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Network Update – May 2016

Welcome to May’s Network Update. This month: Local & Sustainable Construction Exhibition; Business Growth Grants; Eco-B&B Case Study Visit; Tendering Masterclass; NASA video; Investors in the Environment; It’s not just community energy…

Local & Sustainable Construction Exhibition – 14th June

A Green Growth Platform event offering an unmissable business development and networking opportunity for those working in construction and associated industries.

Green Growth Crawley 082Meet local companies such as Pilbeam Construction, Fordingbridge, Sunninghill Construction and RAP Interiors to find out about their specialisms and supply chains. Plus discover new and innovative products developed by local businesses to help reduce the environmental impact of construction and demolition.

Kindly hosted by Northbrook College at their new Broadwater Road Campus. Free to attend, pre-registration essential. 15:00 to 18:30. Full details and bookings.

Immediately before the exhibition a Tendering Masterclass is being held for businesses interested in competing for public and large private sector contracts.

Call for Evidence: Low Carbon & Environment Sector 

Can you help inform the Coast to Capital LEP’s strategy for supporting the growth of the local low carbon and environmental sector? What do you see as the key opportunities and issues? Which projects, companies and organisations are driving the sector forward? (Such as the Sustainable Business Network?) Where are there skills gaps? Complete their short survey.

A picture tells a thousand words…

135 years of climate change in 30 seconds. NASA video.

Waste Guidance Updated

The government have released new guidance on how businesses and householders should comply with Waste Duty of Care legislation. Did you know you have a legal responsibility to apply the waste hierarchy? To reduce and re-use materials before recycling or disposal?

Updates to the Environment Agency’s position on Low Risk Waste have also been published; activities where no permit is required.

Case Study Visit: Skyhouse Eco B&B, Lewes – 28th June

Skyhouse Eco B&BPre-fabricated and constructed in just 4½ days, Skyhouse Eco B&B is designed to maximise natural light and warmth with south-facing triple-glazed windows, high grade insulation and a heat exchanging ventilation system. A solar PV array provides electricity, a biomass boiler heating and hot water and rainwater harvesting system water to flush toilets and run the washing machine. Join us for a tour!

10:00 to 12:00, Tuesday 28th June. Free to attend as part of the Green Growth Platform events programme. Details and bookings.

Investors in the EnvironmentInvestors in the Environment

Investors in the Environment is a three tier Environmental Management System accreditation scheme. Businesses can work through the Bronze, Silver and Green stages by establishing policies and targets to reduce environmental impact, measuring and reducing resource consumption and monitoring and reporting progress.

Locally the scheme is managed by Crawley based Gates Green Solutions who you may have met at some of our recent events. Fees vary depending on company size.

In short…

Vote for PassivPod! View pitch
Brighton based Koru Architects have entered their zero-carbon holiday home into the Voom 2016 pitching competition – give them your support!

Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants – Full criteria
Grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 to fund up to 40% costs of capital projects, now available.

Piclo peer-to-peer renewable energy marketplace – Website & trial results
Allows energy consumers to choose which generators to purchase electricity from.

30 MW Isle of Wight tidal energy centre granted approval – Article
Range of different technologies to operate in 5 square kilometre site.

Brighton & Hove Business Awards – Open for entry
Who’ll win the Green Business and Business in the Community awards?

It’s not just community energy… M&S Community Energy Fund
Win a share of £350,000 for your community energy project.

Portugal runs on renewables for 4 days straight – Guardian article
Total electricity demand covered by solar, wind and hydro for 107 hours.

Lewes Climate Action Forum

We’ve joined up with 3VA in Eastbourne to help start a new forum for action on climate change in the Lewes District Area. Check out for more details

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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