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Brexit - what does this mean for Environmental Legislation?

No change anticipated in the short-term

Release date: 27/06/2016

There 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.Once Britain has decided whether to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will give notice of our legal intention to leave the EU, the laws will continue to apply unless they are repealed by the UK Parliament.The basis message in terms of environmental legislation is that it's business as usual and don't hold your breath on anything happening for at least two or more years.

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Free durable plastic containers

GBN member offers clean and durable plastic containers

Release date: 22/04/2016

One 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 member’s contact details. These are part of a one-off consignment and are not usually part of the member’s waste stream, hence the offer to you. You can email me at info@gbn-bedfordshire.org.uk or call on 01234 241411.

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Carbon Trust offers grants for energy efficiency

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises can benefit from up to £10,000 cash boost

Release date: 22/04/2016

The 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. The £7m fund has been made available to SMEs on a first come-first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice, and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment. Eligible companies can apply for a capital contribution to cover up to 15% of an energy efficiency project or equipment replacement cost, up to a maximum of £10,000. The fund can also be used to purchase a range of equipment, including energy efficient lighting, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and energy efficiency controls – vital equipment across a range of business sectors, including manufacturing, retail, and hospitality. The scheme is expected to support 1000 to 2000 smaller businesses across England, Scotland and Wales. It is expected to enable participating businesses to invest £55m in energy saving projects which would deliver them lifetime energy savings of almost £130m. The programme will focus on high quality implementation to ensure the best energy efficiency opportunities are fully realised. The Green Business Fund was launched on Monday 18 April 2016. To help businesses to understand how the Green Business Fund can help them, the Carbon Trust is hosting a series of Green Business Fund workshops. GBN is supporting Bedford Borough Council and The Carbon Trust in holding an energy efficiency workshop in October 2016. We will be sending out further details once details have been firmed up. In the meantime, if you are interested in the grants, please apply directly to the Carbon Trust. For more information visit: http://www.carbontrust.com/client-services/technology/implementation-and-finance/#greenbusinessfund

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Energy efficiency funding for SMEs

British Gas offers grants to micro-businesses

Release date: 13/04/2015

Up to £6,000 funding is available per SME (with fewer than 10 employees) to fund a range of measures including: solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, new boilers, insulation, and new lighting.For most SMEs, limited capital is spent on core business activities. Energy efficiency measures can often be seen as a 'nice to have', and with limited payback. And for commercial tenants, it's even harder to justify such investment. The Energy Efficiency Fund offered by British Gas seeks to address just that. For more information about the scheme, and to register interest, visit: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/energyefficiencyfundThis is a time limited offer, and grants are offered on a first come first served basis.

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Water and Sewerage - Free breakfast briefing

Could help your business save around 30%

Release date: 05/09/2013

WRAP, the Environment Agency and Investors in the Environment would like to invite you to a ‘Save Water Save Money’ breakfast briefing at Moulton College near Northampton on 25th September. The free event will show companies how to save around 30% on their water and sewerage bills by taking simple low cost and no-cost steps to reduce water use.

Expert speakers from WRAP, the Environment Agency and Northamptonshire LEP will be joined by representatives from two organisations who have benefited from saving water. You’ll be able to pick up some practical advice from Kitchen Range Foods, a large manufacturer, and the University of Northamptonshire, winner of the ‘Green Apple’ award for environmental best practice.

The event will run from 8.30am to 10.30am, followed by a free networking session.  Places are limited, so to reserve a place for you or a colleague, call Nilam Patel on 01733 882547 or email nilam.patel@pect.org.uk today.

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NISP offers construction industry resource efficiency workshop

Release date: 07/08/2013

NISP is to offer a resource efficiency workshop aimed at the construction industry on 26 September 2013 at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire.
The workshop aims to help you to:
• Cut costs on raw materials and waste disposal
• Move by-products up the value chain
• Generate new business opportunities
• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Develop innovative approaches to energy, materials, water and assets
The event will begin with refreshments and networking from 08:00, and end with lunch at 13:00, leaving plenty of opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas with new contacts.
For more information, visit: https://www.nispnetwork.com/members/Events/View/event/14 or you can contact Eoin Harris on 01234 373651 (mobile: 07919 217 565) or email: eoin.harris@NISPnetwork.com

