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Transitioning to a circular economy

Transitioning to a circular economy

EDRF & HM Government

Join the Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up team and a panel of experts for this online breakfast networking event.

The vision of a circular economy is inspiring businesses and environmentalists to take action, and it is becoming a hot topic in the urgent pursuit of curbing waste and global warming. But what is a circular economy and how effective can if be at cutting carbon emissions?

Transitioning to a circular economy does not only amount to adjustments aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the linear economy. Rather, it represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.

We’ll be joined by Professor Dimo Dimov, a renown academic from the University of Bath, who will provide his insights on how a transition to a circular economy is happening and what the future challenges are. This will be followed by a panel discussion from founders who will give an industry perspective.


8.45 Doors open

9.00 Opening message and welcome from Lucy Paine

9.05 Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Dimo Dimov, School of Management, University of Bath

Unlocking new ways of thinking – how can companies capitalise on the changing world of work?

9.25 Interactive Q&A expert panel discussion:                                            

                        Philippa Roberts, Founder of Binit

                        Emma Burlow, Lighthouse Sustainability

                        Jack Farmer, Lettus Grow                        

09.45 Breakout networking rooms – your chance to mix, mingle and exchange contact details

10.00 Meeting closes

Join us, like minded delegates and a panel of experts for this free to attend business networking event.  Once you have pre-registered you will be sent a zoom invite to join the event.

The West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and provides a package of support to businesses in the West of England in any sector who are looking to make their products or services more sustainable. Find out more

Get to know your speakers and panelists

Dimo Dimov, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Bath


Dimo’s research focuses on enabling, accelerating and funding the entrepreneurial journey. He is co-founder of Kinetic Thinking, a validated framework for personal and organisational development. It helps individuals, teams and entire organisations capitalise on the changing world of work by deploying new ways of thinking, managing and leading.

Philippa Roberts, Co-Founder, Binit

Binit, a dynamic start-up offering better value,hassle-free waste and recycling services.

Philippa is an expert on the Circular Economy, supporting corporate clients with their operational strategy. In recent years she has spoken at the Foro Economia Circular in Uruguay, the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki and many local business events. She is passionate about finding a new way for our economy to function.

A recovering economist, Philippa is also a Chartered Waste Manager and a Fellow of the RSA.

Emma Burlow, Lighthouse Sustainability


Leading UK specialist on circular economy in business. Founder Lighthouse Sustainability; former Director and Head of Circular Economy for Resource Futures (BCorp). Over two decades’ experience supporting businesses in resource efficiency, sustainability and circular business models.


Jack Farmer, LettUs Grow



Chief Scientific Officer at LettUs Grow. Jack is a Plant Biologist specialising in controlled environment agriculture and its use as a means to reduce agricultural pressures upon natural ecosystems. He is a passionate advocate for the use of social enterprise, policy and the circular economy to bring about a more sustainable future.


Lucy Paine – MC


Lucy loves connecting people and starting conversations, with a background of growing business support and mentoring. She’s currently heading up the TechSwindon community, showcasing the amazing tech community in the area.

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