The end of 2020 is upon us. A year we will all be glad to see the back of. This newsletter includes the usual mix of information about events, news, and resources for pro-environmental business.

Events that took place in 2020

The Low Carbon Business Network held several virtual events during 2020 to keep network members engaged, updated, and inspired.

Pro-Environmental Enterprise Support: Towards Implementation – June

LCBN Summer Networking – Coping with Covid and navigating the new reality – June

Building a Springboard for Low Carbon House Developers – Online Webinars – June

DE-Carbonising and growing your business sustainably – July

LCBN Autumn Networking: What’s Working – Stories of Sustainable Success – September

Low Carbon Homes: Retrofit conference – October

Innovation Funding & Tax Credits for pro-environmental SMEs – November

What do you want from us in 2021?

We would love to hear your feedback about our events and communications this year and if there is anything you would like from us in 2021. Contact us at lowcarbonbusiness@derby.ac.uk.

Future Events!

LCBN Networking Event 14th Jan 4.00 – 5.30pm

Our Winter Networking will be online again on 14th January 4-5.30pm. We are pleased to announce that Will Morlidge, Head of Strategy for the D2N2 LEP will join us to discuss the D2N2 Recovery and Growth Strategy and its implications for SMEs. You can access the Strategy by following this link.

We also have Michael Gallagher from the Midlands Energy Hub, who will provide a summary of insight from their developing Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Service Sector Report and an overview of the Hub’s current projects and their relevance to SMEs. 

Follow this link to book your place.

If you would like to present a short session or make a request for input, please feel free to make suggestions by emailing lowcarbonbusiness@derby.ac.uk.

DE-Carbonise workshop – From waste streams to value streams 18th Feb 8.30 – 10.30am

We are pleased to be collaborating with Ward recycling to explore how SMEs can embrace the circular economy and turn waste resources into both environmental and economic value streams. For more information on DE-Carbonise, go to www.derby.ac.uk/decarbonise.

For more information on the event, go to https://www.derby.ac.uk/events/latest-events/from-waste-streams-to-value-streams-/.

Accounting and Finance Clinic (Monthly clinic, various dates)

The University of Derby is offering a free monthly clinic on accounting and finance for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The clinic is student-led and advice is tailored to the specific requirements of your organisation.

For more information, please visit this link.                                            

Developing Research Collaborations between small business and academia

On Tuesday 26th January, an interactive and practical programme is going ahead, which is part of the Regional Liaison Network’s series of events and will be co-hosted by the Small Business Charter and the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby. This programme will explore how business schools can develop research collaborations with small businesses.

The registration fee for this programme is £30.

For more information and the opportunity to register, please see this link.

News

Researchers from our Built Environment team are inviting local businesses to work on a project to boosts energy efficiency in homes. Read more…

Green Entrepreneurs are optimistic about opportunities for clean growth

New research from The Entrepreneurs Network, in partnership with The Enterprise Trust, finds the majority of entrepreneurs believe the shift to a greener economy represents an opportunity for business and a boost for the economy, and that Entrepreneurial innovation will be key to reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Over three-fifths (61%) of businesses in the study thought that the move to a greener economy presents positive opportunities for businesses.
  • Half of all businesses agreed that their customers expected them to be taking steps to be more environmentally responsible and 57% agree that employees increasingly want to work in businesses that are seen as environmentally responsible.
  • Investment in ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ businesses has surged over the past five years.

Download the report here.

Government 10-point plan

The Government has recently announced its 10-point net-zero plan setting out the clear intention for the UK to be a world leader in various clean technologies. The £12 billion plan aims to support up to 250,000 green jobs, and secure three times as much investment from the private sector by 2030. Whilst the plan has been broadly welcomed, it highlights a number of issues and significant omissions. To see Edie’s full commentary and helpful overview, please visit this link.

Sustainable Construction

The Low Carbon Business Network is working with a number of firms to promote sustainable construction. Our colleagues at the Supply Chain Sustainability School have a range of resources and e-learning modules on delivering energy and carbon efficient buildings. For lots more information on what’s available to support sustainable construction, please visit this link (log in required).

New Members of the Low Carbon Business Network

In a new section of our quarterly newsletter, below we list all the new members of our Low Carbon Business Network. Please check them out on the Network Map (you need to log in to the website to access this). We also offer a huge vote of thanks to all our members for your support as our network of pro-environmental firms goes from strength to strength – even during this difficult year.

  • Neon Financial Planning
  • Cactus Energy Solutions Ltd
  • Positive Homes
  • Green Arch Consulting
  • Manthorpe Building Products
  • Cultivate.IT
  • Planet First Energy
  • New Meaning Foundation
  • Wylde Meaning Foundation
  • Shires Energy Services Ltd
  • City Taxis Ltd
  • Wondrwall
  • Co-Treetment Ltd
  • ORKA Outdoors
  • Infinitas Design Ltd
  • Hosta Consulting
  • Match Energy
  • Oakstedge Property Ltd
  • Perfect Sense Energy
  • Blueprint Document Solutions Ltd
  • Intelicle Ltd
  • Ward Recycling
  • TB Electrics
  • Wing Electric
  • Cast Iron Welding Services Ltd
  • The Katie Durie Company Ltd
  • 4D Sustainability  

Season’s Greetings

Finally, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a much, much better and more productive 2021!