As a pretty new recruit to Grant Thornton – I joined three months ago as a director and head of our newly formed Sustainability team – I’m delighted to have been invited to write a guest blog for Spilling the Beans. We’re a small team but with great plans for growth, and have got off to a flying start with the launch of our Sustainable Businesses report only a few weeks after I joined the firm. Here’s a link to the pdf: Sustainable Businesses review.
The review was based on a detailed survey of over 200 mid-tier businesses with turnover ranging from 250GBP million to 1GBP billion, and so very much representing Grant Thornton’s key client base. It shows how sustainability is now a core strategic issue for this sector of UK business, and gives us a brilliant opportunity to address the needs that are clearly demonstrated by the report. We’ve had a great response from the media, with press continuing to be generated through interest in the report’s findings. We’ve also been working closely with our marketing and business development teams to produce a suite of materials we can use for marketing both internally across service lines and externally with potential clients, which will be ready to go in early January.
I’ve also been delighted with the response to the new Sustainability Advisory business from so many different specialist sectors across Grant Thornton, and not just in the UK but internationally too. A key rationale was always the value Sustainability expertise brings to enhance the Advisory work the firm already does, expanding how we can support our existing clients whilst developing a new database of Sustainability clients for the firm.
With pressure for support in addressing the Sustainability agenda coming very much from the client side, we are building relationships across all Grant Thornton’s lines of service and opening up new market opportunities for the firm. Here at Grant Thornton we have a fantastic breadth of experience in the firm, and a number of classic conversations round the coffee machine have resulted in the discovery of both a passionate interest in sustainability on a personal level coupled with some real expertise I’ve been able to tap into to enhance our capability in the field. The last three months has demonstrated that opportunities for Sustainability can come from almost anywhere across that spectrum – flexibility is key!