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Network Update – September 2017

New Events, Book Now!

Our new Utilise Plus programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is kicking off with three exciting events across Sussex: a Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place, a Business Networking Breakfast in Chichester, and an Energy Saving Workshop in Brighton. Find out more and book your place.


Boosting Economy, Reducing Energy

New research published by the UK Energy Research Centre and the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand has outlined that domestic energy efficiency improvements could reduce the UK’s overall annual energy usage by 25%. It’s estimated that this would deliver a net benefit of £7.5 billion to the economy. Including further benefits – such as improving health and stimulating a low-carbon economy – the total economic impact could reach an incredible £47 billion, as well as making energy savings equivalent to the output of six Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations. Read the full report here.


Raising Social Enterprises

Based in Brighton, The Platform offers support and guidance for people interested in social enterprise. Through workshops, socials and showcases, peer-learning, and special events, you can create a bespoke support programme to develop and grow your social enterprise. Find out more on their website.


Funding for Skills Projects

The Coast-to-Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has a European Social Fund (ESF) budget of £25 million. They have a variety of open calls to enhance leadership and management skills, as well as for graduate internships in the area. For more information, including details on how to apply, visit their website.


Save Money by Recycling

The first in our new series of blog posts asks ‘can I save money from recycling?’. Sophia Lacey offers five practical steps for doing so. Read the full post here.


Members Spotlight

Based in West Sussex, the Raw Chocolate Company incorporate a plethora of energy efficiency measures into their day-to-day operations, making their delicious treats taste that little bit sweeter! All their sites use 100% renewable electricity, their staff are encouraged to work from home to decrease travel, and they supply unpackaged, bulk items to stores to minimise the use of plastic and cardboard. Linus Gorpe, the company’s founder, is keen to improve further, by “looking into biodegradable pouches” to replace their packaging. Find out more on their website.


LoCASE Success Story

Badger Inks, an ink cartridge shop in Seaford, has made use of the LoCASE programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Carbon Smart. Using grant funding, the shop had two 3.5kw air-to-air heat pumps installed, saving £600 per year in electricity costs!


In Short…

Green Architecture Cuts Carbon Emissions –  Read more
A London apartment built from cross-laminated timber, brick and wicker – fireproof, sustainable and stylish!

Local Authorities to Receive £3 million for Clean Energy Projects – Read more
Part of the UK government’s plan to meet carbon targets.

Britain’s First Zero-Waste Shop Opens in Devon – Read more
Earth.Food.Love stocks everyday essentials from pasta and oats, to razors and toothbrushes.


Dates for the Diary…

8th Museum Facilities Managers’ Forum  (free to attend)
16th October, Weald & Downland Living Museum – Details and bookings

Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place  (free to attend)
08th November, Ardingly – Details and bookings

Business Networking Breakfast  
10th November, Chichester – Details and bookings

Energy Saving Workshop  (free to attend)
16th November, Brighton – Details and bookings

Third party events…

Decentralised Energy: Driving Investment in Local Energy Systems 
26th September, 12:45 to 14:00, Hilton Brighton Metropole. More details.
Part of the Labour Party conference, held by PRASEG and UK Power Reserve.

Air Quality Business Breakfast
26th September, 08:00 to 10:00, Horsham District Council. Details and bookings.
Hear from expert speakers on how businesses in Sussex can help to reduce air pollution.

Brighton Green Drinks (free to attend)
27th September, 18:00 to 20:00, Hollingdean Coachwerks. More details.
Brighton Green Drinks returns! Hear from speakers and have a chat over a beer (or two) and some delicious vegan food.

The Big Green Event 2017 (free to attend)
12th October,  09:30 to 16:30, Hilton Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Details and bookings.
For organisations looking to reduce their energy and waste use, as well as their general environmental management.

edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2018
24th – 25th January 2018, Business Design Centre, London. Details and bookings.
A cross-sector event consisting of two days 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 […]


@SustBusNetwork 20 hours ago  We’re looking forward to our #Sustainability Tour of Brighton @WasteHouse! It’s filling up quickly- book now!…

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Upcoming Events

  • 20/03/2019 8:00 amBusiness Networking Breakfast, Lewes
  • 10/04/2019 9:30 amSustainability Tour of the Waste House, Brighton
  • 16/04/2019 8:30 am'Reduce Single-Use' Networking Breakfast, Billingshurst
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