“The workshop has certainly opened my eyes into the hidden costs with regards to our utilities.”
Glenn Carter, Ingenious Design, Eastbourne

Network Update – January 2017

Welcome to January’s Network Update. This month: Breakfast at Wiston House; Case study: Water-saving devices; Tours of Glyndebourne and Tangmere Solar Farm; Salt-water battery; Marketing workshop; Brighthelm Centre looking for trustee…


Sustainable Business Breakfast at Wiston

9th February, 08:00 to 10:00

On the kind invitation of Amanda Bates, Corporate Services & Compliance Manager, we have a fantastic learning and networking event lined up at this stunning venue. Booking essential.




Case Study: Cash Bases halves water bill in a year!

Newhaven based retail equipment manufacturer Cash Bases have implemented several water-saving devices reducing their water usage by 80 cubic metres per month (the equivalent to 1040 baths!) and saving £280. Full Case Study.



Tour of Glyndebourne
7th March, 09:30 to 11:30, free

View their iconic wind turbine and biomass boiler on a tour of the site, as well as other energy efficiency technologies. Booking essential.
Full details and bookings.



Tangmere Solar Farm 
26th April, 09:30 to 11:30, free

Following a sell-out tour last October, don’t miss this special opportunity to visit the 18,000 solar photovoltaic panel site. Full details and bookings.



Salt-Water Smart Battery Crowdfunding Campaign

Brighton based Circuitree are selling a 8.33% stake in their company to raise £100,000 to fully commercialise Cirrus, a salt-water smart battery system for use with solar PV.

Founder James Dean explains, “Unlike lead-acid and lithium ion batteries, Cirrus is made from non-toxic, readily available materials. The money raised will be used to complete the software and app allowing remote monitoring and control – the final stage of development.” Interested parties can invest via Crowdcube.


Trustee wanted for Brighthelm Centre

Brighthelm is looking for a new trustee with a particular interest in environmental issues.
As well as holding sustainability close to their heart, the ideal candidate will want to play an active part as a trustee at Brighthelm. More information is available here.


In short…

Receive up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland – Apply now
The Woodland Carbon Fund supports the planting of multipurpose woodland

Solar energy to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes! – Guardian article
Plans to build a solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine

Ikea achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK – Edie article
Helped by a 90% recycling rate in 2016 at flat pack furniture giant

Brighton & Hove Cycle Challenge to launch in March – Find out more
Organisations will battle it out to see who can get the most staff bike riding!

Network Update- July

We are back  We scaled back during lockdown and are keenly watching as climate and sustainable business issues re-emerge. Covid-19 has changed the way we think about life, work, community and the way those things work together for better or worse. We are cautiously optimistic that we can use the crisis to make sustainable business […]

Utilise Plus Case Study: Park Cameras

Based in Burgess Hill, Park Cameras sells photography equipment, as well as offering printing services and photography courses. In early 2019, Park Cameras received a Utilise Plus grant from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC to install energy-saving LED lights. This followed a fully-funded Utilise Plus energy audit they received in late 2018. Funded by the […]


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