Renée Elliot, Planet Organic

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American-born Renée Elliott is an organic pioneer and passionate entrepreneur. In 1995, she founded Planet Organic, the UK’s first organic supermarket. With her mission to promote health in the community, Renée set out to change food culture. She challenged conventional retailing and proved that values-led, commercially-driven business is good business.

For charitable work, Renée served as a Trustee of the Soil Association from 1999-2014, fighting genetically modified organisms and raising awareness about organic food. She is now on the Soil Association’s Catering Mark Standards Committee, promoting healthier menus in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and caterers.

A health and well-being expert, Renée has written three recipe books, ‘Top 100 Healthy Recipes for Babies & Toddlers,’ ‘Me, You & the Kids, Too’ and, recently, ‘What to Eat and How to Eat it’. She works part-time at Planet Organic, frequently lectures to budding entrepreneurs and is a full-on mother to her three children.

In May, Renée launched her second company, Beluga Bean, an in-person and on-line business and life skills academy for women. Courses include Launch, taking women from business concept to launch and Nourish, baking and cooking for health. In everything that she does, Renée challenges convention to improve life.

Tara Sundramoorthi