GIVE AS GOOD AS YOU GET: WITH CHANGE PLEASE, RUBIES IN THE RUBBLE & GOOD GYM 16.00 - 16.45

GIVE AS GOOD AS YOU GET

Running your own business is hard enough, but imagine prioritising everyone else but yourself in the process. Come and listen to these selfless entrepreneurs whose mission it is to make a change.  We are so proud to welcome the brains behind three social enterprises, Change Please, Good Gym and Rubies in the Rubble to discuss their businesses since their inception and their plans moving forward.

LAURENCE HIGGENS

Since finishing university, Laurence has spent all of his working life in the voluntary sector; managing small to medium community organisations.

He has also spent time as a Trustee of various organisations supporting their development and organisation.

Laurence has long been interested in the world of social enterprise as a means for solving some of the issues that we all face in society. He like the simple model of employment and homelessness at Change Please and was very keen to help build and develop a new organisation working with some of the most marginalised people.”

JENNY COSTA

Jenny Costa (nee Dawson) is the founder of Rubies in the Rubble, an award-winning, a food brand with a tasty solution to farm produce that would otherwise be discarded - their ingredients have to pass a taste test, not a beauty contest. It doesn’t matter if they’re too big, too ripe or just plain pear-shaped. Rubies turns these superstars into delicious relishes, sauces and compotes, winning two great taste awards this year.

The idea for Rubies in the Rubble came after visiting New Spitalfields food market and noticing edible fruit and vegetables were being thrown away if not sold. Jenny became passionate about encouraging sustainable consumption and preventing good food from going to waste.

After graduating with an MA in Mathematics and Economics in 2008 Jenny worked at Odey Asset Management for 2 years. However, having always had a heart for sustainability and good food, she left in 2011 to launch the food brand ‘Rubies in the Rubble’.

You can find Rubies in Waitrose, Ocado, Fortnum & Mason, COOK, EAT, on Virgin Trains, in delis around the country and still every Saturday at our original stall at Borough Market. 

ALEX KENMORE - Head of Business Development, Good Gym

Alex has been leading on the expansion of GoodGym across the UK since January 2016 and in addition has been running and volunteering with GoodGym since April 2013. He is responsible for liaising with local public sector and private partners to invest in new GoodGyms across the UK that have the best impact possible for their local communities. Prior to GoodGym, Alex spent nearly ten years in local government across a range of performance and strategy roles and has a passion for initiatives that strengthen individual and community resilience.

GOOD GYM

GoodGym is a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good. We stop off on our runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can’t do on their own. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. As long as you’re up for getting sweaty, everyone’s welcome. You can run in a group to help local community organisations, do one-off physical tasks for older people or run regularly to visit an isolated older person