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Free Lecture addresses Future of Water

Chair of Ofwat speaks out

Release date: 07/08/2013

This year’s speaker at Cranfield’s Annual Lorch Lecture will be Jonson Cox, chair of Ofwat, who will present his thoughts on the future for the water industry in the UK and the influence of financial regulation.
The free evening lecture will take place on 12 September 2013 at Cranfield University and will kick off with a drinks reception from 17.00.
For more details or to book a place, please visit: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/lorch/

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Payment incentives for Employers taking New Apprentices

Grants of £1500 per apprentice now available

Release date: 15/05/2013

TheNational Apprenticeship Service now has grants of £1500 under theApprenticeship Grant for Employers – this is an incentive payment to employerstaking on new apprentices aged 16 to 24 yrs.
If you employ lessthan 1,000 staff and have not had apprentices in the last year, yourorganisation may be eligible for the Grant which is to the value of £1500 foreach new apprentice you take on, up to a maximum of 10 apprentices. Find outmore here
Apprenticeships are anextremely cost effective way of training and developing new recruits,particularly school leavers.
There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available, and theyare designed for young people who learn on and off the job, supported by atraining provider. The training costs are fully subsidised by the government ifyou take on a 16 to 18 year old apprentice.
The grant of £1500 per apprentice is only available until December 2013, so ifyou are looking to take on an extra pair of hands and would like to consider anapprentice and claim this grant, please contact the Apprenticeship Programme assoon as possible.
To arrange a no obligation chat about the Apprenticeship programme and claimingthe grant, please call Amanda Sayers on 07958 021215 or email
amanda.sayers@apprenticeships.gov.uk

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Be Inspired by Landfillharmonic Orchestra

Paraguayan talent rises from trashes

Release date: 15/05/2013

For all those who are trying to cut business and home waste, here's an inspiring story from Paraguay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=UJrSUHK9Luw

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Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for Energy and Water Saving Equipment

Release date: 15/05/2013

Just a reminder to GBN members that you can claim taxback under the enhanced capital allowance scheme for energy and water savingequipment that gives 100% tax relief against corporation tax annually.
The scheme is based on the following piece of legislation: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/2541/pdfs/uksi_20012541_en.pdf

For itemsrelating specifically to water, visit:

http://wtl.defra.gov.uk/product_search_landing.asp?section=66&itemTitle=Product+Search&gclid=CL3Eu7KtzKwCFQVTfAodEwjbpA

And for items relatingspecifically to energy, visit: http://www.etl.decc.gov.uk

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Resource Efficiency Advice now available on one website

WRAP becomes default website

Release date: 15/05/2013

The various government-funded resource efficiency programmes for business that used to be offered by WRAP, Envirowise and others have now been amalgamated on the WRAP website. This enables businesses to draw on a rich seam of information and guidance developed by the programmes.

To access the information, visit: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/business-resource-efficiency-hub 

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Grants available to SMEs for investment in fuel and energy reduction equipment or processes

Release date: 01/05/2013

Under the new Grants4Growth scheme funded by the European Union and administrated by Brecklands Council, SMEs in the East of England can apply for grants towards capital investment in equipment or processes that reduce fuel or energy costs.

Grants are available for up to 28% of any capital expenditure, and are capped at a total of £6328.

Applications for grants must go before a panel for approval, and any amount awarded is at their absolute discretion. Any grant must be approved before an order is placed, and potential recipients must obtain three quotes (although the cheapest quote does not have to be the one accepted, provided there is a valid reason).

The scheme is open to all SMEs –broadly speaking those companies with fewer than 250 employees, less than €34 million turnover and no more than a quarter owned by a larger group – in the six counties of the East of England (Beds, Cambs, Herts, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk).

For more information, please email Jane Varley info@gbn-bedfordshire.org.uk or call on 01234 241411. Any leads that GBN passes through to Grants4Growth mean that the Network receives a coffer boosting referral fee, which helps us to continue to operate.

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Communicating behavioural change - free video on YouTube

Useful presentation tool available free

Release date: 25/02/2013

Gareth Kane of Terra Firma consultancy has very kindly given free access to a cartoon he has commissioned relating to green behavioural change. It's short, useful and gets the point across.

