Sustainability Cafe: Retro Fit

17:00-18:30pm Flo's - The Place in the Park, Rymers Lane, Oxford, OX4 3JZ

Come and meet up with other purpose driven businesses to share ideas, inspiration and learning around the theme of sustainability.

Aspire will share the emerging findings from their feasibility study into realising an inclusive, community-led approach to retrofitting residential properties in Oxfordshire, as an integral part of achieving a wider, inclusive transition towards a zero carbon way of living in the county.

The aim is to encourage an informal but supportive environment for businesses to:

  • be inspired and learn from others
  • share knowledge and examples of best practise
  • develop your own sustainability strategy and policies
  • encourage collaborations and partnership development
  • stimulate interest and thinking on what is desirable and possible


Themes and topics for the Sustainability Cafe sessions will include:

The food system - how to think about impacts and how to make change

Biodiversity - why it's important now and how to save it through what you do as a business

Retrofitting your business

Waste and circular economy

Green finance, pensions and investments


Refreshments will be provided.

The venue

Flo’s is a Community Benefit Society and Social Enterprise Hub with community-owned café, nursery, refill shop, community midwives clinics and more. Based in Florence Park, it opened in September 2018 and has become a popular place for people to meet, eat, work, play, create, and learn. Located in the middle of a park with a strong environmental ethos it has nature in mind and wellbeing at its heart.

Flo's is run by People Place and Participation Ltd (PPP Ltd) - a charitable community benefit society which set up Flo's - the Place in the Park as a community enterprise hub. Flo's is currently on a journey to reduce 0 carbon through solar power, energy efficiency measures and better waste management.

About eScalate

eScalate, is a three-year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which runs until September 2022 to support Social Enterprises, social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and purposeful businesses in Oxfordshire.

Support includes:

  • one to ones
  • workshops
  • peer support sessions

For more information about the eScalate programme , visit

Please note that this event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered as part of the eScalate programme to help SMEs. By engaging in this programme you are being offered assistance under the De Minimis regulation which allows a company to receive up to but not exceeding €200,000 of public funding (at the applicable exchange rate) of De Minimis aid over a rolling three-tax year fiscal period. This De Minimis declaration does not cover undertakings engaged in: the primary production of agricultural goods and fisheries/aquaculture, road freight, services of general economic interest and export related activities and activities favouring domestic over imported goods. Please note, support cannot be given to undertakings (businesses) in difficulty. In order to receive support from this programme, you will be required to complete an application form and other relevant documentation. If you need to check your current position for state aid please contact us. If you would like any further information on De Minimis aid and Special Drawing Rights (SDR) subsidies, please see the state aid page on the OxLEP Business website:

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