Support for sustainable businesses
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 here.
Membership of the network is free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE)
Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) is a business support programme that helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to use resources and adopt eco-innovative and low carbon solutions.
The Low Carbon Kent Team at Kent County Council, the accountable body, secured funding to expand the programme, which meant grants could be offered to SMEs across the south and east until late spring 2023. They are working in partnership with 15 councils, including Winchester City Council.
LoCASE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support businesses in reducing emissions and boost efficiency. The partnership also provides non-financial assistance through the Steps To Environmental Management (STEM), Workshops and Webinars.
The LoCASE programme can offer match funding grants of up to £10,000 to:
- Help cover the cost of resource efficiency for any small or medium sized business
- Enable businesses in the low carbon, renewable energy, or environmental goods and services sector to expand and develop
If your business offers low carbon goods or services, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to be spent on costs such as:
- Purchasing equipment & machinery
- Research & development costs
- Marketing & website development
- Business development consultancy
- Certification and accreditation
- IT hardware & software
Your business could save money on overheads by installing energy efficiency measures. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to be spent on both parts and installation costs for items including:
- LED lighting & controls
- Energy efficient motors, drives,nair compressors & machinery
- Heat exchangers
- Building improvements
- Thermal Storage Systems
To register your interest, visit the LoCASE website.
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 email@example.com 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?
EM3 launches free net zero business support service
Businesses in Hampshire and Surrey are being helped in the Race to Net Zero with the launch of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Hub Net Zero Business Support Service.
Every business which engages with the EM3 Growth Hub will be offered a free 30 minute one-to-one advice session with EM3’s Net Zero Sector Specialist, where they will receive information on sustainability and decarbonisation along with signposting to organisations who can carry out carbon audits. The guidance is available to businesses from any sector and is tailored to individual needs.
This service is part of the EM3’s strategic aim to support a move to a low carbon economy and is one of the recommendations in the LEP’s Revive and Renew Action Plan for the area.
EM3 Growth Hub Senior Programme Manager, Jeannie Satchell said:
“This is a crucial step forward in supporting businesses to play their part in the national race to net zero. We’ve listened to business leaders who said they wanted clear advice about how to become more sustainable and created this service in response.
The EM3 Growth Hub is a source of free, trusted advice for thousands of local businesses and the addition of the Net Zero Business Support Service will widen the support available to every business who comes through our door.”
Already, more than 60% of businesses working with the Growth Hub since August have been referred to the service and from sectors as diverse as food retail and professional services. There are future plans to expand the service to provide advice on diversification of land use.
Industrial decarbonisation is a key part of the multi-faceted approach the UK is taking to reducing carbon emissions and slowing the rate of climate change. Earlier in the year the EM3 Annual Conference and AGM was dedicated to the race to net zero and providing more information to businesses about programmes and support.
For more information on how to sign up, contact the EM3 Growth Hub on 0300 456 3565 or go to www.enterprisem3.org.uk/gonetzero
EMphasis3 CO2 reductions project
EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions (EMphasis3) is an ERDF funded SME support project. It combines the expertise and experience of the University of Portsmouth - lead partner, the University of Winchester and the cleantech cluster, Greentech South.
Grants are available at up to 36% of total eligible costs and are paid once the work is done and paid for. Match funding is key! Loans, investments, personal savings, company reserves and other UK grants can be used. However, please note your time can't be included as match funding.
SMEs can access:
Free energy efficiency audits
Research and Development grant funding: grants are funded at 36% for projects up to £25,000
Download the EMphasis3 project report to learn more here.
To join the EMphasis3 project, please click here
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.
Enterprise Car Club - How it works