Support for sustainable businesses
Go green with Green Impact
Businesses are urged to sign up to Green Impact - a free scheme coordinated by Winchester City Council and the National Union of Students.
The scheme helps local businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and operational costs, making Winchester a greener, cleaner place to live and work.
Businesses who sign up to Green Impact will receive free support and can choose to work towards a bronze, silver or gold level accreditation, to show their commitment to responsible business and give them competitive advantage.
An online toolkit takes each business through a step-by-step process to prompt simple improvements. Participants will gain access to a host of resources and support to guide them through the process.
If you are interested in signing up to the Green Impact Winchester scheme visit www.greenimpact.org.uk/wcc or email Michelle.Farrell@nus.org.uk
Winchester Car Club
Winchester City Council and Enterprise Car Club has launched the city’s new car club for businesses and residents. This will provide access to modern hybrid and low emission vehicles to all local business and residents and will be available 24/7, 365 days of the year.
Whether you need a car for one hour or for a few days at a time, Enterprise Car Club’s self-service mobile app and website allow members to reserve and drive any of its 1300+ vehicles across 24 UK towns and cities at a moment’s notice or months in advance.
Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) runs a quarterly network in Winchester which is supported by Winchester City Council.
The free events bring together engaged and like-minded businesses in an informal setting to consider a different sustainability issue each time. Past meeting themes have included environmental management systems (EMS), transport, energy, marketing yourself as a sustainable business, sustainable procurement, staff engagement and many more. Morning and afternoon events combine high-quality presentations from experts within the field, a practical workshop element and of course all of the valuable networking opportunities you would expect from such a group. Feedback shows that delegates leave with ideas for action they can put in place at work. Network members also receive a regular e-magazine with news from the sector, information from the SBN and events listings. They also have access to a SBN helpline, a comprehensive website and discounted environmental training.
To view upcoming dates and topics visit www.hampshireiowsustainablebusiness.co.uk/events/
Membership of the network is free. To join the Winchester network please call 01329 242 420.
Change those old energy hungry lights in your workplace
For a limited period, the Carbon Trust is providing an attractive and accessible support package to help small and medium sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland identify energy saving opportunities and install energy efficient equipment in their business.
- A financial contribution towards your energy saving equipment
- Energy opportunity assessment
- Implementation support
- Expert workshops
This support is available for a limited period on a first come, first served basis, aimed at small and medium sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.
To discuss how your business could benefit from the support on offer, or if you have any questions about the Green Business Fund please visit www.carbontrust.com/greenbusiness, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7832 4773 to speak to an advisor.
The Carbon Trust's Green Business Fund is a brand new attractive and accessible support package designed to help small and medium sized companies (SMEs) in England, Scotland and Wales identify energy saving opportunities and install energy efficient equipment in their business.
The Carbon Trust's mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. They are independent experts on carbon reduction and resource efficiency, who reinvest surpluses from group commercial activities into their mission.
Their team of business and environment experts works with companies to reduce their carbon footprint, cut energy costs and gain a strategic competitive advantage. They identify the business case for putting sustainability at the heart of an organisation and demonstrate how this delivers shareholder value.
They have worked with many large and medium sized businesses, from those just starting their low carbon journey to those who are leading the field in terms of product, supply-chain and business model innovation.
Subscribe to the newsletter here or for more information call 020 78324802
Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of the Winchester district. They are local residents, businesses and policy-makers, working together to tread more lightly on the planet. Together, we can create a better future.
WinACC helps people save energy in their homes and businesses, save money and keep warm in winter. They press for better public transport, support sustainable renewable energy, large and small, and they work closely with the local councils to support the emerging low carbon economy.
Get more information here.
Winchester is proud to be a Fairtrade City
Winchester Fairtrade Network, supported by the City Council, successfully campaigned for Fairtrade City status for the historic city in 2008 because we’re all committed to being an eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable town. Being a Fairtrade City is a continuing process of promoting and supporting the Fairtrade initiative, which supports businesses and communities in making considered purchasing choices to stop exploitation.
Many shops and businesses in Winchester already sell Fairtrade goods. Many individuals, schools, faith groups, community organisations and businesses have a strong commitment to Fairtrade. The University of Winchester, which achieved Fairtrade University status in 2007, works very closely with the Network particularly during Fairtrade Fortnight. Why not get involved by making contact?
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