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“Thank you very much for your support throughout this project, the lighting has made a great difference and we will also be saving money  on our bills, so its win, win!”
Linda Baker, Westways Vending, Hailsham

Utilise Plus Event Report: Business Networking Breakfast in Chichester

Delegates made their way to Chichester District Council bright and early for the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC’s Business Networking Breakfast. The event began with networking over pastries and coffee. Delegates from a variety of organisations attended, from all over Sussex.

Louise Downey, of the SBP CIC, gave a short welcome to the event. After a quick round-the-round introduction from each delegate, it was time to hear from our expert speakers!

First up, we heard from Bryan Van Namen of Light Foot LED. After a quick lesson on the science behind LEDs, Bryan spoke about the economic and environmental benefits they provide. Their lower power consumption means they can be up to 90% more efficient than traditional gas-based lights and emit a much lower level of CO2. On top of that, LEDs have longer life spans, require less maintenance, and have a greater output, meaning fewer LEDs can light up bigger areas. All of these advantages translate into substantial cost-savings too.

Next, we had Mischa Hewitt from Earthwise, discussing the value of energy assessments. Mischa explained that these assessments follow 5-steps, which includes a review of an organisation’s premises, designing bespoke energy saving measures, and modelling the financial savings they’d achieve. Energy assessments can have a multitude of benefits, in addition to cost-savings. These include increasing staff and customer comfort, fulfilling legal obligations, as well as providing ‘green credentials’ which can be marketed by organisations.

The event ended with more networking (and more pastries!). One popular talking point was funding opportunities across Sussex, such as the grants on offer through the SBP CIC’s Utilise Plus programme. Amanda Geel, of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, said a few words about the funding and business support they offer, which a number of delegates had previously benefitted from and were keen to vouch for.

At the Sustainable Business Partnership, we love hearing about exciting venues and passionate speakers who like to share their expertise. If you’d like to work with us, please get in touch.

This Business Networking Breakfast was part of our Utilise Plus programme, fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Utilise Plus Event Report: Business Networking Breakfast in Croydon

Delegates made their way to Sussex Innovation Croydon on a sunny October morning for a Business Networking Breakfast. This event was part of the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC’s ongoing Utilise Plus programme, which helps SMEs save energy and reduce their costs with grants, energy audits, and a variety of events. The SBP CIC’s Jack Dale […]
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Utilise Plus Case Study: Spellman High Voltage Electronics

In Spring 2018, Spellman High Voltage Electronics was awarded a Utilise Plus grant of £3,500 for their LED lighting project. The Utilise Plus programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and offers grant funding and business support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The programme helps these organisations to reduce their energy usage, […]
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Upcoming Events

  • 30/10/2018 9:30 amSustainability Tour of Tuppenny Barn, Emsworth
  • 08/11/2018 8:00 amBusiness Networking Breakfast, Crawley
  • 21/11/2018 9:30 amSustainability Tour of Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
  • 29/11/2018 9:30 amEnergy Saving Workshop, Croydon
  • 05/12/2018 9:30 amEnergy Saving Workshop, Chichester
  • 13/12/2018 9:30 amSustainability Tour of Splashpoint Leisure Centre, Worthing
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