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Quadient among Finalists for Reuters Events 13th Annual Responsible Business Awards

Quadient among Finalists for Reuters Events 13th Annual Responsible Business Awards

Paris, September 7, 2022

Quadient (Euronext Paris: QDT), a leader in helping businesses create meaningful customer connections through digital and physical channels, announced today the company has been named a finalist for the Reuters Events 13th Annual Responsible Business Awards, in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion category.

The Responsible Business Awards recognize and celebrate leaders in sustainable businesses that are positively impacting society, business and the environment. The award program serves as a benchmark for companies from across the globe looking to showcase leadership against international peers.

Quadient’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy is built around five pillars: People, Solutions, Ethics & Compliance, Environment and Philanthropy. Highlights of the company’s inclusion and diversity initiatives include the signing and continued participation in inclusion and diversity charters, the deployment of an inclusion and diversity policy in 2021 and continuing to grow the company’s Empowered Communities program for all employees. The Empowered Communities program is open to all employees and provides safe places for open discussions and raising awareness around important inclusion and diversity topics.

We are excited to be shortlisted in the Responsible Business Awards, as Quadient’s employees and management team have been working collectively to create a more diverse and inclusive culture where everyone has equal opportunities for success,” said Brandon Batt, chief transformation officer and acting chief people officer for Quadient. Quadient’s CSR program remains at the heart of the company’s strategy as we continue to grow. Our commitment to improving Quadient’s inclusive culture positively impacts our relationships with all stakeholders, and in turn has helped the company to be recognized as an inclusive workplace by our employees, customers, partners, shareholders and analysts alike.

In recent years, Quadient’s CSR program and ESG practices have received various recognition from external rating agencies, including Vigeo Eiris, Gaïa Research, EcoVadis, CDP, ISS ESG and MSCI. The company was listed this year in the Global 100 Corporate Knights’ index of the world’s most sustainable companies. Quadient continues to focus on delivering profitable growth from its businesses in a sustainable and transparent manner through a comprehensive CSR program and in line with its commitment toward the UN Global Compact.

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Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Meetings and conferences are making a comeback, and Tourism Prince George is ready for it.

Tourism Prince George was a recipient of the BC Business Events and Conference Restart Fund to the tune of $100,000. With part of this funding Tourism Prince George can now assist in bringing multi-day regional, national and international conferences and events to Prince George.

“The meetings, conferences and events sector is a huge economic driver within the tourism industry that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colin Carson, CEO of Tourism Prince George.

Now that safety measures have been gradually lifted, and confidence to have in-person meetings and events have rebounded, Tourism Prince George is excited to support the local hospitality and tourism industries.

“The restart grant allows us to be aggressive in attracting new business that will fill our hotel rooms and drive dollars into Prince George,” Carson said. “We are extremely thankful to the Province of British Columbia for this grant that allows Prince George to be competitive in the industry.”

The bulk of the funds will go towards assisting organizations with rental-fee incentives for meeting spaces such as hotel conference rooms, the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre and the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors). The remainder will be allocated to roll out a winter-meeting campaign to highlight Prince George as a conference destination. Tourism Prince George anticipates this support to have a dual impact: it will help drive accommodation stays (a funding requirement is a minimum of 100 booked rooms, which can be divided into multiple days), while providing financial backing for those wanting to host conferences and events.

For those interested in tapping into this resource, please contact Tourism Prince George.

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Business can no longer ignore extreme heat events. It’s becoming a danger to the bottom line

Business can no longer ignore extreme heat events. It's becoming a danger to the bottom line
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When record-breaking heat waves cause train tracks to bend, airport runways to buckle, and roads to melt, as happened in the United Kingdom last month, it is likely that business performance will suffer.

The problem is not going away, either. Businesses will need to better manage extreme heat risk. But are investors sufficiently informed on the economic toll caused by the increasing frequency of extreme weather?

