What is it?
Eco Burslem is an initiative developed by Burslem Regeneration Trust and partner organisations. We aim to bring about positive change to the Burslem area, create interest and good press, and overall make it a great place to live, work and visit.
Climate change, plastic pollution, polluted waterways, deforestation… we all know about it, but how can we help? Whilst the government and larger businesses do need to act fast to help solve these issues, the influence of small businesses in the UK is substantial. In fact, SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) account for 99.9% of all private sector businesses and 51% of all private sector turnover.
We believe that in encouraging Burslem businesses to address the issue of environmental sustainability, we can become business and community leaders and attract positive attention to the town. Not only that, implementing sustainable practices within your business could actually help it to grow and reduce your operating costs.
How can you make your business more sustainable?
Reduce your energy use & switch to renewables
Reduce, reuse, recycle your waste
Develop low carbon processes, services & products
Encourage staff to drive less, use public transport or walk
Implement environmental policies and procedures e.g. EMS
Advertise that you are an environmentally responsible business
Encourage staff, customers, suppliers and partner organisations to do the same
How can you get involved?
There are many funded support programmes available to Staffordshire businesses, and a few specific to sustainability and low carbon. We have highlighted some of these below, but you can register your interest via our contact form for more information.
SEND Supply Chain Development
Free environmental review of your business including energy, waste, water, plastics and optional carbon footprinting.
Delivered by: Stopford Energy & Environment on behalf of Keele University.
Eligibility: SME with under 250 employees, under €50 million turnover and not owned by a large company or chain. No B2B restrictions.
Funded by: Part of the ERDF-funded Keele University Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) programme (Ref. 32R16P00706).
Keele Research & Innovation Support Programme (KRISP)
10 weeks of fully-funded innovation support for the development of a new product, process or service.
Delivered by: Keele University
Eligibility: SME with under 250 employees, 60%+ B2B, under €50 million turnover and not owned by a large company or chain.
Funded by: This programme (Ref. 32R16P00711) is part-funded through the ERDF as part of the Endland 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.
Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP)
Free energy efficiency review and potential Low Carbon Enterprise Grant of £2,000 - £20,000 (up to 60% funded) for the installation of energy efficient measures in buildings, processes, products and services.
Delivered by: Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Keele University and Staffordshire University.
Eligibility: SME with under 250 employees, 70%+ B2B, under €50 million turnover and not owned by a large company or chain. Must also spend more than £3,000 annually on energy.
Funded by: This programme is part-funded with support from the ERDF Programme 2014-2020.
Contact: email@example.com, 01785 278108, sben.co.uk/lcbep