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Utilise Plus Event Report: Business Networking Breakfast in Haywards Heath
The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC welcomed delegates to Mid Sussex District Council on a sunny morning in April for a Business Networking Breakfast. Delegates from a variety of organisations attended the event to hear from experts about trends in sustainability.
SBP CIC’s Jack Dale gave a short introduction and an overview of the Utilise Plus programme, which supports small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with saving energy, reducing their costs and Greenhouse Gas emissions in the process. Incentives for implementing low-carbon technologies – such as Utilise Plus grant funding – proved to be a popular talking point amongst delegates throughout the day.
Thaddeus Dell of SAS Energy was the first expert speaker, discussing solar technologies, battery storage, and its place in the future. Delegates were keen to discuss this in more depth, particularly the commercial viability of solar batteries and the payback periods of these technologies.
Next up was Anya Ledwith of Eshcon who discussed carbon footprinting and energy monitoring. Anya brought this process to life, treating it as a ‘Hollywood Saga’ in which the ‘Reluctant Hero’ embarks upon a quest to the ‘business utopia’ of a healthy environment and increased profits.
Matthew Bird of Mid Sussex District Council finished the talks, giving an overview of plans to support the use of electric vehicles in the local area. He also drew attention to new, emerging strategies for more sustainable EV infrastructure developments.
The session ended with networking over coffee and pastries. David Hall of Electrical Services & Projects commented on the “friendly” SBP CIC team, while Doug Taylor-Johnson of Sunninghill Construction praised the “passionate speakers” and Katie Love of the Brighthelm Centre appreciated the “opportunity to ‘be in the room’ with leading, local sustainable businesses.”
At the Sustainable Business Partnership, we love hearing about exciting venues and knowledgeable speakers who are keen to share their expertise. If you’d like to work with us, please get in touch.
This Business Networking Breakfast was part of our Utilise Plus programme, fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).