“Many thanks for arranging the team of volunteers from the chartered surveying company. They completely revamped the garden and created a fantastic new orchard!”
Liz Davis, Brighton Housing Trust

Network Update – June 2012

It’s a bumper edition this month! Included: Seed Bank video case study, energy price drivers, new breakfast date announced, green deal opportunities for industry, opportunity to work with the Sustainable Business Network.

Now booking: Sustainable Business Breakfast – 12th July, Shoreham-by-Sea
We’re in Shoreham-by-Sea for the next of our popular Sustainable Business Breakfasts. Over fresh coffee and bacon butties we’ll be hearing from Brighton Marina and Thomas Eggar LLP about how they have improved the energy and environmental performance of their premises and engaged customers and employees. Plus there will be a chance to introduce yourself and your business to the audience. 12th July, 08:00 to 10:00, Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham-by-Sea. £20 per head or £30 for two (why not bring a colleague or friend?).
Book today. 01444 477501 or

New Video Case Study: Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank
The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place implements Kew’s ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Laboratory Manager Keith Manger explains how this has been a driver for improvement. “ISO requires that we implement a strict utility monitoring programme. This helps us track our consumption, spot anomalies and prioritise areas for action.” Watch the video online.

Climate Change Charter for West Sussex Businesses?
West Sussex County Council is investigating whether a voluntary Climate Change Charter would be popular amongst businesses to help them demonstrate their environmental commitment to customers. Have your say, visit

Opportunity to Work with the Sustainable Business Network
We are looking to hire a consultant for initially a six month period to co-ordinate, promote and expand the Sustainable Business Network. Launched in late 2009, the Network now has over 400 members. Amongst other duties, the consultant will be responsible for organising and leading our popular Sustainable Business Breakfast events and encouraging new members. Full details.

What Drives Energy Prices?
The last few months have been volatile with high oil prices keeping strength within the gas market and other bullish influences include decreased LNG cargoes coming to the UK and fears of conflict in the Middle East. Less volatile power has still been on the up. As temperatures rise(?!) and with lower oil prices we are hoping for a more bearish energy market, with decreasing spot and curve pricing. Thanks to

Green Deal Opportunities for Industry
The Construction Products Association and Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes have released a new guide for manufacturers, distributors, main contractors and installers, wanting to work within the Green Deal, the government’s energy efficiency programme launching late 2012:

And finally…
Wanted! Volunteer marshals for the Olympic Torch relay in East Grinstead and Copthorne:
Free Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies for South East Businesses:

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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 […]

Utilise Plus Event Report: Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place

On a bright morning in November, the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC welcomed a number of Sustainable Business Network members from a wide range of sectors to Wakehurst Place. Funded and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place boasts world-renowned gardens, woodlands, wildlife and the state-of-the-art Millennium Seed Bank. The SBP CIC’s Louise Downey gave a […]


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