Grant Hayward

Founder & Director

About

After 30 years in the corporate world trading commodity products, during which Grant was part of a management buy-out, engaged in acquisitions and subsequently the sale of the business, he took a significant change in direction in 2009 to seek more personal fulfilment and purpose.

Still on that journey, he has never looked back, now in a world surrounded by inspirational people and organisations and has truly found his place supporting and encouraging business as a force for good to make society and the world a far better place.

Grant draws upon his extensive corporate career and voluntary sector experience to inspire and help companies become more have more impact, developing their organisations and people to become more successful.

He has been supporting Richard and the B4 team for a number of years to embrace the shift and “awakening” within the business community to the opportunities and benefits of becoming more purposeful, including the development of the Nexus programme.

Grant has trained with the B Corp movement and is a “B Leader”, having championed the movement even before it launched in the UK. He is also Co-Chair of one of the first “B Local” groups to be established in the UK, here in Oxfordshire.

Grant is part of a team delivering a European funded business support programme managed by OxLEP, specifically for purposeful businesses, social enterprise and enterprising charities. Through that, he provides 1:1 support to SME’s and sole traders as well as delivering workshops and peer to peer support groups.

As an avid supporter of Social Enterprise, Grant jointly led on the successful application for Oxfordshire to be recognised as the first Social County under Social Enterprise UK’s “Places” programme. He supports OSEP CIC, through which local Social Enterprises are in turn supported and he represents Oxfordshire on SE UK’s “Places” programme.

Grant works closely with other key stakeholders across sectors in the county including OxLEP, the universities, local authorities and voluntary sector support organisations to help ensure the strong local economy we enjoy is even more inclusive and one that works for everyone.

He sits on the Oxford Strategic Partnership’s Economic Growth Steering Board and also volunteers to help run the ROBIN Network, bringing people and organisations together across sectors in Oxfordshire to share skills and resources.

Organisation

Content

Re-Energise Your ‘Mojo’

Back in November, B4 member Jackie Jarvis asked other members how they energised their ‘Mojo’. Now, as we hopefully approach, fingers crossed, the permanent end of lockdown, we revisit this article with Tim Wraith of Sobell House giving us an injection of his ways to keep going. Many of us will feel battered and bruised from the personal and professional challenges we have endured over the last 12 to 14 months, so how does Tim keep going? We also revisit what our members said last year in Jackie’s article.

Profit vs. Purpose

In this episode of The Real Meaning of business, Grant Hayward, Sam Kandiyali, Dominic Hare and Mike Jennings discuss a hugely important topic in today’s business landscape: Profit vs Purpose – Are they at odds with each other, or complementary? Can purpose lead to profit and vice versa? Join us for an inspirational and eye-opening discussion.

Profit vs. Purpose

In this episode of The Real Meaning of business, Grant Hayward, Sam Kandiyali, Dominic Hare and Mike Jennings discuss a hugely important topic in today’s business landscape: Profit vs Purpose – Are they at odds with each other, or complementary? Can purpose lead to profit and vice versa? Join us for an inspirational and eye-opening discussion.

The Real Meaning of Business

Business has always evolved, but it is now changing like never before, accelerating over recent years and fuelled even more by the extraordinary events of the past year. So, what are these changes, why are they happening and what now is the real meaning of business?

The Real Meaning of Business

Business has always evolved, but it is now changing like never before, accelerating over recent years and fuelled even more by the extraordinary events of the past year. So, what are these changes, why are they happening and what now is the real meaning of business? Some will say it’s to generate profit or wealth. But that’s just one result and not the main reason for many.

Workplace Wellbeing Day

It’s Workplace Wellbeing Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 People & Strategy Day

It’s People & Strategy Day at B4 so we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so. Some content is pre-COVID but still relevant so get stuck in for great advice from our growing community of experts.

NEXUS Webinar Series with Mark Beard, Richard Venables, Jayne...

Join us for the first in a series of NEXUS webinars where we will hear from Mark Beard, Patron of NEXUS and High Sheriff in Nomination for shrieval year commencing April 2022, former High Sheriff, Richard Venables, Jayne Woodley of OCF and Grant Hayward, who is well known to businesses across both organisations and will remain proactively involved in the future development of NEXUS.

The significance of Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise UK, the national body supporting Social Enterprise, awarded Oxfordshire the accolade of becoming the first Social Enterprise “County” in recognition of the “hot bed” of social enterprise and social entrepreneurs we have locally.