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3 Nov 2010

Seeking your stories about working with local business

Local Lewes brewery Harveys brewed a special beer called 'Quids-In' to celebrate the launch of the Lewes Pound.

This process of asking for your stories to illustrate the ‘Ingredients of Transition’ that I am writing seems to work really well.  I just finished the one about ‘Ensuring Land Access’ and the stories you sent in make the resultant Ingredient really rich and filled with story (as you will see, it will be posted here very soon).  I am now doing one looking at how Transition initiatives have worked with their local businesses.  Do share your stories, either here, or email me at rob (at)  How have you engaged local businesses in your Transition initiative, what projects or initiatives have you created together, how have you reached out to the local business community?  Thanks for your input….

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Richard Barnett
3 Nov 5:18pm

Hi Rob – we have a really successful ongoing project called the New Forest Food Challenge. It’s designed to support the local food system and make it more resilient. On September 30 we held a Local Food Summit that was attended by 70 people representing 30+ businesses, the DC and the Nat Park Auth plus local MP. It worked well and we now have the bones of a plan to devise a local food strategy.
We are bidding to join the Making Local Food Work Programme and have more than a dozen partners from business, the stat agencies and the community all prepared to work together. There’s loads on our site about what we are doing. It’s very exciting. Summit info at – and there’s a couple of videos we made for it there too with input from business people.
Would love to tell you more!

Bud Smith
4 Nov 8:05am

Having received training in Transition Consulting in Bristol in late September, I gave my first (free) two-hour workshop to a vocational training non-profit called CVE last week. I was a bit worried because they are already working toward a “triple bottom line” approach and have a “green” training service in place, so I thought the talk might be superfluous to them.

However, they and I enjoyed the session very much. They were thrilled to see confirmation of some of their own insights and new information on other fronts. The Transition approach also provided an overarching framework that is an antidote to feeling “bitty” and reactive in taking on climate change, sustainability, peak energy, pollution and other issues.

They’re using information from my presentation with their stakeholders, and they’ve asked me to deliver a somewhat more introductory talk to the entire staff in the near future.

local plug
4 Nov 4:08pm

I work with local businesses with the website i do and find that they are very good to deal with. I would rather support and help local businesses to ensure that they get a better advantage over the big multi-nationals that tend to close these shops down.

Janet Rawlings
5 Dec 10:15pm

Transition Chepstow’s first project was a Plastic Bag Free Chepstow initiative with a cloth shopping bag. It was the brainchild of a local business woman and developed in conjunction with the social enterprise which ran Monmouthshire’s kerbside recycling service – Monmouthshire Community Recycling. The “My Chepstow Bag” was made of fairtrade, organic cotton and featured a design by a local artist.

Local businesses commited to reducing the number of plastic bags they handed out and were issued with My Chepstow Bags to hand out instead. We followed up the bag give-away with a prize draw in the local paper to encourage people to remember to take their bags with them when they went shopping. The Free Press was running a “Shop Local” series and we joined in by offering a fortnightly prize (£10 gift voucher in a local shop) for people photographed shopping local with their My Chepstow Bag.

It certainly got Transition Chepstow’s name known, increased re-usable shopping bag use in Chepstow and helped local traders reduce one of their overheads. Hopefully the introduction of the Carrier Bag Levy in Wales next year will put an end to plastic bag use for good, as it has in Ireland.

The project was supported by grants from Environment Wales and Keep Wales Tidy.