“Many thanks for putting together the Tendering Masterclass, for presenting the information in an interesting and interactive way and for making Nicholas Electrical more confident in the tendering process.”
Jessica Nicholas, Nicholas Electrical, East Grinstead

Network Update – July 2017

Event: Summer Networking Drinks, 27th July

Join the Sustainable Business Network’s summer celebrations at Koru Architects’ award-winning Zero-Carbon Home. Located in Hove, Koru Architects have combined visionary design with an array of sustainability features. The home uses 50% less energy than the national average, emits a staggering 93% less carbon, and even generates an annual income of £2,500 from renewable heat and electricity. Meet with other network members for drinks and canapés and find out more about local sustainability projects.

Join the waiting list for this popular event today!


Brighton & Hove Living Wage

We’re very proud to announce that we are a Brighton & Hove Living Wage employer! We’ve joined over 330 local businesses to ensure all our employees earn a fair wage. Launched in 2012, the Living Wage Campaign in Brighton & Hove is managed by the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce, with support from UNISON and Brighton & Hove City Council.

If you want to join this fantastic campaign, sign-up here.

Events survey

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Calls for SME Support: Enhancing Competitiveness in London and the South East

The UK Government has put out a call for a project to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs in Brighton and Hove, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, Lewes and West Sussex. Up to £5,000,000 of funding is available from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), covering the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership area.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, including application details, click here.


Members Spotlight

This month, the spotlight is on the Sustainable Print Company. Based in Kent, they produce a range of eco-friendly products, from digital printing and posters, to brochures and business cards. By ensuring they only use recycled paper – which has the same print quality as standard paper – they put sustainability at the heart of their business. On top of this, they monitor the carbon footprint of their suppliers, making sure the recycled paper they use has not travelled thousands of miles before it gets to them.

Pictured: James Astell, Founder of the Sustainable Print Company. Visit their website.

If you’d like to be featured in our Members Spotlight, get in touch.



Smart Homeowners, Smarter Homes

New research conducted by the energy company E.ON has found that almost three quarters (73%) of UK homeowners have adopted smarter technologies. Saving money, time and becoming more energy efficient were all key motives behind these changes. By 2020, 44% said they would like solar panels and/or an electricity battery storage system.

However, some myths about solar energy persist. Around 20% of homeowners incorrectly think that solar panels will only generate electricity on sunny days, while around 10% think solar panels don’t work when it’s cold. Solar panels will typically generate and store energy all year round – even in our ‘unique’ British climate!


Volvo Drives Towards Energy Efficiency

The manufacturer has announced that from 2019 onwards all new Volvo cars will be partially or completely battery-powered. The company has made this decision following the rising demand for electric cars from their customers, as well as to comply with carbon targets for cars sold in the EU from 2020. Volvo will be the first major manufacturer to make this bold move.

Electric cars have a number of benefits compared to their old-fashioned, combustion engine predecessors. In addition to being better for the environment, they’re also cheaper to maintain and safer to drive.


In short…

Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050 –  Read more
The low-carbon energy source faces setbacks.

New wind turbines generate a buzz – Read more
Scientists have taken inspiration from insect wings.

Mass extinction crisis under way – Read more
Scientists warn of planet Earth’s ‘sixth mass extinction event’.

Dates for the diary…

Summer Networking Drinks- Hosted by Koru Architects  (free to attend)
27th July, 17:30 to 19:30, Koru Architects, Hove – Details and bookings

Third party events…

South East Regional Social – hosted by IEMA (free to attend)
3rd August,18:30 to 20:00, The Red Lion, London. Details and bookings
This social event is a networking opportunity for those working in environmental policy and sustainability.

2nd International Conference on Pollution Control and Sustainable Environment
5th – 6th October, London (TBA). Details and bookings
This event will be organised around the theme ‘Exploring New Horizons and Sustainable Technologies for Controlling Pollution’ and is comprised of a keynote and speakers sessions. Submit your abstract and book your place today!

Event Report: Energy Saving Workshop in Brighton

The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC welcomed delegates to Brighton on 16th November for an Energy Saving Workshop. These half-day workshops are interactive sessions in which organisations produce bespoke action plans tailored to their particular needs. The group outlined their energy saving objectives. Some were specific, such as dealing with ineffective night storage heating, while others […]

Office Energy Savings

Insulation, boiler upgrades and LED lighting helps two East Sussex businesses reduce energy costs.


@SustBusNetwork 4 hours ago  We held a #CaseStudyVisit at @Wakehurst_Place, featuring a behind-the-scenes tour of their #MillenniumSeedBank. Rea…

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