Sustainable Business

Understand social and environmental obligations and opportunities

Knowledge

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Green Great Britain Week – simple steps you can take to reduce emissions
Find out how your business could reduce emissions and help to tackle climate change.
Generating good energy in the area
The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP (SWLEP) is a member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen initiative and believes it can make a significant contribution national...
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Why we need to provide the best business support to SME Builders
There are many reasons why we need to provide SME builders with all the business support we can.
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Environmental Protection Act 1990
A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the obligations of business owners.
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Environmental Regulations - A Guide
Understand environmental regulations and how to manage the impact of your business.

Resources

Green Key

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Voluntary Eco-label award scheme – quality standard for environmental responsibility and sustainable operation. Available to hospitality businesses globally.

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Social enterprises, community groups & village services (Community First)

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Community First provides information, advice and support to tackle and promote rural community issues. They provide practical help, especially to social enterprises, community groups and village services, such as community shops and post offices. They can provide loans, grants and funds for community projects and as well as for youth inclusion projects.

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National Umbrella for Women's Charities - The Women's Resource Centre

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The Women's Resource Centre is the leading national umbrella body for women's charities, with over 500 members. We provide training so that women's charities can be more effective and sustainable and so that they can continue to deliver life-saving services to some of the most marginalised and oppressed women in our society. We also lobby the government on behalf of our members, seeking to join the dots of women's inequality to bring about substantive and transformative social change.

WRC.org.uk
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START2ACT

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An energy efficiency support programme delivered by The Carbon Trust START2ACT is aimed at young SME businesses.

carbontrust.com
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Business Against Poverty

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Business against Poverty is a Business Enterprise that drives profitable, ethical and sustainable growth for the benefit of its members and society. Its funds drive the humanitarian work of the charity People against Poverty.

BusinessAgainstPoverty.com
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Quench - Enabling social enterprise in Wiltshire

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Quench offer co-working space and a cafe's, but their social enterprise training centre is the core of what they do. They believe that Social Enterprises can change the world for good and in a sustainable way. They provide a safe environment where young social entrepreneurs can explore ideas, develop their skills, and set up social ventures as a group. Wanting to offer individual support they also link young entrepreneurs with mentors in the business community to help turn their dreams into reality.

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Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

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Confidential advice and support on environmental issues for all UK businesses.

wrap.org.uk
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The Green Economy

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Wiltshire Council aims to meet the needs and aspirations of their communities while migrating the impact of future growth on the wider environment. To do this, the economy and enterprise provides a county-wide, integrated statutory land-use planning, economic regeneration and climate change service, to plan for the sustainable growth of Wiltshire. Find out more about Climate change, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Electric vehicles and charging points, Community action and Biomass.

wiltshire.gov.uk/green-economy
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News

News Update
Major retailers help consumers be greener by burni...
In celebration of Green Great Britain Week, leading retailers across the UK have pledged to encourag...
Are you a small business with a big heart?
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) is sponsoring the Wiltshire Business Awards ‘Corpor...
Woodland Creations Grant for 2018 Announced
The Forestry Commission have announced the launch of Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant...

Insights

Is asking for help a sign of weakness? Or strong leadership?
Why business owners don't ask for help, the benefits of getting external help, strengthening the business and being strategic
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Business Ethics: How Ethical Are You?
Alison Edgar AKA The Entrepreneur’s Godmother, Alison works with start-ups, micro businesses and owner-managed businesses teaching them how to sell.

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