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30 June – 4 July 2014

I started the week clearing all the usual monthly admin before spending some time working through our portfolio of projects making sure details were correct and up to date. After then watching two internal update meetings (one recorded and one live – the great ways we are kept informed as field workers) I completed details to have one of our autumn competitions authorised.

Tuesday I headed to the Swindon office and caught up with my boss on the train. Once there I had catch up meetings with colleagues on the Resource Efficiency portfolio and financial planning before heading on to Bath (and serendipitously catching up with another colleague on that train). I was in Bath for the Chancellor’s Dinner which was part of graduation week. The new Chancellor is the HRH Earl of Wessex which meant the dinner was in the lovely surroundings of the Pump Room at the Roman Baths with coffee taken ‘bath-side’ to finish the night. It was a great evening for networking and my first time seeing the baths (see photo below). I even tried the water.

The next morning I trained into London (awful journey thanks to signalling issues, overcrowding and tube maintenance) and after a bit of work at our hotdesk space at BIS relocated to Greenwich to meet with Mark Shayler. Mark is one of the design and sustainability experts we use in The Great Recovery and other projects and works across industry on such topics. It was good to hear the latest and check on plans to have him running a hands-on workshop at Innovate14 – don’t miss it!

I then left the sunshine to return to BIS and meet with our Urban Living and Assisted Living Innovation Platform teams to discuss the big area where they overlap. Local authorities and cities are responsible for the care of older people and with changing demographics this share of the budget will grow. Helping people take control of their health and growing support communities will help with some of this burden but many of the solutions lie within the control of cities themselves. We were clear this was a space rich for innovation and that we’d work on joint future competitions that brought forward the challenges and perspectives of the health & care sector and local & city authorities.

Thursday and Friday were spent at home doing more work on our project portfolio and clarifying the financial position. This was interspersed with: a chat with our new Assisted Living Platform person, input to Defra work on business valuing Nature, planning for business consultations the next two weeks on barriers to the circular economy, writing a piece for our website on doing business in Brazil and discussing sustainability in the hospitality sector.


Other topics discussed this week: reinforced jeans crotches, lime, and the value of Doctoral Training Centres.

Stat of the week:  Approx 75% of industrial water usage is for energy generation …

This weeks’ travel carbon footprint: 54 kg CO2 – much better this week

Mike Pitts