Green Business Network
Welcome to the home page of the Green Business Network (GBN). GBN is an independent, business-led, membership-based local environmental charity working with businesses, and related organisations in Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and neighbouring areas.
The organisation is led by a Steering Group and Board of Trustees from local business, supported by representatives from Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, the Environment Agency and the Chamber.
GBN is a leading business environmental network and provides a range of services to help members improve their environmental performance. Much of that support is either part- or fully-funded through Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils. This enables GBN to provide an extremely cost-effective, impartial service to members.
The strength of GBN is in its membership. Managers from a variety of business sectors and business sizes, each with a range of experience and skills, work together to help each other exchange information, adopt best practice and make savings by taking advantage of free services and training.
A growing number of businesses are finding that improving their environmental performance is leading to surprising benefits. In addition to legal compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement, these include reduced waste, lower utility bills, better processes, improvements in PR and increased profits.
GBN is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Sustainable Business Partnership (BLSBP) and works in partnership with a range of projects and organisations to ensure members achieve the very best support available. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Network and to helping you become a truly sustainable business.
GBN has teamed up with fellow charity Wise Recycling to promote recycling of your toner and ink cartridges. For every cartridge you recycle with Wise, or any products you buy, GBN receives a donation. To find out more, click on the GBN logo on the left.
Carbon Trust offers grants for energy efficiency
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises can benefit from up to £10,000 cash boostThe Carbon Trust has just launched a new fund providing vital capital for smaller businesses to replace old, power-guzzling equipment, together with expert advice to boost the efficiency and productivity of businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.
Free durable plastic containers
GBN member offers clean and durable plastic containersOne of our GBN members is offering durable, small plastic barrels free of charge. They are airtight, water-tight and have a secure locking mechanism on the lid. They are also clean, having been used to transport pills, which were in a secondary containment. Our member has a number of these barrels available free to anyone who wants to pick them up. Some members have already identified that they could use them as storage for PPE in vans or in transporting/storing other items. If you could use these, please contact me and I will pass on the memberís contact details. These are part of a one-off consignment and are not usually part of the memberís waste stream, hence the offer to you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01234 241411.
Brexit - what does this mean for Environmental Legislation?
No change anticipated in the short-termThere will be no change in the application of environmental legislation immediately. Most of the laws governing businesses' legal obligations to environmental impacts were drafted in Europe, but they have been adopted and ratified as UK law. This means that they still apply and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.