18th Jun 2021
First up in our Client Origin Story series of blog post is Green & Moore, founded by David Moore ethical accountant and business advisor. Over to to you David...
I’m David, the owner of Green & Moore Accountancy and I want to share with you my inspiration for starting my own sustainable accountancy business.
My business has been going for about a year and a half now and I am enjoying the new challenges that running a business brings. There is always more admin and business planning to do, but it’s very fulfilling.
I have met some great people on the way from networking groups and like minded businesses. It has been great to see more vegan and environmental businesses setting up and doing well recently especially during these tough circumstances.
One of the main reasons I wanted to start my own business was because I was unhappy in my job, there were several parts about the job I was not enjoying. One being working 9-5 every week day, as I realised I was just working for a two day break at the weekend leaving me little time to do the things I enjoy and am passionate about. My job was also particularly boring in February and March due to little to no work after a busy tax year. In these months I still had to go in and find pointless and meaningless things to do, they were particularly long days.
My turning point was when I decided to change jobs and work for another company, it was during my time here that I realised whichever company I worked for I wouldn’t be satisfied. I was even offered a promotion and pay rise to stay but I had already decided that I wanted to start my own business. I was lucky enough that my previous employer was happy for me to work for her whilst I built up my business.
Once I decided to create and build up my own business, I wanted to put the things I find important into the business. The main focus being it was environmentally friendly, this included choosing an ethical bank account, environmentally friendly web hosting and buying a refurbished laptop. Setting up my office at home gives me the opportunity to manage my time better and to eat fresh meals at lunch, allowing me to sometimes go into the garden to pick some fresh spinach or pick tomatoes. It also cuts out my commute which saves me a lot of time and reduces my carbon emissions. This works out to be approximately 0.84 tonnes of carbon per year.
I also wanted to be accessible to my clients as this was something I was never able to offer whilst being employed, which is why they can book appointments in the evenings and at weekends and email or call if they are unsure about anything. This also gives me the flexibility to work when I want or need to and spend more time with my family and doing things I enjoy.
There has been a lot of research and planning during my journey, but luckily with being an accountant, which involves working with businesses, I had a good footing of where to start, this is why I share tips on my Instagram and Facebook pages to help guide people setting up their own business.
Green & Moore Accountancy Ltd
Don't forget, if you are one of our Green Hosting clients and would like to share your origin story on our blog and social media channels then do get in touch.
18th Jun 2021
If you are familiar with the way we do things here at Green Hosting you'll know that we love to talk about the wonderful work of our clients. We share clients' social media posts, give shout outs to new and long term clients, highlight their exciting news and, in most recent times, added a new monthly blog feature about the amazing things our clients have been doing during lockdown.
Now we'd like to introduce a new way for everyone to learn more about our clients, through their origin story. Over the years I've found that those who chose to create their own brand or set up an organisation have a story to tell. They may have been inspired by someone they met or saw a need that needed to be fulfilled or they simply decided they wanted to do things their own way. Ethical businesses, charities and positive enterprises often have an additionally interesting tale because their motivation was and is driven by purpose over profit, a desire to make things better for others.
So, Green Hosting clients, tell us your origin story. We would love to hear how your business came to life. It may be a path familiar to many of us or a big surprise but I'm sure that whatever it is it will provoke thought and perhaps even encourage and energise others to begin their own ethical business story. We'll post it here on our blog and via our social media channels.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
25th May 2021
If ever a spring felt like a time for new beginnings then this was the one. With businesses beginning to invite customers back to their premises and loved ones being able to get together a little more, hopefully we can look forward to some more positive times ahead. And whilst we're talking about positivity, here's our latest bumper round up of our clients doing amazing things...
Conservation Through Public Health delivered food rations to Uganda Wildlife Authority at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters in Buhoma and signed the Gorilla Friendly Pledge at the pledge meeting with tour operators
Reed Words developed new brand voice for Goodfind and shared how ethical brands can use language more strategically.
Vegan Babe Life marked Mental Health Awareness week by offering some tips to manage anxiety when coming out of lockdown.
Don't forget that if you are one of our clients and have some exciting news, let us know so we can share your amazing work!
Photographs above belong to clients highlighted in this article.
16th Apr 2021
We talk a lot about the environmental credentials of Green Hosting but we know there are other, arguably more important, things to consider when it comes to choosing a web host.
Being an online business ourselves we completely understand that entrusting your website with anyone is a big deal. You need to know that the service is secure and reliable and crucially that you can access technical support when you need it.
How do we know this? We've been providing web hosting for 16 years and so we've definitely got the experience behind us to know what clients really want the most.
When clients tell us how happy they are with our clear communication and straightforward support, that they were relieved at how smoothly we transferred their website and e-mails or or that they appreciated the quick set up, this shows us what matters to you.
Here are a some of the things our clients said about us:
"Thank YOU for providing such a brilliant service! Honestly, before starting Ethical Revolution all those years ago I used to provide web solutions for businesses and so I have had plenty of experience of web hosts. Even without the amazing green credentials you guys are the best!"
"I'm really impressed with the service I received from Green Hosting. I was nervous about moving my site over in case anything got lost or broken but they guided me through the whole process, answered all my questions in plain English and kept me updated at every stage. They handled the whole switch over for me and it went smoothly. Not only have they made my site more sustainable but it's actually much faster now too!"
You're a dream, thank you, best service I've ever had in my life from a hosting company!
We’d REALLY recommend Green Hosting as they’ve been fantastic throughout this whole process.
"So great to know that my website won't be running on fossil fuels - and to top it off they were incredibly quick and helpful with set-up"
Please note that Wix, Squarespace & Shopify are all closed web platforms and websites built with these systems are not able to be moved elsewhere.
31st Mar 2021
I started this series of posts originally to highlight how our clients were supporting others, adapting, suriviving and generally doing amazing things in the first lockdown of March 2020. Although one year later the lockdown situation is slowly, gradually changing our clients' hard work, kindness and tenacity isn't. So, here is the latest installment of Green Hosting clients doing amazing things...
Wild Intrigue, hosts of unique wildlife events to re-connect everyone with nature, choose Green Hosting to power their website.
Rafa Rafa, organic clothing brand that funds small-scale, volunteer-led environmental projects power their website with Green Hosting.
Mellow Grove, a permaculture smallholding producing food, providing therapeutic programmes in nature, giving bereavement support and green burials chose to power their website with Green Hosting.
Conscious Skincare hosted giveaways of their beautiful, organic skincare products throughout the month.
Caitlin Job, copywriter & French to English translator specialising in ecotourism, ethical marketing and international development chose to power their website with Green Hosting.
Scottish Ecological Design Association hosted a series of conversations with experts about rural land use in Scotland, focussing on issues such as biodiversity, health and wellbeing, carbon capture and employment.
Support for Carers continued their weekly, much needed online support groups for carers in Leicestershire
The Abdication Micropub celebrated International Women's Day by holding an online beer tasting session with all women brewers.