To access the video on YouTube, visit: http://youtu.be/vR8BnDxfVP8

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GBN member speaks about alternative economy and peak oil at Swiss Conference

Presentation now available on YouTube

Release date: 19/02/2013

GBN member Shane Hughes of Carbon Accounting Systems has just delivered a presentation to the TEDx conference in Switzerland on peak oil and the emerging alternative economy. Some of the content is similar to that he gave during a GBN seminar last year.

For those of you who are interested, you can access his presentation on YouTube.

See: The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya6zndBObHY

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Tree Charity seeks help from Bedford businesses

Bedford Tree Fund charity aims to maintain green spaces in Bedford

Release date: 06/02/2013

Just launched is The Bedford Tree Fund, which is an independent charity working to promote the planting and upkeep of trees in parks, streets and open spaces across the Borough of Bedford.

The charity is stressing the urgent need to plant more trees to counteract the effects of drought and disease, and also to replace many of the trees that are nearing the end of their natural lives.

Louise Williams of the Bedford Tree Fund says: “Supporting the Fund would be an excellent way to show your company’s ‘green’ credentials by ensuring that your corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities are known to your customers and suppliers, improving your company’s image and having a positive impact on the local environment and community.”

To find out how your business can get involved, visit  www.bedfordtreefund.org or telephone: 01234 718278.

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Free business support sessions for Central Beds businesses

Release date: 11/12/2012

Business TimeBank - For a free session on marketing, finance, web design and much more, get your Business TimeBank voucher now, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/businesstimebank

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Central Beds Council offers Business Clinics

Support for local businesses

Release date: 11/12/2012

Business Clinics 2013 - Chat through your business issues or growth plans with a business advisor. The fourth clinic is being held on Friday, 8 February in Dunstable - email business@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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Innovation Funding for Manufacturing Companies

50% of costs could be met for small projects

Release date: 11/12/2012

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) have help available for manufacturing companies. Support is available for developing new ideas, business planning, improving processes and growing supply chains. There is grant funding available of up to £3000 which can contribute up to 50% of the total cost of a project. For further information visit http://www.mymas.org/ or contact Roy Matthews (MAS Advisor) on roy.matthews@mymas.org or 07866663062

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Asgard Biomass to sponsor GBN seminar

GBN happy to look at offers of other sponsors for 2013 programme

Release date: 11/12/2012

GBN's January seminar will be looking at biomass boilers - a sustainable way of heating homes and premises - together with opportunities for companies to use excess land to grow the fuel that powers them.

As GBN are no longer supported by government grants, we are now looking for support for our seminars from local businesses in the form of sponsorship, or jointly held events. Preference will be given to GBN members.

For a copy of the programme for 2013, please contact Jane Varley by emailing info@gbn-bedfordshire.org.uk

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Event focuses on funding for Low Carbon joint ventures between SMEs and Academics

Make the most of European funding opportunities

Release date: 20/09/2012

The Low Carbon KEEP project is to hold an event on 31 October 2012 at The Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park, which will give small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East of England the chance to explore how they can secure funding to work with universities.
The event will look at how the programme can help small businesses to increase profits, develop new competencies and improve competitiveness.
For more information about the event and about what’s on offer via the Low Carbon KEEP project, visit http://www.anglia.ac.uk/lowcarbon or email carole.randall@anglia.ac.uk

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Grants and Travel Planning for SMEs in Herts

Up to £1000 for travel improvements

Release date: 05/09/2012

Fresh Ways to Work is a completely free consultancy service aimed at providing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with FREE travel planning advice. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and delivered by the University of Hertfordshire.

The project began in 2010 and is only available to businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

Businesses taking part could save money on transport costs, improve their corporate social responsibility, green credentials and gain access to a grant of up to £1000.

This is a good opportunity to enhance your business FREE of charge.

Call or email the team at the University of Hertfordshire and they will guide you through getting involved. Only businesses with less than 250 employees are eligible.

