Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick

I was shocked and saddened to hear, last night, of the death of Anita Roddick. She was such a fantastic inspiration, and pretty much single-handedly redefined the area of business ethics here in the UK.

I’m of course deeply in awe of anyone who could start up such an influential business based on such great visionary principles. Maybe now people will start to give her the full credit she was always due.

Locally she’ll be missed too, not just because over the last 12 months – having sold the Body Shop – she was starting to involve herself in the local community again as a fundraiser and an advisor to local groups, but because she was so well loved around these parts. This was where it all started. She founded the Body Shop here in Brighton – many here remember the original shop.

People like her are needed more than ever.