Heart of the City: Foundations for Responsible Business


Doing business responsibly is the only way to do business, and we’re committed to doing just that.

As a practice, we know how important it is for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to play a part in responsible business. We have been members of Heart of the City since 2020, but this year we have made a conscious effort to step up our involvement by enrolling in their online programme, Foundations for Responsible Business.

With their invaluable support, we’re in the process of developing initiatives focused on enhancing employees’ mental health and wellbeing, increasing diversity and inclusion, supporting our local community and reducing our environmental impact. And we’ll be putting it all into a responsible business strategy that’ll help our business to do well by doing good!

Since January 2023:

  • Following our office relocation, we have responsibly managed surplus IT equipment and office items by collaborating with Heart of the City. Through their connection, we were able to donate 21 DELL monitors to ‘Little Lives Charity,’ aiding disadvantaged schools and children’s organizations.
  • Additionally, we contributed 21 acoustic panels to St. Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets. These panels were allocated to their drumkit room, resolving noise disruptions for neighbouring piano instructors.
  • We’re excited about our upcoming partnership with The Construction Youth Trust, focusing on a mentorship initiative. Simultaneously, we’ve been actively facilitating work experience placements since January. These endeavours align with our commitment to community involvement, industry growth, and staff development.
  • Moving forward, we’re dedicated to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities. This encompasses office carbon footprint reduction, strategic social engagement, and establishing an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) working group.

We’d like to thank Cara Hodgkins for her exceptional work spearheading these initiatives alongside Stephanie Crombie and we can’t wait to share more of our responsible business journey with you. SMEs across the UK can do the same and join Heart of the City: https://theheartofthecity.com/membership/foundation-programme/

Written by Cara Hodgkins and Stephanie Crombie