For free travel planning advice in Hertfordshire, call 01707 281 366 or email: freshways@herts.ac.uk

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Dragons required for 2012 Challenge

Help to support your future employees

Release date: 05/09/2012

The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge is a unique initiative which brings together partners in business (the Dragons), local schools (the Apprentices) and local charities. The students are tasked with turning £100 into £1000 for a local community group or charity through a business venture, under the guidance and support of a dragon. At a celebration event in March 2013, a number of awards will be presented by a panel of SuperDragons.

The Benefits of Getting Involved
There are a number of benefits for you and your business:

Full details on how you can get involved and what will be required of you can be found at www.dragonsapprenticechallenge.com

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Central Beds Launches Travel choices Project

Alternatives for local journeys

Release date: 05/09/2012


Central Bedfordshire Council will be launching its Travel Choices Project at an event on Friday 14th September at the Grove Theatre in Dunstables. Travel Choices is a £4.9m three year project, funded by the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LTSF) to support Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade by providing residents and businesses with a wider choice for their local journeys.
 
The project aims to make people think more about their journeys and whether that trip to the corner shop by car is always necessary. With information about cycling, walking and buses, residents and businesses could benefit from the project by saving money on petrol and improving their long-term health at the same time.

For more information or to book a place, contact Haydn Rees on 0300 3004947 or email: haydn.rees@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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Redeploying 2nd Life EV/ HEV Batteries for Renewable Energy Applications

Cranfield event highlights benefits

Release date: 04/09/2012

CO2 emissions legislation is shaping a transport future with increased levels of electrification within the powertrain. The high purchase price and recycling costs of lithium-ion batteries will potentially create a sustainable market for the redeployment of these batteries when they have reached their vehicle end of life.

In collaboration with GoodWolfe Energy, Cranfield University has assessed the technical and commercial feasibility of reusing retired battery systems to support new sources of renewable energy in grid, off-grid and SmartGrid applications.The dissemination event aims to bring together key stakeholders from the transport and electrical power and energy storage industries.

The key findings from this TSB funded project will be presented including an overview of the commercial opportunities, new markets and novel technology solutions that are available to the industry. Register below to discover how your organisation could benefit from these opportunities.

Date: Wed 12th Sept 2012

Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Martell House, University Way, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0TR

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Joanna Mclea
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Grant funding of £1500 for recruiting young Apprentices

Small businesses can now claim via Exemplas

Release date: 29/05/2012

Exemplas has recently announced that it has been chosen as one of the organisations able to administer the Government small business grant funding of £1500 each Apprentice recruited aged between 16 and 24. If you haven’t yet done so, you can now claim your share.
How can you claim a grant?
There are only 40,000 grants of £1500 each, available nationally on a first–come–first–served basis. The funding will be administered through a quality–assured training provider, such as Exemplas.
The £1500 grant is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship, which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.
Are you eligible to receive the funding?
• Your organisation must have fewer than 250 employees.
• The new Apprentice(s) you recruit must be aged between 16 and 24 years old, living in England and not taking part in full–time education.
• You cannot have recruited an Apprentice in the previous three years.
How does it work?
1. Exemplas will promote your vacancy for you on the National Apprenticeship Service website
2. Exemplas will help you to source potential recruits and provide a shortlist of pre–screened candidates
3. You make your final choice of recruit(s)
4. You sign an agreement which commits you to employ the young person(s) until they complete their Apprenticeship Programme
5. You receive a payment of £750 once the Apprentice reaches the 8 week point of their programme
6. You will receive a second payment of £750 once the individual has completed month 12 of their Apprenticeship Programme
Next Steps
If you think you are eligible and would like to access the grant, please call Exemplas on 0845 600 9130 quoting reference number EMHBI290512 or email apprenticeships@exemplas.com

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Free information packs on algal industry production systems

Release date: 11/05/2012

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Green marketing & CSR webinar series

Weekly webinars on Thursday at 4.00

Release date: 11/05/2012

GBN member Clarity Sustainability is sharing its green marketing and CSR experience alongside some other great speakers over the course of 5 free weekly webinars. Topics include sustainable innovation, green marketing, sustainability PR and reporting.

Find out more and book at http://www.think-sustainability.co.uk/webinar/

If you could help Clarity to get the message out by sharing this time and date with your environmental, CSR and marketing colleagues, it would be greatly appreciated.

