For the latest low carbon business events, news, and funding opportunities for Autumn 2021…



Upcoming Master Classes…

Introducing the SME Pathway to Zero Carbon
Online via Collaborate
Wednesday 1st December
8:30 – 9:30

The University of Derby has been helping SMEs become cleaner and greener for years. Our SME pathway to Zero Carbon is a step-by-step online guide to taking your first steps to reducing carbon emissions, better resource efficiency, sustainable supply chains and the circular economy. To register, visit this link.

How can small business make a big impact in the race to Net-Zero?
Talk and online Q&A – Online via Collaborate
Thursday 13th January
4:30 – 5:30

In this Ted Talk presentation, Dr Fred Paterson Associate Professor of Sustainable Business argues that we have a good understanding of our climate and environmental challenges; a clear set of solutions to these existential threats and a good of level of support for business to make the shift to sustainability.

The Q&A that follows will include contributions from several local pro-environmental business trailblazers. To register, visit this link.

NEW! Going Green Market Place

Cromford Mill, Derbyshire
Thursday 20th January 2022
15.30 – 18.30

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting another ‘Going Green Business Marketplace’ at the amazing Cromford Mill heritage centre in the heart of Derbyshire. If you would like a stall at this event, please let us know soon via the email below. The stall allocations are filled very quickly for these events. There are spaces for D2N2 SMEs who supply low carbon and pro-environmental goods or services and organisations that support firms to decarbonise and grow their pro-environmental offer. To keep up to date with the latest information on this event, visit the LCBN webpage dedicated to this event here.

Our LCBN Network Autumn Events Webpage is regularly updated with the latest highly recommended events. This page can be found here.


Building a sustainable SME networking lunch

Wednesday 6th October
12:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Baresca, Nottingham

The business desk is hosting an event for building a sustainable SME! £45 +VAT to register your place at this event. Access funding to reduce your company’s carbon footprint for this forthcoming networking lunch. For more information and the opportunity to register, visit this link.

Sustainability and Procurement in the Aerospace Sector (Face-to-Face event)

Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th October
Starts at 9:00am
Location: Pride Park Stadium, Derby

An event that will cover key topic areas that offer support to Midland SMEs, and how to make your business more innovative and sustainable financially. To register, visit this link.

Aerospace UP Networking Event (Face-to-Face Event)

Monday 18th October
5:00 – 7:00pm

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

An evening of drinks, snacks, and information networking. Representatives from the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and the University of Nottingham speaking about the future of the sector! To register, visit this link.

Seminar Series – How can industrial digitalisation help drive us to Net Zero manufacturing? (Online)

Wednesday 20th October
3:00 – 4:00pm

Guest speaker, Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability will discuss how industrial digitalisation help drive us to Net Zero manufacturing, explaining how some companies are driving towards resource efficiency and how they are using IDTs to drive Carbon Reduction alongside labour and capital productivity. To register, visit this link.

Workshop – Procurement and the Race to Zero Carbon (online)

Thursday 21st October
08:30 – 10:00

Sustainable Supply Chains

Mark Wood from Alliance Procurement will explore what it means to embed sustainability practices into your company, how to evaluate your own supply chains and what actions you can take to source materials that not only add value to your business but are also better for the planet.

The Increasing Importance of Sustainability Credentials for SMEs

There will also be a short presentation by Denise China, Head of Category Management at University of Derby that aims to help smaller firms better understanding how a larger local organisation values sustainable credentials in suppliers.

These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion. To register on this event, visit this link.


Derby Smart Meter Installation

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters being rolled out to homes and small businesses across Great Britain by energy suppliers. Smart meters digitally measure how much energy you’re using as you’re using it and send your meter reading direct to your energy supplier at agreed intervals –putting an end to estimated bills, and giving you more control over your businesses’ energy spend.

Energy suppliers have come together to install as many smart meters in Derby as possible in the coming weeks. Don’t miss out, and find out more here

Heroes of Net Zero Competition

Are you an SME Net Zero hero? The UK Business Climate Hub was to celebrate the small businesses that are taking the most innovative action to go green, reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions to become a net zero business by 2050. This competition ends on Wednesday 6th October, so hurry to get your application in here!


Given the current economic state of the country, we are pleased to highlight some of the brilliant funding opportunities that are available to SMEs. With climate change being at the forefront of the government and business minds, there is a huge drive to get businesses working in a more sustainable way. There is a continuous increase in the need for reducing carbon emissions and the aim that thousands of UK businesses have set out to meet a net zero commitment by 2050. For more information on the funding opportunities, visit the Low Carbon Business Network Funding & Finance page.


The Low Carbon Business Network team have worked hard to get as much information on useful resources schemes that are available to SMEs or that relate to energy saving, climate change, electric vehicles, or similar topics. The Low Carbon Business Network has a fully updated Resources Page.


If your business has future events, business support webinars, or you have been made aware of something interesting that relates to the environment, sustainability, COP26, low carbon schemes, funding opportunities, or anything like these topics, we would love to hear from you. Email us on  – we are happy to promote this information through our social media.


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