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Time to Go Green and Boost your Business  

17 December 2021

Leicester’s Business Gateway is giving small businesses the opportunity to play their part in tackling the climate crisis and improve their bottom line with a series of six webinars in the new year. As well as reducing their carbon emissions, the businesses will be helping to attract more trade as customers increasingly looking to buy from sustainable companies. 

The Business Gateway has commissioned Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) to run the webinars which start in January and, like all Business Gateway events, will be free of charge to participating businesses.  The programme of webinars will cover How to find funding and support; Green transport; Energy saving; Reducing waste and Bringing your staff on board.

Andy Whyle of SWM commented “We’re delighted to be working with the Business Gateway again to promote sustainability, particularly as Leicestershire is so clearly committed to tackling climate issues head on.  We’ll be including speakers from local companies who have already introduced green changes, so that other small businesses can see how easy it is.  Our focus throughout will be on supporting small businesses to understand the need to go green, where to find funding to do this and the benefits that they can create.”

Sonia Baigent, Chair of the Business Gateway Board, added “In the near future, there are bound to be new regulations around waste reduction, renewable energy usage and carbon emissions so this programme is designed to help Leicestershire businesses get ahead.  On top of that, the latest research shows that a massive 85% of UK consumers now make more sustainable lifestyle choices. By becoming more sustainable, our businesses can get a share of that.  Going green really will boost your business.” (Deloitte: Sustainable Consumer)

An additional benefit for participating businesses is that they will be supported to draft their own Green Policy document at each webinar, completing it at the final webinar in March 2022.

The full programme of webinars for Going Green to Boost your Business is:  

What Does Net Zero Mean for your Small Business? 11 January

Funding, support and opportunities for your SME 25 January

Greener Transport 8 February

Energy Saving in your Small Business 22 February

Reduce your Waste, increase your Profitability 8 March

Engaging your Customers and Staff 22 March

All webinars start at 1pm and run until 2.30pm

You can book your place here: