Friends House (London) Hospitality Ltd this week celebrated 10 years of running a successful ethical, fair and sustainable business.
The deputy mayor of Camden, Richard Cotton, joined clients, press, partners and suppliers as the Quaker-owned organisation celebrated, “Putting faith back into business”.
The Euston venue’s The Light auditorium hosted the evening event for FHH, which is the sole trading company of Quakers in Britain.
Eco warrior and adventurer Andy Pag spoke about his passion for travel using recycled cooking oil as fuel. He entertained the audience with tales of travelling the world in patched up 4×4 vehicles using only bio-fuel.
The talk was on theme, as later in the evening Carbon Smart presented Friends House with a Gold Certification for reducing its carbon footprint by 29% since 2009.
Initiatives leading to this achievement included using 100% renewable energy and a zero waste to landfill policy.
FHH chair Val Brittin told the audience: “Our business success is underpinned by our Quaker values and commitments. We believe being ethical, fair and sustainable is the only way to do good business in an ever changing world.” The ‘talk’ was matched by the ‘walk’ on the night, with finger food, prepared in-house, made from ethically sourced products.
CEO Paul Grey added that the company would gift aid £816K to support the work of Quakers in Britain this year as a result of its business operation.
Friends House (London) Hospitality Ltd is the sole trading company of Quakers in Britain. The Company is not-for-profit and was founded in 2007. All profits are gift aided to Quakers in Britain’s charity. The Company manages the conferencing services and facilities, building facilities and retail services (café, restaurant and bookshop) at Friends House (London) and Swarthmoor Hall (Ulverston, Cumbria).