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News - June 2017

The Quakers & Business Group Management Committee met on Friday 23 June 2017 at Friends House, London. For Q&B members, the full minutes are available to download from the Q&B website. Here are some highlights.

Q&B 2017 Gathering

The 2017 Q&B Gathering held in Cambridge on 6 May 2017 was well attended with over 50 participants. The subject was the Quaker Business Method and was led by Rachael Muers, Nic Burton, Graham Ralph, George Gawlinski and Roland Carn. It proved popular and led to stimulating discussions. Thanks are due to the Q&B members who volunteered their services to ensure its success. The Gathering made a surplus of £344.37 and a donation of £100 was made to Jesus Lane Meeting to thank them for their hospitality.

Q&B 2017 Annual Conference

The Q&B Annual Conference is now to be held on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at Friends House in London. Eoin McCarthy is leading the arrangements and has gathered a small group of people to organise and supply content for the conference on the theme of, “How to have better meetings and make better decisions”. The day will be designed to introduce Quaker Business Practices to others using a variety of languages and emerging business process models.

Support for PhD student

Andy Fincham is supported by the Q&B group to do research under the theme of Factors which first enabled, and then drove Quaker commercial successes, and the relationship between these factors and Quaker beliefs. This stems out of concerns brought into focus by the financial crisis of 2008/9. A report was received on his successful research to date. More funds are needed to continue his support so suggestions of trusts or individuals who may be approached to supply funding are welcome and should be made to Tim Phillips.


A Quaker Business Glossary is to be published which provides short explanations of Quaker business terms for people not familiar with current usage. Editorial work is being considered so that it can be published on the Q&B website.

An international version of the Q&B ‘Green’ book – Good Business Ethics at Work – was accepted for publication. A new final section on Technology has been added.


Tributes were paid to Tom Poole who died earlier in the month. He was a long-time member and one of the ten founding members of Q&B. Tom’s daughter Jo Poole continues to slowly recover from her car accident, and is still in the Wellington Hospital with access to the excellent care and therapy from which she has benefitted for the last six months.

The total membership of the Q&B Group currently stands at 178. There have been 8 new members since February. A successful informal regional gathering was held in London on a weekday evening in March.

David Olver
6 July 2017