October 3, 2013


Accelerating Diversity

100 years or more is how long it will take for us to reach gender equality, according to research by EY.  That is too long!

Not least because the more diverse a business and its people are, the more successful it is:

  • “Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.
  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.
  • In the United Kingdom, greater gender diversity on the senior-executive team corresponded to the highest performance uplift in our data set: for every 10 percent increase in gender diversity, EBIT rose by 3.5 percent.”

Read more on Why diversity matters By Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince. Vivian Hunt is a director in McKinsey’s London office, where Dennis Layton is a principal; Sara Prince is a principal in the Atlanta office.

Smart Cities

We are what we do, and lots of individual actions and ambitions, whether from a human, technology, or any other perspective can be all the more inspiring and strategic when we join them together.  We work to accelerate diversity on a city-wide basis, by creating mental, physical, and digital space for smarter stuff to happen, starting with people and diversity.
We curate and create opportunities for smarter cities, starting in Bristol, focusing on people, events, networks and communities.  The insides and outsides of people’s heads matter, as much as the insides and outsides of an organisation or community, so we are open to big, wide, change and ambition.  Not just business as usual.
“A developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas; economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and government. Excelling in these key areas can be done so through strong human capital, social capital, and/or ICT infrastructure.”

What is smart city? definition and meaning – BusinessDictionary.com 

Responsible Business

We believe the facts and feelings are right – a responsible business is a diverse business, embracing all types of people and diversity.

We work with you, your organisation, your sector, your city, to accelerate diversity.

Every person, every company, every community, every city is different so we keep an open mind – creative and curious about where you are starting from, and where you want to go.  We bring innovative and practical ideas to your challenge big or small.

We then bring in selected suppliers and experts, creating a bespoke, virtual team that matches your specific needs.

Why VoicebyVolume?

Founded by Helen Farmer in 2013, VoiceByVolume Marketing and Events works with diverse people, projects and events, to explore and create communities to accelerate diversity in Bristol.

Projects include set-up, design and delivery of events and local communities for #BridgingCultures Roundtable; Urbanistas UK; Escape the City; RSA Making Our Futures; Ecopreneurs and the Ecocelerate Programme.


A champion for diversity and responsible business, Helen is also a writer, explorer and producer of creative projects to turn up the volume on voices, loud or silent, to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities to improve.