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Network Update – December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our Sustainable Business Network members. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to spread the good cheer!


Utilise Plus Programme

Beat the cold and dark this winter with an energy saving project, with help from a Utilise Plus grant of up to £5,000! The Utilise Plus programme offers a variety of energy saving services to eligible organisations, all fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), supported by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC. Find out more.

Event Reports

Last month we held 3 events throughout Sussex, as part of our Utilise Plus programme. Read the reports for our Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place, Business Networking Breakfast in Chichester, and Energy Saving Workshop in Brighton.

East Sussex Grants

Funded by East Sussex County Council, grants of up to £1,000 are available to go towards energy efficiency projects. Find out more and apply.


Rampion Community Fund

Set up by Rampion Offshore Wind Ltd and managed by Sussex Community Foundation, this fund supports environmental projects benefitting the local community. Find out more and apply.

ERDF Calls

ERDF funds of £14.35m for the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership area will be launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government on Friday 8th December. Find out more.


Sourcing Sustainable Pellets

Network Members often ask us where they can find wood pellets or chips for their biomass systems which have been sourced sustainably. If you think you can help with this high demand, please get in touch.

Members Spotlight

Arun Construction Services are one of the largest installers of ground and roof mounted solar systems in the UK. They offer a range of services to both commercial and public sector clients. In the last 3 years, they’ve generated enough energy to power about 22,000 homes! Find out more on their website.

New Team Member

Welcome to our new team member, Svenja Czubayko! Svenja qualified in Permaculture Design in 2016 and is accredited by the British Permaculture Association. She is interested in using sustainable technologies to make cities more resilient.

See You Soon, Shelaine!

Our Managing Director, Shelaine Siepel, goes on maternity leave this month to get ready for her own new team member. Congratulations and good luck – we’ll miss you!


Upcoming Tenders…

Consultancy for a LEP Energy Strategy
Closes 13th December 2017 –  Find out more
Oxfordshire County Council seeks an energy consultant for a Local Enterprise Partnership.

Collective Energy Switching Scheme
Closes 18th December 2017 –  Find out more
Dover District Council invites tenders to deliver an IT-based solution to run collective energy switching schemes.

Renewables Framework
Closes 22nd December 2017 –  Find out more
Northumberland County Council seeks a ranked framework for the design and installation of renewable technologies.

In Short…

Budget 2017: Lacking Support for Green Power Projects – Read more
One of the least green budgets ever, say Greenpeace.

That’s Great! Kellogg’s Plans for 100% Renewable Power Read more
UK branch to source all of its electricity from renewables by 2050.

European Union Drives Low-Emission Car Production – Read more
Measures include a credit system for manufacturers of electric vehicles.

Dates for the Diary…

Third party events…

Next Steps for a Smart and Flexible Electricity Network in the UK
12th December 2017, London. Details and bookings.
Seminar discussing policy priorities and regulatory challenges.

UK Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Workshop
13th December 2017, 10:00 to 13:00, Cardiff. Details and bookings.
This workshop informs IEMA’s consultation on the government’s plans for reporting on energy and carbon.

Sustainability in Action – Masterclass for SMEs
17th January 2017, 09:00 to 13:30, Brighton. Details and bookings.
The second in a series of four masterclasses, covering management systems, engaging stakeholders, drafting communications strategies, and more.

Upcoming UK and EU Legal and Policy Changes
25th January 2018, 12:30 to 13:30, webinar. Details and bookings.
An IEMA event keeping you up-to-date with post-Brexit environmental legislation.

edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2018
24th – 25th January 2018, London. Details and bookings.
A cross-sector event consisting of talks, panel discussions, workshops and networking.

Better Business Show
1st February 2018, Worthing. Details and bookings.
Hear from expert speakers, network with exhibitors, and get free business support.


Network Update- January

Event: Sustainability Tour of Weald & Downland Museum Join us on Friday 11th January for this exciting behind-the-scenes tour, featuring the impressive Gridshell Building which is made from locally-sourced materials. Hurry! Book your place today.     Event: Energy Saving Workshop, Horsham Find out how your organisation can benefit from making energy saving improvements with […]

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, […]


@SustBusNetwork 32 minutes ago  Hey SMEs! We still offer fully-funded energy audits to eligible #businesses! Enquire today!…

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Upcoming Events

  • 31/01/2019Energy Saving Workshop, Horsham
  • 08/02/2019 9:00 amBusiness Networking Breakfast, Worthing
  • 13/02/2019 9:30 amSustainability Tour of Shoreham Port, Southwick
  • 07/03/2019 9:30 amEnergy Saving Workshop, Arundel
  • 20/03/2019 8:00 amBusiness Networking Breakfast, Lewes
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