The Wombles Come On Board For SILC

Coming at a time when the UK Government has just announced its ‘Green Plan’, there are now just six days to go before the first ever Sustainability In Licensing Conference (SILC), which is being organised by PG Buzz owner, Max Publishing, in conjunction with environmental expert, Helena Mansell-Stopher. 

Above: SILC will look at the importance of the circular economy among many other aspects of sustainability.
Above: SILC will look at the importance of the circular economy among many other aspects of sustainability.
Above: The Wombles animations will form a series of count-downs to the start of the conference as well as messages during the conference.
Above: The Wombles animations will form a series of count-downs to the start of the conference as well as messages during the conference.

Taking place virtually (Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November) the Conference, has received some high-profile backing, not just in the strong roster of official supporters and speakers, but from original eco-activists, The Wombles!

Having been were brought out of hibernation earlier this year to spread their positive message of local environmentalism, The Wombles appear in a series of special animations to help remind everyone joining the Conference about the importance of sustainability and how we can all make a difference by working together.

SILC is being attended by those from the greeting card industry, retailers and suppliers from many other sectors. The agenda is packed with inspiring and insightful keynote speeches, panel discussions and never-seen-before research findings from a vast array of experts, retailers and visionaries, focused at helping to drive sustainable growth within business.

Above: Just a quad of the top speakers for SILC.
Above: Just a quad of the top speakers for SILC.

As Helena Mansell-Stopher, curator and director of SILC, pointed out: “The environmental progress made by the greeting card industry over the last few years has shown that the sustainable journey is well underway in the sector, from the choice of substrates used through to the reduction in single use plastics. Like all FMCG sectors is about moving forwards, recognising inherent commercial constraints while not costing the planet.”

SILC will deliver a full agenda of inspiring and insightful keynote speeches, panel discussions and never-seen-before research findings from a vast array of experts, retailers and visionaries, focused at helping to drive sustainable growth within their business and the industry as a whole.

Click here for the full agenda and speaker information.

Among the speakers are James George, network development lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation who will explain why the circular economy is integral to sustainable growth within the licensing sector, Martin Drake-Knight, co-founder of Rapanui Clothing and Teemil Tech will share how this British entrepreneurial business forged a sustainable fashion revolution with its ‘give back’ scheme.

Meanwhile, on the retail front, Jessica Palalagi, head of resource management at Marks and Spencer, will reveal details of its ‘Plan A’, while Jade Snart, senior sustainability manager George at Asda will reveal the great strides the grocer has made on the environmental front.

Providing some real punch on the commercial side, Richard Lim, ceo of Retail Economics will be demystifying how to unlock sustainable finance.

Above: From sustainable finance to retail, to product to design. It will all be covered at SILC.
Above: From sustainable finance to retail, to product to design. It will all be covered at SILC.

Using the respected Hubilo digital platform, not only will attendees be able to watch the presentations in real time on November 24-25, but they can also request video meetings with speakers and other attendees in the afternoons on those days, as well as use a chat function to network with other delegates.

The conference programme of talks will also be available for ticket holders to watch ‘on demand’ until Friday 4 December.

The cost of attending SILC 2020 is £95 (+VAT) per delegate. Bookings can be made by clicking here.

A great number of leading companies have already pledged their official support to SILC 2020, underlining their commitment to change within the industry. The Products of Change group is the headline supporter of SILC 2020 while the official supporters include Amscan, BBC Studios, Brandgenuity, Change Plastic for Good, Character World, Discovery, Dreamtex, GB eye, Global Brands Group, Hasbro, MDR Brand Management, Natural History Museum, Smiffys, TDP Textiles, Those Licensing People, University of Oxford, ViacomCBS, Licensing International and Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

For any more details on booking SILC 2020 contact Clare Hollick of Createvents on clare@createvents.co.uk or 01183 340085.

You can also find full details on the official website at www.sustainabilityinlicensing.com.

Above: The greeting card industry is already on its sustainable journey.
Above: The greeting card industry is already on its sustainable journey.

 

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