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New Central Bedfordshire & Luton Liftshare Website

Save money and impacts on the environment by lift sharing

Release date: 16/09/2011

Central Bedfordshire and Luton local authorities have just launched a new online car-share journey matchingservice.

 

The website www.centralbedsandluton.liftshare.comwas launched on 1 September and provides a free journey matching service that partnersdrivers with passengers and vice versa, helping users to save money on their travel costs as well as those without access toconvenient public or private transport access their destinations of choice.

 

Thewider environmental, economic and commercial benefits of reducingsingle-occupancy vehicle use and promoting car-sharing are well understood butinclude:

 

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Changes to Waste Carriers’ licensing will mean more businesses have to register

Check your status to avoid prosecutions

Release date: 09/05/2011

From 29 March 2011, new regulations introduced a two-tier registration system for waste carriers, brokers and dealers – Upper and Lower Tier. If you want to transport other people's controlled waste, or your own construction and demolition waste, you must register with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier.

From the end of December 2013, you will also need to register as a lower tier carrier if you normally and regularly carry controlled waste produced by your own business.

Controlled waste includes commercial, industrial and household waste, as well as hazardous waste. All businesses can register as waste carriers including self-employed individuals, partnerships, companies or other types of organisation. You need to register even if carrying waste is not your main business activity or if you only carry waste occasionally.

If you do not register and you carry waste, you could be prosecuted.

If you had a waste carrier certificate before 29 March 2011, you don't need to do anything. When your certificate is due to be renewed it will be replaced with an upper tier certificate.

For more information, please visit the Business Link website at: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=1086990573&r.l1=1079068363&r.l2=1086502659&r.l3=1086989345&r.s=m&type=RESOURCES&dm_i=2WX,F8K6,8LBM9,187O2,1

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T&E Neville stops flushing away money

Water saved would have filled Luton’s public swimming pool

Release date: 11/11/2010

The East of England is one of the hottest and driest regions in the UK, and water shortages are an ever present threat – if not now, in the future. Water costs are also on the increase, so any savings made by business are beneficial. And Leagrave-based T&E Neville is proof that small changes can reap big rewards.

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CRC scheme - Treasury pulls rewards for good performance

Costs for large companies could rise by millions

Release date: 22/10/2010

As part of this week’s spending review, the Treasury has changed the goalposts for those companies required to participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. Participating organisations were originally going to receive money back rewards for a good performance within the CRC league tables, but this “reward” money is instead to go directly to the Treasury.

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Food waste event could help cut greenhouse emissions

Smaller businesses could benefit from free trial waste collection

Release date: 14/10/2010

SEEDA and Remade South East are aiming to help Milton Keynes businesses to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill by holding a breakfast meeting to offer advice and guidance for local companies.

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Budget extends increases in landfill taxes

Taxes to rise until at least 2014

Release date: 23/06/2010

Yesterday's budget announced that landfill tax will increase by £8 per tonne per year until at least 2014. This tax, which currently stands at £48 per tonne, will rise to £56 per tonne as of April 2011.

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Support Forest Centre in Lottery Awards

Vote for the Eastern Region - Vote for the Forest Centre

Release date: 08/06/2010

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Cost saving and improving environmental performance through business clusters

REE to help businesses work together partnered by GBN

Release date: 03/02/2010

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Events to help Central Bedfordshire companies gain new business

Dates for business expansion and exporting advice events released

Release date: 03/02/2010

Central Bedfordshire Council has arranged for a variety of expert speakers to offer local businesses advice on gaining finance, and exporting at events to take place during March.

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GBN member features on BBC television

Cotton Roots finds being environmentally friendly pays off

Release date: 15/01/2010

GBN members Cotton Roots, who specialise in producing fair trade uniforms for businesses, have found that manufacturing environmentally and ethically sourced products has paid off in terms of gaining publicity. The business has recently featured in a slot on the BBC's Working Lunch programme.

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Bedfordshire law firm takes steps towards greener future

Pictons Solicitors LLP achieves ISO 14001 certification

Release date: 13/01/2010

Pictons Solicitors LLP has become the latest GBN member business, supported under the BETI+ programme, to achieve the prestigious ISO 140001 certification for its Luton office.  