It is becoming clearer that extreme heat can have devastating and costly effects. People are dying, energy grids are struggling to cope, transport is disrupted, and severe drought is straining agriculture and water reserves.

While the frequency of these events is increasing, more worrisome is that heat intensity is also increasing. Clearly, businesses are not immune to the need to adapt, though their silence might make you think otherwise.

Rising temperatures affect everything

Keeping cool, transporting goods, and scheduling flights as runways melted were just some of the challenges people and businesses have faced during the current European summer.

As it became apparent that our workplaces and infrastructure might not be able to cope with extreme heat, we also saw unions call for workers to stay home. But could workers take the day off? The U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive stated: “There is no maximum temperature for workplaces, but all workers are entitled to an environment where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.”

Are these rules sufficient in this new normal? Some EU countries already have upper limits, but many do not. The Washington Post reported U.S. federal action might be coming due to concerns over extreme heat for workers. Mitigation of these factors will no doubt be costly.

While highlight the toll on workers and businesses, there is little empirical evidence on the financial hit to business. Here is where our research comes into play: how much of an impact does extreme heat have on business profitability?

Heat hitting the bottom line

We focused on the European Union and the U.K. because the region has a diversity of climate and weather extremes. They are a major economic force, with strong policies on decarbonizing their economies, but also rely on coal, gas, and oil for many sectors.

When it’s hot, these countries are forced to burn more fossil fuel to cool overheated populations, contrary to the need and desire to do the opposite.

With detailed records on heat events at a local level, we connected weather data to a large sample of private and public companies in the EU and the U.K. We focused on two critical aspects of a firm’s around a heat spell (at least three consecutive days of excessive heat): the effect on and the impact on sales. We also examined firms’ stock performance.

We found that businesses do suffer financially, and the effects are wide ranging.

For the average business in our sample, these impacts translate into an annualized loss of sales of about 0.63% and a profit margin decrease of approximately 0.16% for a one degree increase in temperature above a critical level of about 25C.

Aggregated for all firms in our sample, U.K. and EU businesses lose almost US$614 million (NZ$975 million) in annual sales for every additional degree of excessive temperature.

Impact bigger than the data shows

We also found the intensity of a heat wave is more important than its duration.

This financial effect might sound small, but remember, this is an average effect across the EU and the U.K. The localized effect is much larger for some firms, especially those in more southern latitudes.

The stock market response to extreme heat is also muted, perhaps for the same reason. We find on average dropped by about 22 basis points in response to a heat spell.

These average annualized effects include businesses’ efforts to recoup lost sales during heat spells. They also include businesses in certain sectors and regions that appear to benefit from critically high heat spell temperatures, such as power companies and firms in northern European countries.

While we show a systematic and robust result, our evidence probably further underestimates the total effects of heat waves. That’s because businesses disclose very little about those effects due to lax disclosure rules and stock exchange regulations relating to extreme weather.

Financial data part of climate change

Without a doubt, better disclosure will help untangle these effects.

Ideally, financial data needs to be segmented by climate risk and dimensions so investors are better able to price the risk. Regulators need to pay attention here. Investors must be able to price material risk from extreme weather.

A good example is New Zealand, which is about to mandate climate risk disclosures with reporting periods starting in 2023. Such mandates recognize that poor disclosure of climate risk is endemic, and we don’t have the luxury of time.

For those businesses negatively affected, disclosing the number and cost of lost hours and the location of the damage would be helpful. However, it is not yet clear if climate disclosure standards effectively capture these risks, as companies have significant discretion about what to disclose.

It is not necessarily all about cost—some sectors might even benefit. While power companies, for example, might report increased sales from increased energy consumption, they are also constrained by the grid and the increased cost of production.

And our evidence suggests there is little overall benefit to the energy sector. This doesn’t rule out some windfall profits, so we need to understand more about both the positive and negative effects on each industry.

Finally, this July saw temperatures in the United Kingdom soar to 20C above normal. Can businesses cope? Next time you feel the , pause to ask if this is also hitting the bottom line of your workplace or investment portfolio.

