Why sustainability in business is important

At AMBITIOUS, we’re proud to work with many companies that make an effort to minimise their impact on the planet and have strong business sustainability strategies.

We share this value with our home city. In 2015, Bristol became the first-ever European Green Capital. This title was awarded to us in recognition of what businesses and individuals have been doing to make the city a better and more environmentally friendly place to live.

We wanted to take some time to highlight some Bristolian businesses that have gone above and beyond to make their operations sustainable. Here are some of our favourites.

Sustainability in business examples


CanCan is a free reusable system of smart products that are made to be used, washed, and used again just like you do at home.

Having recently launched their reusable coffee cups across five cafes in Bristol, we’re excited to see how they’ll grow moving forward, whether that be branching out into other containers, taking the cup scheme national, or both!

Their technology allows them to follow the life of every product, including carbon savings. This means that the impact they’re making on the world can be seen in real-time.

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank is a fantastic financial service that encourages the use of financial products for the greater good.

Originally hailing from the Netherlands, Triodos grew and opened its Bristol headquarters in the nineties. This is an ethical bank that works hard to put sustainability over profit.

Triodos only provides finance for businesses that focus solely on culture, people, or the environment, giving power back to those who do things that matter. This includes supporting businesses that cover a range of sectors from renewable energy and organic farming to charities and education.

On top of that, they are transparent about how they spend their money.

Thrive Renewables

The company works to encourage businesses and individuals to invest in renewable energy sources. The business supports the installation of geothermal, wind, and solar power generators.

In 2020 Thrive Renewables was responsible for saving almost 70,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering into the atmosphere.

Its operations in Bristol, including a hefty home wind power deal in collaboration with Bristol energy, means the organisation is really helping the city to live sustainably.

Future Leap

As one of the largest green business networks in the UK, Future Leap organises weekly high-quality sustainability-related events. Attended by up to 3,000 people, these events create a networking opportunity for a business audience. In a way, the pandemic helped the company to open up to more people virtually, from as far as Australia!

Its mission is to help organisations with their sustainability journey and help them to achieve carbon neutrality. To achieve this they also opened a carbon neutral sustainable business hub, which offers a meeting space, eco-cafe, and sustainability consultancy.

The hub brings together like-minded companies who want to collaborate with sustainable experts. This is an amazing and progressive company based in the heart of Bristol.


A key provider of renewable electricity generation, Engie enables its customers and stakeholders to embrace a greener working environment. They do this by producing and supplying low-carbon energy and services.

Engie then aims to supply this affordable energy to businesses of all sizes in the UK.


WECA was set up in 2017 to make decisions and investments to help the residents of Bristol, Bath, and surrounding areas. Their aim is to create a better, greener future for residents.

The company created a Climate Emergency Action Plan and set itself the challenge of becoming net-zero by 2030, influencing others to do the same. WECA achieved this by setting up programmes to inform residents, businesses, and academic institutions in the hope to accelerate innovation for this cause.

This influential organisation is working hard to help our own local community to create a better world and to protect the environment for future generations.

City to Sea

Founded in Bristol in 2015, City to Sea is an environmental organisation that is campaigning to stop plastic pollution. They have worked with a variety of businesses and activists from all over the world to come up with solutions for the plastic issue.

Their motto is that “the problem might be complicated, but we don’t believe the solutions need to be”. This means that they aim to create simple yet effective strategies for the plastic-free movement, while keeping it fun.

Founder Natalie Fee created a  series of workshops in Bristol to get a sense of the scale of the problem locally and from there, went from strength to strength to make the movement mainstream news.

Putting sustainability at the heart of the business

Tell your story and show the world how you deal with sustainability in your business. We can help. Book your strategy call now and find out how to build your brand with an increased presence. Email us at [email protected].