Reflections on environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship


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Ideas and action

To help reduce my ecological footprint over many years I have worked with friends, neighbours and community organisations on food (Sustainable Food in Hounslow, 2007), energy and transport issues.  Brentford High Street Steering Group, which I chair, relaunched the now hugely popular Brentford Market in May 2013.

A personal passion has long been addressing the barriers that competition law presents to positive collaboration by businesses on sustainability issues, as well as the need for more sustainable finance systems.  The Finance Innovation Lab, UKSIF and PositiveMoney are doing great work on sustainable finance - do take a look.

From September '15, as Chief Executive designate of West London Business, my time will be focused on working with colleagues to ensure West London is the best place to do business.  Regional economic development and sustainability issues that WLB works on are:

  • productivity and sustainable business;
  • inward investment;
  • education and skills;
  • transport; and 
  • housing.

Do get in touch if you would like to explore opportunities to collaborate. 

Blog Posts

Rebooting the Lib Dems with a new leadership model, innovation and radicalism

After the grim night of 7 May 2015 Federal Executive and other colleagues must think radically as we look forward.....


We could learn from the Greens and SNP and have a leader (perhaps one of the women MPs that lost their seats?) that is not in the Commons.  This might also help address the chronic lack of diversity  in our team in the Commons; and provide more capacity to reach out through the media.  (This would…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on May 10, 2015 at 17:00

Cabe’s opaque Design Review for Brentford Town Centre is best binned

When Cabe, now part of the Design Council, first published their latest Design Review for Brentford Waterside, Hounslow on 14 February 2013 local residents were hopeful that this once respected body would urge Ballymore and their architects to radically reconsider the density and architectural aesthetic of their scheme.  Instead residents,…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on May 19, 2013 at 17:30

Brentford High Street - Achieving regeneration of beauty and a human scale

As many of you will know, the regeneration of Brentford High Street, has been a cause close to my heart for many years.  As a local councillor I convened the start-up of Brentford High Street Steering Group (BHSSG) in 2006 with cross-party support and I remain chair. In 2007 I spent a year facilitating the community participation that led to the …


Posted by Andrew Dakers on November 9, 2012 at 16:00

Work experience and internships: an extended charter?

As I reflected in a blog post last Thursday the idea that left me least convinced in the Prime Minister's speech to the BITC summit was the assertion that: "Put a young person into college for a month’s learning, unpaid – and it’s hailed as a good thing.  Put a young…


Posted by Andrew Dakers on February 26, 2012 at 15:30

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