How well can weather experts predict unprecedented heat waves?

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Interested in starting a business, brushing up on a skill, or just networking with other business professionals? Hillsborough County’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) is the place to be. Centrally located at 2101 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, 33605 (free parking at 2109 E. 11th Ave.), the ECC provides entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship, and specialty training through more than 80 business and community partners.

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Business is Jammin’ Annual Golf Tournament – GlobalNews Events

Business is Jammin’ Annual Golf Tournament - GlobalNews Events

For the first time since 2019, Business is Jammin’ (BIJ) is pleased to invite you to our Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

The tournament will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Check-in will take place from 8-8:30 a.m.

Players of all levels are invited to register as individuals or in teams of four. Your ticket includes a light breakfast, and dinner at the beautiful Granite Springs Golf Club.

Your participation in this exciting event helps keep BIJ programming free for youth ages 8-30.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, including in-kind donations. For more information, please email

See you on the green!

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Hastings County holding business networking events at Eagles Nest Park – My Bancroft Now

Hastings County holding business networking events at Eagles Nest Park - My Bancroft Now

The County’s Economic and Tourism Development team wants to take small business owners on a walk next week.

The County is hosting its latest Hasting’s Hike at the Bancroft Eagles Nest on July 25th and 28th. The group says it’s an opportunity for local business owners to meet like-minded individuals, discover ways to collaborate and generate new business ideas.

Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Christine McLean, the Small Business Coordinator for the County. She can be reached at or at 613-391-0350.

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Events group Hyve to sell Ukrainian business in management buy-out

Events group Hyve to sell Ukrainian business in management buy-out

July 19 (Reuters) – British exhibitions group Hyve (HYVE.L) said on Tuesday it is selling its Ukrainian unit to a group led by Anatoly Sushon, the Ukrainian business’ managing director, as events in the country continue to be on hold following Russia’s invasion.

Hyve said it would receive up to 3 million pounds ($3.59 million) from the sale, which will be paid annually until September 2027 based on the Ukrainian operations’ profitability.

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Stepping Stones celebrates 20 years in business with author events

Stepping Stones celebrates 20 years in business with author events

T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW UBBEN — Author Laura Sohl-Cryer visits Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore in Marshalltown for a signing of her first book, “Remembering the Home Place: Sonnets and Stories From Our Family Farm.”

While Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore celebrated their 20th anniversary this past week at both the Grinnell and Marshalltown stores, author Laura Sohl-Cryer conducted a signing at the Marshalltown location on Friday to promote her debut, Remembering the Home Place: Sonnets and Stories From Our Family Farm.

Sohl-Cryer grew up in northwest Iowa on her family’s Century Farm established by her great grandfather between Boyden and Hull. For the past 24 years, she has lived in Cedar Falls, teaching at Hawkeye Community College and some online classes for DMACC. Sohl-Cryer has been writing intermittently since graduate school and is also a renowned member of the Iowa Poetry Association, from which she has won multiple awards of recognition.

The new book stems from a place of sadness as Sohl-Cryer’s mother passed away last October, leaving her to make the difficult decision to take the semester off from teaching and move back to the family farm to address estate matters and her grieving process. In the midst of handling paperwork regarding the estate, she had spare time to grieve, but given that she is a farm girl at heart, Sohl-Cryer did not want to just sit on her hands.

According to Sohl-Cryer, God started waking her up every morning around 4:45 a.m. when chores were typically started on the farm, reminding her of His presence growing up as a child. Recalling her childhood spent there, she wanted to be on the farm during this difficult time to ride the waves of grief and turn it into something productive and positive.

“Writing this, Remembering the Home Place, has helped me to just know that He has been present throughout my whole life,” Sohl-Cryer said. “It came out of grief and provided me with a lot of hope.”

