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Network Update – July 2015

Welcome to July’s Network Update. This month: R&D tax credits; Autumn events programme; Arundel Museum case study; CCL changes; Grant schemes; What’s warming the world?

Energy efficiency and other funding programmes…

A number of grant schemes are currently open to help businesses install energy efficiency measures, encourage sustainable travel amongst employees and visitors, expand premises and create jobs or take on interns. Click here for a list or call 01273 964239 and one of our team will try to point you in the right direction.

Upcoming… business breakfasts and a case study visit

Following July’s popular tour of renewable technologies at Plumpton College, we have arranged a visit to the Roffey Park Institute where a recently installed 400 kW ground-source heat pump has reduced the carbon footprint of the estate by 60%. 15th September – book on-line.

On the 22nd September and 7th October we are then in Haywards Heath and Uckfield respectively for breakfast, with topic speakers on renewable energy and sustainable buildings and case studies from Generation Press and Ringmer College.

The Sustainable Business Network’s programme of business breakfasts and case study visits are run on behalf of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

An introduction to… R&D Tax Credits

Research & Development Tax Credits can be claimed by more than just businesses with laboratories and employees in white coats. Spend on any project that is ‘seeking to make an advance in science or technology through the resolution of scientific or technological uncertainty’ could be eligible for tax relief. It is claimed in a company’s annual corporation tax return, It is claimed in a company’s annual corporation tax return, with the scheme for SMEs allowing on average an £11 to £33 tax reduction on every £100 spent on R&D. Loss making companies can receive a cash payment from HMRC. Find out more.

With thanks to Rift Research & Development.

This September: Free Investment & Tendering Seminars

Two seminars are being held for businesses who are looking to expand. Raising Green Investment, in Chichester on the 24th September, will explore the different options available to organisations to raise finance to develop new environmental products and services or fund large project installations. A Tendering Masterclass, in Brighton on the 30th September, will examine public and large private sector procurement processes and how to effectively find and compete for tender opportunities. Details and on-line bookings.

The Sustainable Business Network’s programme of breakfast events and specialist seminars are run on behalf of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Museum FrontNew Case Study: Arundel Museum

The purpose built Arundel Museum, which opened in 2013, is well insulated, heated by an air-to-water heat-pump and has a passive ventilation system. Keen to ensure they also operate the building efficiently, and stay on top of their utility bills, they recently upgraded lighting to LEDs and renegotiated electricity and waste contracts, reducing running costs by over £1,300 per year. Full story.

In short…

Climate Change Levy exemption on renewable energy scrapped – Details
From the 1st August those buying energy from renewable sources will have to pay CCL.

What’s warming the world? – Interactive graphic
Variance in the sun’s temperature? Volcanoes? Humans?

M&S Community Energy Fund – Website
Win a share of £400,000 for your community energy project. Deadline 29th July.

Fleet Hero Awards – Enter on-line
11 categories recognising best practice in sustainable fleet management. Deadline 24th July.

easitEast Sussex – Free for a year
15% discount on Southern Railway tickets, plus other benefits. Funded by the Department for Transport for 2015/16.

FoodWISE: cutting waste in the hospitality sector – Project details
Including… free support for SMEs in marketing their eco-credentials, from Bloom.

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 […]
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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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