TIMEWADE: Taking Environmental Action
“Our Planet’s alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!”
In 2015, many countries across the world, together with the United Nations, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. On a Universal scale, the Agenda has put in place a call for action to change the world, as the future of humanity and the planet, lies in all our hands.
As a business, Timewade is constantly evolving its processes to keep abreast of the IT industry, which enables us to provide cutting-edge IT support to our customers. With many leading local businesses in the South West seeing the need to become more aware of the environment and the impact that we are having on a global scale, we realised that part of our evolution as a business is to embrace a more active role in preserving the planet.
It stands to reason, therefore, that when Grow approached us with the Grow Green initiative, that we took the opportunity to align ourselves as a business taking steps to become greener.
Whilst the SDP’s world-changing objectives may seem insurmountable and will require co-operation among governments, international organisations and world leaders, every one of us can do something to become part of the solution and together we will make a difference.
South African born Elon Musk, business magnate, founder of Paypal and major investor and chair of the board at Tesla Motors – the electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturers, has a vision to reduce global warming through sustainable energy production. He says, “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour”.
After brainstorming some achievable steps that we, as a business, could take towards becoming greener, we came up with the following:
- The use of new software has enabled the business to become more paperless and has resulted in the reduction of printers down to one.
- The use of glasses instead of plastic cups at the water cooler.
- Recycling – Making use of a local business who operate a zero to landfill service.
- Turning screens off, when not in use, to save energy.
- Promoting remote working for staff, where possible.
- Creating an open plan office which improves heating efficiencies.
Recently, Timewade MD, Julian Wills – a keen cyclist, decided to cycle to the Exeter Chiefs game, together with his cycling club. Now, some may think that Sandy Park is not that far away, and that whilst it is great that he chose the ‘greener’ mode of transport, it isn’t that noteworthy. Sandy Park was not the destination,
however, it was the starting point, as the club had decided to cycle to Twickenham to watch the Aviva Premiership final between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens. Julian said that initially, they had decided to do a relay and cycle 25 miles each, but as each mile unfurled before them, they just kept going and at 19h30 cycled into Basingstoke after twelve and a half hours on the road. Starting off at 7 am the next day, on Saturday morning, they covered the 40 odd miles into Twickenham, amidst cheering crowds and the Tomahawk Chop. Grateful to have a quick shower at the Harlequins changing rooms before the match, they were soon settled in to watch the game.
Whilst Timewade’s management certainly isn’t expecting staff to cycle to Twickenham, cycling to work is an achievable way to reduce the carbon footprint here in the South West, so would be encouraged.
Our Best Practice:
At Timewade, our customers and our staff are at the heart of everything that we do and by delivering superior customer service to our clients, we strive to set ourselves apart in the South West.
By becoming more aware of our impact on the environment as an IT service provider means that we care about our future and we care about our customer’s futures. So, whilst we lower our carbon footprint to have less impact here in the region environmentally, we strive to have the highest impact as an expert IT service provider.
We achieve this by taking care of our staff, who in turn, take care of our customers. Happy staff equate to happy clients. Our highly trained staff integrate themselves into our customer’s businesses, developing close relationships and in turn, provide a seamless IT service. We work in the background of our customer’s business to keep the ‘front end’ running smoothly. Our customers don’t need to worry about their IT needs, they can begin their days, doing what they do best – running their businesses. By offering a dynamic outsourced solution to our customer’s IT needs, we take responsibility for their infrastructure and by doing so, ensure that we are providing valuable advice and recommendations. We take on the technical side of the business so that customers are free to concentrate on everything else.
We tackle the needs of a wide range of different industries with varying complexities and needs by our customer-centric approach, which preempts any potential IT issues, with the expertise of our experienced technicians and analysts.
If you would like to know more about how we can become part of your IT solution, please call us on 01392 367676, jump online at www.timewade.com or pop in for a visit.