Grief is not the only theme of the book, as there are humorous accounts of growing up on a farm and multiple stories of levity. The book also serves as a catalyst for people to share their own stories, and Sohl-Cryer encourages them to do so since, as she puts it, many of these small family farm stories are one or two generations from being long-forgotten unless they are shared.

In celebration of 20 years of business in Grinnell and 12 years in Marshalltown, Stepping Stones held a week-long sale giving customers 20% off of one regular price, in stock item of choice in Marshalltown along with daily door prizes and refreshments at both stores.

“It’s just our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers over the years. Especially thank you to all of our past and current team members and all the volunteers over the years,” said Mindy Uitermarkt, the owner of the bookstores. “We just want to say thank you to everyone.”

In addition to Sohl-Cryer, the bookstore also hosted book signings featuring Rosa Clark and Jocelyn Green throughout the week. Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore encourages everybody to check out the sidewalk sales this coming weekend for Ridiculous Day on Saturday, July 23 in Grinnell. For more information on Stepping Stones Christian Bookstores, follow them on Facebook at Stepping Stone Christain Bookstores or call store owner Mindy Uitermarkt at 641-990-1381.


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Returning events provide boost to Shropshire company, says business leader

Shropshire Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan
Shropshire Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan
Shropshire Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan

Shropshire Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan said the events are important in not only providing revenue, but also attract thousands of visitors from outside the area.

The Covid pandemic wreaked havoc on the events industry for two years, but this year events in the county are back in full swing.

Shropshire usually hosts a range of major events each year, including the Shropshire County Show, Shrewsbury Flower Show, music concerts as well festivals.

Just weeks after 80s legends Tears for Fears performed a concert at the QEII Arena in Telford Town Park, pop royalty Madness will be performing an outdoor gig in the Quarry Park in Shrewsbury on Friday, July 15.

Mr Sheehan said: “The events industry feeds heavily into the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry which has been hard hit by Covid. These events help market the area. They are enjoyed by people living locally as well as bring people in from outside.

“In the short-term they raise revenue, but they also raise awareness of the beautiful destinations we have got in the county and make people want to come back and visit.

“The diverse events on offer in such a rural county is fantastic.

“We’re in a situation where we recognise our agricultural roots and that will bring people in from that sector. But with events such as the concerts and flower show, they bring a much diverse audience and attract people from further afield who will stay in hotels and spend money in bars and restaurants.

“All these events should continue to be welcomed and supported.”

Shropshire Festivals organises several major events in the county annually, including Shrewsbury Food Festival, Shropshire Oktoberfest, Shropshire Kids Festivals, Shropshire Tasty Trail and Shropshire Party at the Quarry Park, collectively attracting over 90,000 visitors annually.

It has also been enlisted to organise the Queen’s Baton Relay family festival in the Quarry on Monday afternoon and Oakengates Carnival in September.

Owner and creative director, Beth Heath, said: “Local events are incredibly important, not just for our economy, but for strengthening community cohesion. Since the moment Boris announced the first lockdown, we have realised how much we took live events for granted – being immersed in community spirit, supporting local businesses, and having fun with our loved ones with shared experiences.

“It has been brilliant to bring back all of our major events this year, plus we’ve had a new demand for event consultancy with corporate clients – everyone wants to enjoy in person parties again, which is fantastic.

“Away from the big boys like Glastonbury, smaller events and festivals like ours are facing a huge challenge. All of our costs are going up but our customers are battling a cost-of-living crisis. Event organisers can’t put on events which don’t break even, let alone make a profit, but we’re loathed to pass on cost increases to customers who are feeling the strain too. It’s going to make many events become unviable, which is heart-breaking.

“Our festivals are a huge boost to the local tourism sector, with people travelling from outside the county, and even the country to visit us. Local restaurants and hotels get booked out whilst our events are on.

“We give space at our festivals for other events to market themselves, helping to boost visitor return visits.

“We believe our events have a circular economy, they attract local people, who support the local businesses we showcase, who create jobs and opportunities in our local area, and those businesses make our events better. I can’t stress enough how important it is to support local events in the area.”