Support for sustainable businesses

A Slice of the Action: Making the most of the Green Economy in the Winchester District

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

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, is being 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.

Winchester City Council’s support through the Green Impact Winchester scheme complements the assistance offered via the Sustainable Business Network and will link to the Green Business of the Year award at the Winchester Business Excellence Awards.

For further information about Green Impact, and to sign up, visit www.greenimpact.org.uk/wcc or contact Kim Croasdale, Sustainability Project Officer, National Union of Students at kim.croasdale@nus.org.uk or call 07584 630392


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Sustainable Business Network

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) runs a quarterley network in Winchester which is supported by Winchester City Council.

The 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.

Free 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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WinACC

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.

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Carbon Trust

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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