Here you will find a number of different FREE service available that can help you reduce your environmental impact and save money as well as helping you on your road to your environmental accreditation.
Free business support including checking grant availability for Greater Peterborough businesses.
PECT and UK Ceed (UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development) are pleased to offer this service as part of a package supported by Opportunity Peterborough. The business adviser for UK Ceed is available to provide 1:1 support to businesses from discussing and formulating business plans, accessing grants for management and staff training, accessing finance and checking grant availability for individual businesses. It is a completely confidential service.
Better Environmental Performance, Lower Costs - With FREE support to all SME's (small and mediumsized enterprises) in the East of England.
The EASIER programme is designed to reduce your energy costs, and make your firm more efficient and cost-effective. It costs nothing to join, and there are no strings attached or hidden costs or commitments. All we ask is that participants do their best to implement the energy-changing measures which we recommend.
Our recommendations come with a detailed cost analysis, and will pay for themselves within a couple of years of so – after which, the savings are all yours!
Zero-interest loans may also be available
If you join the EASIER programme, we shall
• Measure you carbon footprint
• Study your business, and produce detailed recommendations for reducing your energy costs and carbon footprint
• help you to implement the changes
• measure your carbon footprint again, and calculate what it means to your firm on terms of overheads and in carbon reduction
We work with you to produce a robust environmental policy, essential when selling into public service and government suppliers. We will help you get quotations and choose the best suppliers, obtain loans if necessary, and generally help you to project-manage your cost-saving programme.
Phone 0845 60 20 101 and ask for EASIER; we could save you a small fortune!
Dr Richard Freeman
EASIER Programme Manager
Sustain Lincolnshire - FREE support to all SME's (small and mediumsized enterprises) in Lincolnshire.
Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is currently working with Lincoln County Council to provide fully funded FREE resource efficiency business support to SME’s across Lincolnshire. The support is focused on the key areas of energy use, waste and recycling, transport and water and is tailored specifically to your business to help you save money, improve your environmental performance and gain an advantage on your competition.
The funding for this project allows us to provide your business with at least 2 DAYS free consultancy with a maximum of 24 days of dedicated support, plus 2 DAYS of free EMS related training for the business. There are a number of key benefits to businesses;
• Saving you money
• Reducing your environmental impact and your carbon emissions
• Helping you to comply with environmental legislation
• The FREE support we can give you is worth in the region of £8,500!
• We are funded to help make you savings and reduce your environmental impact
• Gain market recognition and a leg-up on your competition
The support we offer is being provided thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which is managed in the region by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Lincolnshire County Council. This programme is called SUSTAIN Lincolnshire.
If this sounds like it could be of interest and you are an SME (Small to medium sized enterprise) please give me a call on 01733 866436 and we can have a chat in a bit more detail about how we can get started.
Eastex - The national materials Exchange
Eastex Materials Exchange is a free, web-based scheme where businesses can re-home unwanted materials rather than sending them to landfill. Other businesses, community groups and schools can benefit from donations of unwanted materials.
Eastex finds a home for anything from office furniture to construction waste, cardboard to pot pourri.
The scheme is based on the premise that one person's waste is another’s raw material.
Local businesses have saved over £1.5 million in waste disposal and procurement costs and 10,000 tonnes of goods have been diverted from landfill.
Rubbish and waste can account for over 4% of business turnover. It's important to remember that each pound saved on material costs goes straight to the bottom line.
To find out what material you could get for free, or what waste streams you could get re-homed visit www.eastex.org.uk - it's free to register and free to use.
Greeniversity - Free learning and teaching
Greeniversity gives you the opportunity to learn something new and environmentally friendly, for free, and just for fun!
Or if you have a ‘green skill’ Greeniversity gives you the chance to share it with other local people who are keen to learn something new.
In a nutshell, Greeniversity is people in and around Peterborough getting together to learn green skills from other local people who have skills they are willing to share.
There are courses about how to grow your own veg, how to knit, how to customise charity shop clothes, how to ride (and service) your bike, and even how to insulate your loft.
Our Greeniversity learners and teachers are a diverse bunch – there are over 200 of them already!
To find our more or to register and take part for free, please visit www.greeniversity.org.uk.
If you would like to comply with corporate social responsibility (CSR) or would like a teambuilding day out, then this free scheme is great for you.
The Volunteer Exchange has been set up to bring schools and business volunteers together. There are are all sorts of possible projects to take part in, from digging a pond to creating a school garden.
This scheme helps schools achieve their goals by helping them find the manpower to move their initiatives forward.
Your business could help make a real difference in your local community.
Please visit www.greenerschools.co.uk for more information.
Travelchoice - A FREE travel service for businesses
Travelchoice is a team within Peterborough City Council established to encourage the use of walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.
Projects cover five main areas: information, infrastructure, promotion, initiatives and technology.
Travelchoice offer everything from grant schemes for your business to templates and downloads to help you create your business travel plan.
Visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/travelchoice.aspx for more information.
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For more products, services, help and support for all environment catagories, visit our Green Directory.