Subsidised green certification on offer to small businesses

9 October 2020

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has teamed up with Green Small Business (GSB) to offer a heavily subsidised deal for firms to get environmental advice and certification.

The offer will see the first 20 South Lakeland businesses to register get a heavily subsidised rate – £50 instead of the usual £300 – on a package of environmental advice and support, along with 12 months Green Small Business certification.

The decisions of customers and employees are increasingly informed by environmental concerns so getting environmental certification is a smart business move. It can also be a requirement for grant applications, tenders and supply contracts.

The Green Small Business approach is designed specifically for small businesses and organisations. Certification provides confirmation for customers and potential customers that a business is aware of its environmental impacts and that they are being actively managed. Renewing certification costs £199 every year, which is a fraction of the cost of other schemes designed with bigger businesses in mind.

The benefits to a small business of becoming Green Small Business certified include:

  • Providing evidence of environmentally-friendly practices which can help secure contracts with government, public or private sector bodies
  • Saving money by understanding and managing how you use energy and water, where your raw materials come from and how you dispose of waste.
  • Enhancing reputation by demonstrating commitment to the environment to clients, customers and potential customers.

Councillor Dyan Jones, portfolio holder for Climate Change and Localism, said: “Businesses taking notice of their environmental impacts and actively managing them is the right thing to do as we all work towards achieving a carbon neutral South Lakeland.

"Promoting environmental technologies and the green economy is an SLDC priority and we are delighted to support this offer, which will support more businesses to become increasingly energy efficient and environmentally aware."

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: "Businesses taking responsibility for their impact on the environment doesn't have to be at the expense of the bottom line. Working with the environment in mind can actually enhance a business’s viability, profitability and attraction to customers, clients and partners. These are uncertain times for many businesses but South Lakeland District Council is committed to doing all we can to support them – promoting this scheme and facilitating this subsidised offer is one part of that.”

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