Billed as practical, interactive sessions for organisations with premises, Utilise Plus Energy Saving Workshops promise to help you explore how your organisation could benefit from energy efficiency improvements.
Those in attendance will meet other organisations with similar interests, gain new knowledge and skills, and address the barriers to change within their organisations through the guidance towards, and curation of, unique action plans. After the workshop, further support and guidance will be given by the Sustainable Business Partnership, to help attendees implement their plans.
Workshops will centre around the discussion of the benefits of energy savings and environmental efficiency for businesses large and small, guidance towards how to properly review organisation’s energy use and environmental footprints, information on how to feasibly and sensibly reduce energy consumption and bills, and how to identify and address barriers to change before creating and successfully implementing an action plan.
Such thinking within the sphere of business is by no means novel, but many who are in support of the environmental cause are unsure how to best implement energy reduction strategies whilst maintaining a competitive edge within the market. Each and every business has a responsibility for the social and environmental consequences they help to produce, so the kinds of self-reflection workshops like these invoke and facilitate within boardrooms across Brighton is more than welcomed by the team at Brighton Journal.
The event is part of the Utilise Plus programme and is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As such, only those from eligible organisations can attend. Utilise Plus supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their resource efficiency.
Organisations eligible for support through Utilise Plus mist be a SME that employs fewer than 250 people, have a turnover of less that €50 million per annum (£46.1m), or a balance sheet total of less than €43 million per annum (£39.6m), be eligible to receive State Aid, not be woned by a group or company that does not meet the above three criteria, and be registered with Companies House / Charities Commission or demonstrate that they are engaged in ‘economic activity’ – usually some form of trading. Unincorporated associations and sole traders are eligible, provided that they can show evidence of this.
The event is taking place on the 16th of November 2017 from 09.30 to 13.00 in Brighton, so if you think this would be useful for your small local business, or know someone who might be interested, you’ll have to move quick to book yourself a seat!