Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Business Detox – Open Doors

Well, what with Comet, Jessops, HMV and Blockbusters all in trouble now is the time for businesses large and small to start off the new year on the right foot with a de-toxification programme to get into shape and fighting fit in the market place known as the local High Street.

And here comes Planet Positive with a simple progarmme to help businesses get fitter, faster, to cut costs and get into better shape in 2013.

"January is detox season so we’ve launched a Business Detox programme to help businesses get into better shape in 2013. Similar to a diet and gym programme for your business, rolled into one, the Business Detox programme enables companies to achieve cost savings by cutting energy, carbon emissions, water and waste. Find out more>>>

Business Detox is a sustainability programme to help all businesses save thousands by operating more efficiently. It is easy to follow and is designed to be managed by company employees. With expert advice and support from Planet Positive throughout the year there is no need for expensive consultants."

It was very pleasing to read that the Co-op is saving £50 million per year simply by fitting doors to their fridges. Those open shelf coolers for chilled produce in supermarkets have a nasty habit of causing a severe cold draft around the ankles even when wearing long trousers. I had thought that those big furry sheepskin boots worn by women were a fashion statement but now I suspect they are just on their way to Tescos. And even Tescos have installed porches and automatic doors to their stores, at least the two local here.

So it was with amazement and incredulity that I discovered the company policy of our new high street mobile phone shop Phones 4U. I went in to buy a mobile phone and closed the door behind me, only to be informed by the assistant that it is company policy to leave the double doors open as that is more welcoming. I stood there, in a cold draft while the assistant activated my new phone, watching the equivalent of £50 notes fly out the door in wasted energy, heating up passers by, not to mention the planet. It might work in a shopping mall like the Exchange in Ilford (where the doors to the Mall are closed) but not on an open High Street in winter.

I have e-mailed Phones 4U inviting them to review this policy if only to benefit their bottom line. I’ll let you know what happens when I get a reply.

Meanwhile 10 schools in Redbridge have saved an average of £1,680 per year on their energy bills as part of the council’s REAct programme. One wonders why those Head Teachers and Governors of schools not on that list are not champing at the bit to make similar savings which can be diverted into more productive expenditure focussed on er, education?

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to note that some years ago, when I worked in a pharmacy in Leyton, my old boss insisted on keeping the shop door open winter and summer, His argument was that it was one less obstacle for a customer to overcome when making up his/her mind to come in. Although all the staff, including myself, protested loudly when there was snow on the ground, I really do think there is some truth in the concept and many high street shops still carry out this practice for the same reason. Nowadays of course, most of the bigger stores use a device which projects a curtain of hot air downwards across the doorway. I'm not sure if this keeps the heat in or just warms the street but it's always a comfort when you come in out of the cold.

    In any case what's the harm in spending a few more bob on wasted energy? Someone has to provide the cash to maintain the yachts and service the Lamborghinis of the poor benevolent electricity bosses.