Support for sustainable businesses

Green Impact

The following organisations and networks can help you make your business more sustainable.


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.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 7 March at Hampshire County Council's Ashburton Hall, 8am-11:30am. The theme is "Creating and working in sustainable workspaces". The agenda, including details of how to book, is available to download at the bottom of this page.

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.

Membership of the network is free. To join the Winchester network please call 01329 242420


The Carbon Trust's new Green Business Fund

The Carbon Trust are holding a free event in Southampton on Tuesday 14 March, from 9.30am to 12pm, to promote their new Green Business Fund aimed at SMEs.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund (GBF) is a brand new energy efficiency support service for SMEs. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution towards the purchase of energy saving equipment. The fund could help you progress with Green Impact and this seminar is an opportunity to find out more details.

The seminar is free and a light lunch will be provided.

For more information please see the attached flyer, or visit the Green Business Fund webpage:


Green Impact

A new free green scheme for businesses based in the Winchester area has been launched.

Green Impact scheme for Winchester, which is free to participating businesses, has been commissioned by Winchester City Council and delivered in partnership with the Department for Sustainability at the National Union of Students (NUS). 

The new sustainability, awareness and engagement scheme will help businesses on their journey towards reducing costs and carbon emissions, improving social inclusion and wellbeing as well as enhancing their reputation and providing competitive advantage.

Click on the Kirton Farm Case Study below to see how a local business is benefiting from Green Impact.

For further information about Green Impact, and to sign up, visit or contact Kim Croasdale, Sustainability Project Officer, National Union of Students at or call 07584 630392


Green Business of the Year Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Winchester Business Excellence Awards. There are 7 categories, and Winchester City Council is sponsoring the Green Business of the Year Award. The winner of each category will then be automatically entered into the Business of the Year Award. For more information and to apply visit The deadline for entries is Friday 24 February.


Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs is a non-profit making business support service based in Hampshire. Over the last decade they have helped hundreds of local businesses achieve success by giving them access to key business contacts and information.

They predominately work with small to medium sized businesses across the public and private sector. They support members to learn, network, connect and grow. SE is a member-led service – their members work across a number of different business sectors, giving them the knowledge to understand your business and support your growth.

They have built a strong community of like-minded business professionals who share knowledge, experience and best practice, for example tips on how to make your business more sustainable, with the sole aim of achieving mutual success.

Join Southern Entrepreneurs for FREE business support.


Green Business of the Year category at the Winchester Business Excellence Awards

Sparsholt College has won the Green Business of the Year 2016 award. The College is an ISO 14001 accredited business that has shown a clear commitment to reducing their environmental impact year on year. They have introduced solar panels and rainwater harvesting as well as encouraging staff and students to reduce their water and energy consumption through their robust environmental policy.

Many congratulations must also go to the other shortlisted finalists, who were the King’s Head, Sustainable Acoustics, and Two Hoots Campsite. Find out more about these case studies below.



Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of 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.


Carbon Trust

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.

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