The UK Government has set a target to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. It has also enshrined this in law to emphasise the crucial nature of reducing the world’s harmful CO2 emissions to help address the Climate Crisis. We all have our part to play – at home and at work. This session introduces your small business to the concept of Zero Carbon and the changes you might make to help you start to achieve this.
Who should attend?
Small business owners and managers who are keen to reduce the carbon emissions of their business. In larger businesses, staff with a responsibility for environmental issues will also benefit by attending. *Please note, like all Business Gateway events, this is only open to businesses based in Leicester and Leicestershire.
What will we cover?
- Anna will take a brief look at the national and local policies (the local Industrial Strategy and Energy Strategy) that will affect and offer opportunities to small businesses. She will also share a recent study on what the fast-growing Low Carbon sector looks like in Leicestershire and which local companies can offer certain types of support.
- She will also introduce some of the changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Paul will discuss how tenants at Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Park work together to achieve lower carbon operations.
- Mark will share how his company have reduced the emissions on their products and gained a competitive edge in bidding for contracts with larger businesses. They are now looking to encourage their own supply chain to do the same.
- Leicester Riders is not only a basketball team; it’s a large sporting venue and hospitality business that was very badly affected by Covid. Kevin will explain how they have looked at a range of greener alternatives including solar power, ground source heat pumps, electric vehicles and energy reduction as a way to reduce their bills.
After attending this webinar, you will:
- Begin to understand the issues involved and how they affect you
- Have some practical ideas about how to change and the support available to help you do this
- Be keen to find out more at the other webinars on this theme.
About the Speakers:
The Webinar will be led by Anna Bright, Chief Executive at Sustainability West Midlands. Anna has over 20 years’ experience working in sustainability and has recently been working with businesses and other stakeholders in the LLEP to understand the low carbon sector and future opportunities.
Speaker 1: Paul Watson, Loughborough University, Head of Property Office
Topic: Support available from the University for SMEs working towards Net Zero
Speaker 2: Mark Frankham, Summit Group, Managing Director
Topic: Commercial and supply chain opportunities associated with Net Zero
Speaker 3: Kevin Routledge, Leicester Riders, Chairman
Topic: Implementation of Net Zero measures and the impact of COVID-19
What people have said about SWM
“We recently attended the Leicester and Leicestershire LLEP Focus Group (February 2021) as part of the Low Carbon Sector Study and I was impressed with SWM’s ability to engage with businesses and facilitate workshops to gain maximum business input. We are based in the LLEP area and can confirm that although SWM are based in Birmingham they have an excellent relationship with businesses in the East Midlands too.” Keith Budden, Head of Business Development, Cenex
“Willmott Dixon has become aware of the strengths and capabilities of SWM through joining as members a couple of years ago. This is why we called on them to help us put together and facilitate a workshop to ensure that our staff could commit to delivering the relevant actions within our new Sustainable Development Strategy. SWM’s ability to convene a structured and action-oriented session will be crucial to enabling us to achieve the strategy’s ambitions. SWM also provided their own critical feedback on the draft strategy and their independent eye was hugely valued.” James Willcox, previously Head of Sustainability (Midlands).
This webinar is delivered by the Business Gateway Growth Hub and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Places are limited and priority will be given to trading SMEs based in Leicester and Leicestershire.