Yorkshire business leader inspires students to think green

Yorkshire business leader inspires students to think green

Students at Harrogate Ladies College learned about the devastating impacts of plastic waste and how to become sustainable business leaders of the future, in a presentation which forms part of the school’s ‘Be Inspired’ careers programme.

A 30 minute talk, conducted by Charles Taylor, director of Ilkley based eco-decking business, Composite Prime, took place on 19 May, offered insight into the typical day of the entrepreneur and allowed students to take part in a Q and A discussion to learn more about establishing an innovative ‘green business’.

Charles addressed an audience of students across all year groups during the session, which will also contribute towards the college’s application to receive an ‘Eco Schools Award’.

Charles Taylor, who is a third generation timber merchant and co-founded Composite Prime alongside his business partner, Domenic Harrison in 2015, said: “With around eight million tons of plastic waste polluting the earth’s oceans every year, the race to protect the planet is growing more urgent every single day; playing our part in tackling this challenge is one of the key priorities for Composite Prime.

“We’re a company dedicated to sharing this message and having a positive impact on our environment; I was therefore delighted to be able to share our story with the students at Harrogate Ladies’ College to help them carve their own successful career paths while also considering their impact on the environment.”

In the last six years of operation Composite Prime has saved the equivalent of 151 million plastic milk bottles from landfill, and each square metre of its composite decking products contain the equivalent of more than 3,000 plastic bottle caps or 280 plastic bottles.

Director of Business School at Harrogate Ladies College, Siobhan Scully commented: “Harrogate Ladies’ College is delighted that Mr Taylor joined us to offer an insightful presentation on operating a sustainable business. We are very thankful that our Eco-Prefect, Autumn Joseph, reached out to Mr Taylor, and that he is willing to share his experience. Our pupils are increasingly focused on having a positive impact on the environment and are always keen to learn more about how we can contribute to positive change and support our planet.”

“Our incredibly successful ‘Be Inspired’ careers programme is designed to encourage the next generation of female leaders to be brave and bold in their career choices and we want to equip them with the skills and qualities that employers need. We are so grateful to Charles and other professionals that are willing to help shape our future business leaders.”

The news follows the launch of Composite Prime’s Message in a Bottle Top recycling campaign which encourages key stage one and two pupils to repurpose bottle tops into thought-provoking art murals and sculptures.

For more information about Composite Prime and the Message in a Bottle Top campaign visit the website.

Yorkshire business leader inspires students to think green