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Network Update – October 2017

Energy Saving Workshop – Book Now!

There’s still time to book onto our practical and interactive Energy Saving Workshop on 16th November 2017, part of our new Utilise Plus events programme, fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With expert support, you’ll create a bespoke plan of action to help your organisation save money by reducing your energy use. To book your free place, please visit our website.


Event Report: Museum Facilities Managers Forum

On 16th October we held our eighth (and final!) Museum Facilities Managers Forum at Weald & Downland Living Museum. The event included a tour of their famous Gridshell Building and a discussion on the future of the forum. Read the full report.


Clean Growth Strategy

The government have published the Clean Growth Strategy. Featuring 50 low-carbon plans and policies, it is supported by a £2.5bn investment in low-carbon innovation. Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) have said that more details are needed on specific policies for energy efficiency; but businesses wanting to act now can access support through our Utilise Plus Programme.


£10 Million Grant Funding for Heating Innovation

The government has launched a £10 million grant scheme to develop energy efficient heating and hot water technologies, processes and tools. Any organisation can apply for a grant of between £200,000 to £2 million. Find out more.


£10,000 I.T. Grants

NET Solutions Wales are offering grants of up to £10,000 to voluntary and charity organisations to purchase I.T. equipment, including laptops, Smartboards and projectors. For information on how to apply, visit their website.


Light Up Dartford

Dartford Borough Council invites companies to quote for the replacement and refurbishment of lighting at the Civic Centre Dartford. Click here for more information.


Electric Car Contract

Sevenoaks District Council invites manufacturers, dealers, companies and individuals to provide quotations for an electric vehicle. Click here for more information.


Members Spotlight

This month, our (energy efficient) spotlight is on The Green Light Company. They help organisations maximise savings by switching to a more energy efficient lighting source, such as LEDs. They also specialise in lighting controls and can ensure you’re up-to-date with emergency lighting regulations. They have worked extensively with museums across Sussex and their most recent project was upgrading the lighting in Horsham Library. For more information, including their contact details, visit their website.


In Short…

Britain’s Greenest Summer Read more
Nearly 52% of power was generated by low-carbon sources.

Rooftop Farming Grows in FranceRead more
Part of an urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable.

Scotland Says ‘Frack-Off’ Read more
Scottish government announces ‘effective ban’ on fracking, with support from the public.

Dates for the Diary…

Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place  (fully-funded) 08th November, Ardingly – Details and bookings

Business Networking Breakfast  
(fully-funded) 10th November, Chichester – Details and bookings

Energy Saving Workshop  (fully-funded) 16th November, Brighton – Details and bookings

Third party events…

How To Identify and Integrate Future Megatrends in your Environmental Systems
25th October, 12:30 to 13:30, webinar. Details and bookings.
An IEMA event preparing your organisation for the future.

Media Training Workshop
01st November, 10:00 to 16:00, London. Details and bookings.
Make the media work for you with press releases, social media, and much more.

South East Regional Social
(free to attend) 02nd November, 18:30 to 20:00, London. Details and booking.
An IEMA networking event for those working in the environmental sector.

Grow Your Connections 
22nd November,  08:00 to 10:00, Lewes. Details and bookings.
Widen your network and share best practice at this Sussex Chamber of Commerce event.

Upcoming UK and EU Legal and Policy Changes
25th January 2018, 12:30 to 13:30, webinar. Details and bookings.
An IEMA event keeping you up-to-date with post-Brexit environmental legislation.

edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2018
24th – 25th January 2018, Business Design Centre, London. Details and bookings.
A cross-sector event consisting of talks, panel discussions, workshops and networking.

Utilise Plus Event Report: Sustainability Tour of Shoreham Port, Southwick

On a clear morning in February, the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC welcomed delegates to Shoreham Port in Southwick for a Sustainability Tour. This event was held as part of the SBP CIC’s ongoing Utilise Plus programme which helps small and medium sized enterprises to save energy, reducing their costs and environmental impact in the process. […]

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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