New free scheme enabling greener business launched
A new green scheme for businesses based in the Winchester area was launched at the September Sustainable Business Network meeting.
It has been well-received by local businesses with several already enthusiastic about taking part.
The 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). This will be the first time the national scheme, which involves local students in the assessment process, has been provided by a local authority for use by businesses.
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.
Cllr Rob Humby, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Partnerships and Policy Co-ordination, was pleased to launch the scheme. He said:
I was delighted when Marwell Wildlife, a business located in my area that is very proud of its green credentials, was the first to sign up. The workbook will take each business through a step-by-step process of making easy improvements. Once audited, each participating employer will be celebrated, culminating in the most proactive businesses competing for the coveted ‘Green Business of the Year’ award.
Duncan East, Chair of the Winchester Sustainable Business Network and Sustainability Manager at Marwell Wildlife, added:
Marwell Wildlife was pleased to assist with setting the criteria for the Green Impact scheme for Winchester. The bronze, silver and gold levels mean there should be ideas and actions that all sizes of organization can benefit from. We’ve had a certified environmental management system for many years but from our own initial assessment against the three levels we’ve already identified additional actions we can take to improve further and get more staff involved. There’s always room to improve and new things to try whatever stage you are at.
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. More information about ideas and help to make your business more sustainable can be found at www.winchester.gov.uk/greenbusiness