Support for sustainable businesses

  • Helping your business to reduce its carbon emissions

    Winchester City Council has declared a Climate Emergency, and pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. There's also an ambitious target for the Winchester District to be carbon neutral by 2030.

    A Carbon Neutral Action Plan is being developed which will detail how these two targets will be achieved. A key part of this Action Plan is to collaborate with businesses, big or small, to find proactive and helpful ways for them to reduce their carbon footprint.

    If you would like to express your interest in Winchester City Council working with you to help your business reduce its carbon emissions, and save money, please contact Winchester City Council on

  • 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

    Membership of the network is free. To join the Winchester network please call 01329 242 420.

  • 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.

    Click here for more details, including a special membership offer. Join today and get your first year’s membership for only £1 (saving £59), by quoting the promotional code ‘CORPEEC’.

  • 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, email us at or call 020 7832 4773 to speak to an advisor.

  • 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.

    Subscribe to the newsletter here or for more information call 020 78324802

  • WinACC

    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


    Fair trade 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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