Grant Thornton unveils Eleanor Bowden as one of the 2018 Faces of a Vibrant Economy

November 19, 2018

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There are over 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK and a requirement for tens of thousands of accessible homes to rent. CEO of Abode Impact, Eleanor Bowden is helping spearhead efforts to provide more wheelchair accessible homes for private rent.

Eleanor believes that the project will increase choice in the housing market, as well as vastly improve quality of life for tenants. By appealing to large-scale institutions, high net worth individuals and government bodies, Abode hopes to make its initial purchases in the first half of next year.

As for her number one piece of advice, she says, “Someone once said to me businesses should provide goods that are truly good, and services that truly serve. It is my personal belief that this is the core backbone of business.

The Grant Thornton Faces of a Vibrant Economy campaign highlights leaders who inspire by example and show how better business can be done.

As part of Grant Thornton’s commitment to shaping a vibrant economy in the UK, each year the firm identifies and brings together 100 progressive leaders across private, public and third sectors that demonstrate excellence in two or more of the following areas:

  • Growth – fostering a culture of growth, job creation and leading their organisation into new markets
  • Innovation – solving problems, leaders whose products or services are disrupting the sector and challenging the status quo
  • Purpose – investing in their workforce, connecting financial profit to social purpose and contributing to the wider community

The Faces of a Vibrant Economy are selected from across the UK and represent diverse sectors and industries.  Among them are business leaders, entrepreneurs, local government innovators and third sector trailblazers – recognised for their commitment to developing an economy that enables people, organisations and communities to flourish.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said (pictured with Eleanor above):

At Grant Thornton, we know that doing well by doing good makes business sense and believe that leaders embracing this ethos deserve to be championed. That’s why we launched the Faces campaign – to celebrate individuals who exemplify the Vibrant Economy movement, which aims to shape an environment where people, organisations and communities thrive.

By celebrating these remarkable leaders, we recognise their role in developing a more purposeful and innovative business environment. They show us how business can be done through ‘human’ leadership which nurtures talent.  They provide examples to inspire other business leaders and the next generation to shape a Vibrant Economy. They demonstrate that profits with purpose lead to sustainable business, and show us that it’s not only possible, but also necessary, to do well by doing good.

The 2018 Faces have become part of a wider community that is now 300-strong. The community connects leaders with similar mind-sets and missions, who may otherwise never meet. It gives an opportunity to share ideas and insights, as well as learn from each other.

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