“Very engaging, extremely relevant and ultimately informative.”
Paul Power, Downs Energy Ltd, Burgess Hill

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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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 […]


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