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Charles Stanley ...

Established in 1792, Charles Stanley is one of the UK’s leading wealth management firms, with a rich heritage of delivering high quality client service. Although we are more than 200 years old, we are focused on investing in our future, embracing technology and innovation, and adapting to changes in society to help our clients prosper. Operating from more than 20 branches across the UK we provide bespoke investment portfolios and tailored financial advice at every stage of your financial journey.



Sustainability in business: from ambition to action

At October’s B4 Sustainability Ecosystem members were unanimous that attaining net zero carbon emissions by 2050 was an important target in our drive to reduce our carbon footprint, address climate change and implement a sustainable business approach. However, while the environmental and social aspirations to ‘be better’ and ‘do good’ were clear, many did not know what the carbon footprint of their business was or felt unsure what the steps should be to convert strategy into direct actions. As session lead Toby Newman from environment consultants, Enistic, explained: “If it can’t be measured, it can’t be improved.”

Blenheim’s CEO opens up on solar

The first B4 Platinum Quarterly held in the stunning Clementines on the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace encapsulated all that is good about a business community coming together to network. One of B4’s most loyal supporters, Blenheim Palace, played host to over 100 business leaders from across Oxfordshire providing fantastic hospitality and enabling brilliant conversations.

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Conference & Events

Unlocking Leadership Insights: B4 Platinum Quarterly Breakfast at Blenheim Palace

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, connection and collaboration are paramount. For the past 17 years, B4 has been at the forefront of creating a collaborative and supportive community for businesses. Established in 2006 with the mission to ‘Build Bridges Between Businesses,’ B4 actively connects individuals who value community and collective growth.

Professional Services


Sales & Marketing

Can Your Business Learn from the Super Bowl? 

Last night’s Super Bowl, won by the Kansas City Chiefs, was one of the most-watched television events of the year in the United States, with over 100 million viewers tuning in to watch the game. Many companies see the Super Bowl as an opportunity to reach a large audience and gain market share with half-time adverts costing an eye-watering $7 million! Here are some common strategies that companies use to leverage the Super Bowl to gain market share:

Let’s talk turkey!

Hot off the press – some topical food for thought with a distinctly seasonal flavour and certainly something for businesses to chew over and digest to ensure that they keep abreast of the latest thinking in branding and have a tried and tested recipe for success that isn’t bland for the new year ahead.

By PHIL STRACHAN – The Think Brand not bland Guy


Local Government

‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire..’ Case Study: Ducky Zebra, the sustainable kidswear brand...

‘Often girls’ clothes are pink, cute and impractical. They promote kindness, but not always confidence. And boys’ clothes are often blue, aggressive and adventure seeking. They promote confidence, but not always kindness. I wanted to bring these two characteristics together and allow all children, no matter what their gender, to celebrate both kindness and confidence.’ – Sally Dear, Founder of Ducky Zebra


The Season of New Beginnings in Your Leadership Journey

Spring is thought of as the season of new beginnings, bringing new life to plants, trees and flowers and although it may not officially begin until 20th March, now is a great time to think about new beginnings in your own professional journey. This change of season is a great time to reflect on the things that you have planned for the year, and how you are going to accomplish them.

Tech, IT & Comms

Web & Social

Overview of Digital Services Tax (DST)

The UK’s Digital Services Tax (DST) came into operation on 1 April 2020. This tax is designed to ensure that the major social media, search engine and online retailers are subject to a 2% tax on revenues generated from the participation of UK users of their services.

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