Lib Dem Three Rivers launches new green business grants
Lib Dem-run Three Rivers have launched two new schemes which will support businesses to become greener and more sustainable.
In two complimentary schemes business owners can apply for grants and practical guidance, which will help them become more environmentally friendly and be able to manage the challenges that they face.
The new Green Business Grants scheme is being run in partnership with, the business specialist Smarter Society - which has also worked with the London Borough of Hounslow and Kent County Council. The grants will help businesses develop more sustainable working practices, reduce waste and material usage and reduce carbon emissions and energy use.
And the Three Rivers Sustainable Business programme is being offered in partnership with sustainability experts Sustainable X. The programme provides practical guidance and business-focused information to help businesses lower their carbon use and build sustainable practices into their daily activities through face-to-face or virtual workshops and one-to-one support. This structured programme starts by measuring the carbon footprint and current practices of each business. Participants will then have access to a range of resources, plus one-to-one support from programme leaders Sustainable X. Every participant will identify actions to take and create achievable, long-term plans that are unique for their business.
Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: "These new schemes offer funding and mentoring to help local businesses operate more sustainably. Whether it helps someone learn new skills, a business purchase new waste management equipment to improve recycling or install a ground source heat pump - these grants, advice and support can and will make a real difference. If you think this could help your business, apply today."
Rondi Allan, Director at Sustainable X, said: "As well as helping tackle climate change, sustainable businesses have a competitive edge. Through this Three Rivers District Council initiative, local businesses are going to learn how to reduce costs through energy and waste savings and even drive productivity by increasing efficiency."
Geoff Baxter of Smarter Society said: "Under this new scheme local businesses in Three Rivers will be able to gain funding to make important changes to the way they work. It will mean they can really get ahead with making their activities more sustainable, such as by reducing waste, their energy use and their carbon footprint."
Find out more about the Green Grant here.
Find out more about the Three Rivers Sustainable Business Programme workshop here.