“The guidance and support you and the team have given my small company to be accepted by one of the biggest contractors in East Sussex has been pivotal.”
Marie Jones, The Office Your Office, Bodiam

Network Update- April

‘Small Business Rates Relief’ Council Grants available
Local councils are now offering a £10,000 grant ‘Small Business Rates Relief’ to financially support eligible small businesses. How to claim: Contact your local council and ask for ‘Small Business Rates Relief’. Click here for Brighton & Hove, Chichester and Adur & Worthing.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government is in the process of setting up a ‘Job Retention Scheme’ which supports employers who struggle to retain their staff due to loss of income. Employers can claim 80% of wages for furloughed employees. The claim period lasts for 3 months, counting from 1st March. After that, the situation will be reevaluated. Go to page.



Useful Online Tools for remote Working

Now, that every day operations need to be handled remotely, there is a good number of useful programmes that can help make work a little bit easier for teams and meetings. We found a selection of useful online tools with suggestions for team communication, video conferencing tools, project management, design collaboration and more.
Go to website for full list.



Disruption of Carbon Intense Habits due to Coronavirus

Since corona we’ve had to change our habits from one day to the other. Social distancing and isolation means a drastic decrease in transportation worldwide, with travel and commute being one of the biggest emission sources. Already, the human health crisis is less of a crisis for the climate. Can the new low-carbon behaviours persist? Find out more.


How to adapt to Home Working

Many of us find it difficult to be working from home. We often struggle finding the balance between home as a work place because it’s the very space where we normally relax and unwind. But there are some strategies that you can adapt to help you stay well and be productive working from home.
Read more.



Member Spotlight- Good Things Brewing

Good Things Brewing are a closed loop and off grid brewery based just outside of Crowborough. They have their own water supply from a bore hole in front of the brewery and they power their entire operation from a solar array. They use a solar-powered electric van for deliveries and they dry and mill the spent grain into flour for restaurants and bakeries. Find out more.



SBP Blog – How are you dealing with Food Waste in your Business and at Home?

Food Waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Luckily, various organisations are working together to reduce the vast amount of food that sadly ends up in landfills. Locally, there are numerous ways to get involved in saving and redistributing surplus food. Read full post.



In short…

A New Plastic Packaging Tax 
Good news from the government to combat plastic – Read more.

Save energy while self-isolating at home
Tips to reduce your energy consumption while working from home  – Read more


Dates for the diary…

Building Sustainable, Climate-Resilient Supply Chains 
16th April 2020, 14:00-15:00, hosted by edie and UL
How your business can become resilient by taking the lead on decarbonisation through increased transparency and engagement in your value chain. Details and bookings.


Pledge to Net Zero – How to Pledge?  
23th April 2020, 10:00-11:00, hosted by IEMA
This webinar guides business and organisations on how to set science-based targets. Details and registration.


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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