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Seminar reveals how major cash and carbon savings can be achieved simply by changing your lights

Release date: 12/01/2010

Local businesses learned that energy costs from lighting could be halved just by using different fluorescent tubes at a seminar held at Luton based energy saving lighting and controls specialist Chalmor Limited. The event, which was organised jointly by environmental business groups Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN) and West Anglian Energy and Environmental Management Group (WAEEMG) highlighted the financial and environmental advantages of introducing the latest advances in lighting technologies to business premises.

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Industrial and Vehicle Batteries Banned from Landfill

Release date: 08/01/2010

Industrial and vehicle batteries were banned from landfill on 1 January. Find out what to do with waste batteries. Also this month, portable battery manufacturers who produce more than one tonne a year must now pay a fee to a compliance scheme to cover recycling costs. Click on the link to the NetRegs Website to find out more.

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Compulsory testing for refrigeration and air-con equipment

New Regulations come into force

Release date: 08/01/2010

If you have refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment you now have to test it for leaks of ozone depleting substances (ODS) at least every year, and every three months if it contains more than 300kg of ODS. The recast EC ozone regulation also requires you to label all containers of reclaimed ODS. Find out more about handling these harmful greenhouse gases by visiting the NetRegs website or by clicking the link

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Employers could benefit from grant assistance to offer jobs

Bedford Borough looking to gain second stage funding for long-term unemployed

Release date: 08/01/2010

Using the Future Jobs Funding programme - a £1.1 million government initiative to generate minimum 6-month job opportunities - Bedford Borough has already created 198 jobs for long-term unemployed young people and those from unemployment hot spots.

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Environmental Improvement - Help for Chemical Businesses

Environment Agency publishes guidance

Release date: 08/01/2010

The Environment Agency's updated chemicals manufacturing guidance covers environmental regulations and responsibilities for businesses producing speciality and commodity chemicals, and products such as pesticides, paints or detergents. Find out how chemical businesses can reduce their environmental impact and comply with the law

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£1.5 Million Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme - grants available to SMEs

Release date: 24/11/2009

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Tradesmen get help to profit through resource efficiency

Free building trades fact sheets available from Envirowise

Release date: 12/11/2009

Building tradesmen across the East of England can find out how to make valuable savings through resource efficiency and reducing waste, thanks to a new range of free fact sheets available from sustainability experts Envirowise.  

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Salvaged Building Materials, Fixtures and Fittings offered free

Integria project in Luton seeks takers for salvaged building products

Release date: 12/11/2009

A building refurbishment project in Luton run by Integria is looking to save tonnes of building materials, fixtures and fittings going to landfill by offering them free of charge.

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Interest free loans under Big Business Refit Programme

Carbon Trust extends loans

Release date: 12/11/2009

The Carbon Trust is set to launch a new programme they claim will help thousands of UK SMEs to reduce their energy bills by a combined £40 million.

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GBN companies provide massive contribution to local carbon targets

Achievements equal one third of local yearly target

Release date: 12/11/2009

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East Anglia could be heading for a water crisis

Envirowise offers help to reduce water usage

Release date: 12/11/2009

Water recovery and re-use technology could become a key risk management tool for East Anglian businesses as changing weather patterns, population growth and evolving regulation increase the potential for UK plc to face a future ‘water crunch’.

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High energy Olympic athlete opens low energy office

Kris Akabusi officially opens state of the art low emissions premises for Chalmor

Release date: 12/11/2009

Kriss Akabusi MBE was the principal guest at the official opening of Luton-based Chalmor’s new, state-of-the-art, low energy offices earlier this year.

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UK manufacturer aims to replace concrete with recycled plastic material

Release date: 11/02/2009

A UK manufacturer of composites from waste plastic is targeting the construction industry with its building material, which it believes can replace concrete, steel and wood in any construction project.

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Carbon Trust offers Smaller Businesses interest free loans for energy efficiency

Release date: 11/02/2009

In a bid to help smaller businesses continue to improve energy efficiency, the Carbon Trust has now increased the maximum amount of its interest-free loans to £200,000.

Not only has the maximum allowable loan gone up from £100,000 to £200,00, but the overall amount of loan money available has increased by 45% to £31 million.

The loans, which are unsecured, interest-free and repayable over a period of up to four years, provide a cost effective way for small businesses to upgrade equipment with a more energy efficient version - thereby reducing energy bills and cutting their carbon footprint.

