is a celebration of the outdoors, whether that means encouraging people to walk around their local parks or spending time at the beach if they can. We know it benefits people’s mental and physical health. They are shared goals.’

New speakers joining Richard this year include ocean racer Pip Hare and activist Poppy Stowell-Evans, alongside representatives from leading brands such as Rab and Aqua Libre.

The Summit will also welcome back headline speakers including Eden Project’s Sir Tim Smit, Surfers Against Sewage founder Hugo Tagholm and Kresse Wesling CBE from Elvis & Kresse, plus brands such as Trek, BUFF and pioneering sports venue The Wave.

Reconnecting with nature

Bringing together makers, mavericks, founders, futurists, adventurers and investors creates a unique opportunity to meet with like-minded attendees who are putting sustainability at the forefront of business.

The event is built around the belief that the great outdoors can be a catalyst for great ideas, and that networking is better done out on a trail run than in a stuffy conference hall.

Networking in a traditional format just doesn’t cut it these days, which is why day three of Blue Earth will be hosted at The Wave.

After a packed schedule of content at Propyard, attendees will get to surf, swim, run, cycle and climb with their new connections.

Blue Earth Summit is designed to be a place of positive action and can-do attitude inspired by the great outdoors, and the event will provide a vibrant platform to spark natural connection between business and industry.

‘Networking can often be seen as a cynical exchange of business cards but the exchange of mutually beneficial ideas at last year’s Summit was extraordinary’, said Will Hayler, Blue Earth Summit’s co-founder. ‘It was the first time so many people with shared visions and values had been able to connect in a business context. The energy and ideas both in the room and out in the open were amazing.’

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