22nd May 2018

Greening Your Business Networking Event

On Thursday 17 May 2018, Paddington Businesses gathered on the roof terrace of 20 Eastbourne Terrace to listen to Miles Watson-Smyth, Managing Director of Windowflowers, a London in Bloom judge and a leader in the horticultural field.

Mr Watson-Smyth offered advice on how ‘greening’ a business can improve profitability, he offered tips on how to ‘green’ simply and with impact and he emphasised the effect plants and flowers have on air quality.

The event, organised by PaddingtonNow BID, was intended to help businesses improve sales, work efficiency and well-being by enhancing the look and feel of the work place outside and in.

Chris Peers, PaddingtonNow BID Manager, highlighted the efforts that the BID has undertaken to improve the overall appearance and feel of the BID area in a short introductory speech.

During consultations BID Members expressed a desire to have ‘more flowers everywhere’. The BID has endeavoured to fulfil this desire, with success. Over the past three years the BID has dedicated time and effort in to making the BID area more attractive and the results have been recognised by London in Bloom, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recognised competition. In 2016, we won a Silver Gilt Award, in 2017 we won a Gold Award and Best in Category. And this year, London in Bloom have nominated Paddington to represent London as a finalist in Britain’s nationwide gardening competition RHS Britain in Bloom, in the BID Town and City Centres category.

Businesses from the Hotel, Pub & Restaurant, IT, Communications and Environmental sectors in Paddington came together for spectacular views across London, insightful and tangible tips and information about the benefits that ‘greening’ can have on a business and the opportunity to network with other likeminded businesses in the BID area.  Thanks to our partners who helped deliver the event, Landsec, for the venue, Windowflowers and Bennet Hayes Ltd.

If you are a local business or resident and would like more information on how you can support Paddington’s efforts in this year’s London and Britain in Bloom competition please contact us at events@paddingtonnow.co.uk/wordpress

For more information on Windowflowers please click here.