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SMEs can apply for £1000 to get help to lower carbon

Release date: 11/02/2009

i10 – a collaboration of ten East of England universities – is now able to offer East of England SMEs the chance to apply for £1000 low carbon voucher to pay for up to two days’ consultancy with an i10 university of their choice. Fifty of these vouchers are available.

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Cambridge Boffins invent £2 energy saving lightbulb with a 60-year lifecycle

Release date: 11/02/2009

Cambridge University scientists have developed an energy saving lightbulb that will cost just £2 and will last for 60 years.

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Community Waste offers recycling for all plastics

Release date: 06/10/2008

Community Waste based at Milton Keynes Council’s Materials Recycling Facility in Wolverton is extending its services to include recycling for all types of plastic generated by businesses. This could help you to reduce landfill taxes, increase recycling rates, save waste disposal costs, and potentially generate an income.

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Larger organisations to come under Carbon Reduction Commitment by 2010

Release date: 06/10/2008

Coming in January 2010 is the carbon reduction commitment (CRC), a compulsory UK-wide scheme to make larger organisations reduce their carbon emissions or pay for them. However,

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New legislation to introduce stricter controls on Batteries

Regulations now published and applicable

Release date: 06/10/2008

Stricter rules on batteries and accumulators for UK businesses were introduced on 26 September through the implementation of the Batteries Directive.

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GRF Engineering gains BSI recognition for environmental performance

Release date: 31/07/2008

Luton-based CNC machining company GRF Engineering has just been awarded recognition from BSI that it meets the stringent demands of ISO 14001 - the prestigious international environmental management standard.

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Eco-Trash offers can and foil recycling collection service

Release date: 04/12/2007

EcoTrash is a newly formed project, where people with disabilities collect cans and foil for recycling from organisations in Bedfordshire and Luton.

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Small construction firms’ lack of awareness of legislation is cause for concern says Survey

According to a recent NetRegs survey, levels of environmental awareness in smaller construction comp

Release date: 03/12/2007

When surveyed, 85% of UK construction businesses did not think that they undertook activities that could cause harm to the environment. However, when prompted with a list of activities that are potentially harmful to the environment, 39% stated they undertook at least one of them. The most common were producing or importing packaging (41%) and storing waste (33%).

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Environment Agency and WRAP - working to make it easier to use waste vegetable oil for biodiesel

Release date: 03/12/2007

With almost 75,000 tonnes of waste vegetable oil being transformed into biodiesel each year, a Quality Protocol consultation launched by the Environment Agency and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) aims to cut regulatory red-tape so that waste vegetable oil from places such as chip shops can be processed and used in engines more easily.

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Ethical Food Company supports Willen Hospice

Release date: 03/12/2007

GBN member The Ethical Food Company is supporting local charity Willen Hospice by offering special “Willen” Christmas hampers.

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Firbank Chiltern achieves ISO 14001 Certification

Release date: 03/12/2007

Congratulations go to long-standing GBN members and waste contractors Firbank Chiltern who have recently achieved registration to ISO 14001 – the internationally recognised environmental management systems standard.

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GBN company wins CIWM national award for recycling

Release date: 03/12/2007

Hain Celestial Group was recently announced the winner of the Recycling Performance of the Year Award at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award is designed to recognise excellent performance in recycling across all industries, which can be demonstrated in a number of ways, such as recycling of a new material, finding a market for a waste material, or improving the sustainability of the product or process.

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New Environment Agency Guidance aims to increase wood recycling

Release date: 03/12/2007

The Environment Agency has announced new guidance for the timber industry, which effectively removes existing controls on the recovery of virgin timber.

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SDC Construction wins Eastex Waste Award

Release date: 03/12/2007

Bedford based SDC Construction scooped the award for Most Tonnes Exchanged 2007 at the first Eastex Annual Conference, which took place in October. Eastex is the unique free materials exchange scheme for the East of England, which aims to reduce the amount of business waste sent to landfill by allowing the waste materials of one business to be exchanged and reused by another business.

