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Network Update – February 2018


Utilise Plus Grants – Apply Today!

Save money and energy this winter with a grant of between £1,000 and £5,000 to fund an energy-saving project in your organisation. Applications for our current funding round close soon so register your interest today!



Utilise Plus Success Story

In December 2017, a social club received a grant of £5,000 to install a more efficient heating system. This will save them over £6,000 every year. Your organisation could be next!


Members Spotlight

Based in West Sussex, Pro Earth uses an innovative, completely natural and sustainable product to reduce pollution and preserve the environment worldwide. ‘SaveSorb’ absorbs hazardous waste on both land and water and removes heavy metals from water too. Find out more on their website.

East Sussex Grants

Funded by East Sussex County Council, grants of up to £1,000 are available to organisations in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) to fund an energy-saving project. Find out more.



Join Us On Social Media!

Expand your online social network and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join our Sustainable  Business Network group on LinkedIn.


Upcoming Tenders…

Framework Agreement for Fully-Funded PV Solutions
Closes 12th February 2018 –  Find out more
Optivo is seeking a partner to deliver a fully-funded roof-top photovoltaic solution across the UK public sector property portfolio.

Green Infrastructure, Energy and Water in the Community
Closes 19th February 2018 –  Find out more
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is looking for an organisation to work with the community to identify potential environmental projects, in line with the Draft London Environment Strategy.

In Short…

ASDA Joins Plastic Pledge – Read more
Supermarket chain plans to scrap 5p carrier bags and reduce the plastic in their own-brand packaging.

Auto Manufacturers Race to Electric Vehicles – Read more
$90 billion in investments has been pledged to develop EVs and associated battery tech.

Japanese Town Aims for Zero-Waste Read more
Kamikatsu sort their waste rigorously with just 20% going to landfill.

Dates for the Diary…

Third party events…

Let’s Create Sustainable Cities
8th February 2018, 17:00 to 19:00, London. Details and bookings.
Hear from expert speakers on the key issues faced by sustainable cities, at this IEMA event.

Business Networking Lunch
15th February 2018, 12:00 to 14:30, Brighton. Details and bookings.
This lunch is organised by Sussex Chamber to support local networking.

Grow Your Connections
27th February 2018, 08:00 to 10:00, Horsham. Details and bookings.
Sussex Chamber is organising this event in Horsham to help create beneficial connections between local businesses.

South East Social
1st March 2018, 18:30 to 20:00, London. Details and bookings.
A regular IEMA networking event for those working in the South East region.


Utilise Plus Event Report: ‘Future of Solar’ Networking Breakfast, Lewes

Delegates made their way to Lewes on a sunny morning in March for the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC’s networking breakfast, on the theme of the future of solar. This event was part of the SBP CIC’s ongoing Utilise Plus programme which helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their energy use, saving them money […]

Utilise Plus Case Study: Whitgift Sports Club

Whitgift Sports Club, based in South Croydon, received a £5,000 Utilise Plus grant in December 2018 for their heating and hot water project. The Utilise Plus programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their costs and environmental impact by saving energy. Whitgift offers […]


@SustBusNetwork 1 hour ago  This week we were in #Lewes for our 'Future of Solar' Networking Breakfast, featuring guest speakers from @OVESCO a…

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Upcoming Events

  • 10/04/2019 9:30 amSustainability Tour of the Waste House, Brighton
  • 16/04/2019 8:30 am'Reduce Single-Use' Networking Breakfast, Billingshurst
  • 21/05/2019 9:30 amSustainability Tour of King's Academy, Ringmer
  • 29/05/2019 8:00 am'Know Your Energy' Networking Breakfast, Burgess Hill
  • 05/06/2019 8:00 am'Community Energy' Networking Breakfast, East Grinstead
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