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Terrapin Wins Green Award

Release date: 03/12/2007

Terrapin’s impressive environmental record has won the offsite construction company a Business Excellence Award from the Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce. The Environment Award recognises achievements in recycling, waste reduction and green initiatives.

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Local food supplier fights back with Wine Offer

Release date: 03/12/2007

Bedford based buy-local.net is now offering consumers and businesses an alternative to the major supermarket chains, together with the chance to have locally or ethically produced groceries delivered to their doorsteps, and is tempting customers with a free bottle of locally produced wine with every order.

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Green Buying Website to go live in December

Release date: 03/12/2007

A website dealing with issues relating to sustainable purchasing is to go live in December. The site is the initiative of Matthew Roper of Green Buying Ltd, who delivered the GBN seminar on greening the supply chain in November.

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New Construction Waste Laws soon to come into operation

Are you aware of the new site waste management plan legislation?

Release date: 03/12/2007

If you work in the construction industry in England, it is likely that you will need to produce a site waste management plan (SWMP) by April 2008.

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Free recycling opportunity for MK SMEs

Milton Keynes SMEs can now recycle paper, card, cans and plastic bottles free of charge

Release date: 10/09/2007

Recognising that smaller businesses don’t always have the space to store the quantities of recycled materials necessary for collection by waste contractors or recycling schemes, Milton Keynes Council has agreed that they can now deliver this to its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Wolverton.

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Interfoam thanks GBN for help in achieving environmental recognition

Release date: 10/09/2007

Kempston based Interfoam paid tribute to help from GBN at a ceremony to celebrate the company achieving registration to the internationally recognised environmental management standard ISO 14001.

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Resource Efficiency Action Programme helps businesses save £500,000

Release date: 10/09/2007

Preliminary results from the second year of GBN’s Resource Efficiency programme, which helps businesses to save money by eliminating waste and reducing gas, water and electricity use, are once again exceptional. Businesses in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes have made savings of more than £200,000, with more than £300,000 savings predicted for next year.

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New environmental support programmes announced

GBN works with Beds and MK local authorities

Release date: 16/05/2007

GBN has just had two separate sets of funding confirmed that will enable it to work with businesses in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes to improve environmental performance whilst saving money.

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CIWM Waste Awareness Certificate Courses offered free of charge

Limited spaces - book now

Release date: 24/01/2007

Under the EEDA and ESF funded BETI+ project, we are now able to offer a limited number of free places on the CIWM Waste Awareness Certificate course.

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GBN is winner at Business Excellence Awards

Release date: 07/11/2006

GBN and Bedfordia Bio Energy shared top honours at the Bedfordshire and Luton Business Excellence Awards 2006, as they were named joint winners of the Environmental Business Award.

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Bedfordshire businesses can now access fully subsidised training and on-site support worth £4,500

Release date: 06/11/2006

Thanks to financial backing from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) GBN is now able to offer Bedfordshire businesses the chance to take advantage of a fully subsidised extensive business environmental training and on-site support initiative worth more than £4,500.

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GBN appoints new executive officer

Release date: 12/09/2006

GBN is delighted to announce that Claire Atkins has been appointed executive officer.

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Companies almost double target resource efficiency savings

Release date: 05/09/2006

Eleven companies spanning Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have made savings totalling £465,776 by participating in the Green Business Network’s (GBN) Resource Efficiency Action Programme (REAP).This is almost double the Network’s original declared target of £250,000.

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Carbon Trust Energy Management Workshop

Free Training course in Bedford

Release date: 05/09/2006

The Carbon Trust is to run two free half-day sessions on 24 October 2006 at Bedford. These will offer practical advice on how your organisation can become more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

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Local Companies Heed the Call to Reduce Environmental Impacts on World Environment Day

Release date: 14/06/2006

Members of the local Green Business Network (GBN) have been pledging to reduce their environmental impacts following the UK initiative led by the Environment Agency call for them to "Promise the Earth for World Environment Day". The Day, officially held on 5 June, has come and gone, but its legacies will last for years to come.

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GBN accredited by CIWM for waste management courses

Release date: 21/05/2006

GBN has now received full accreditation from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management to run its Waste Management Foundation Level Courses. Whilst these will predominantly be run to support companies taking part in the Resource Efficiency Action Programme (REAP), GBN is now able to offer them to businesses in general.

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