Small Businesses Go Green to Boost their Bottom Line

…but see tax and red tape as barriers to environmentalism Small businesses believe going green can boost their bottom line – but see tax and red tape as major barriers to becoming more environmentally friendly, according to Forum of Private Business research. Just 10% of business owners responding to the Forum’s latest environmental panel survey have done nothing to reduce steep utilities costs while 41% have streamlined business processes, 28% have reduced energy usage and the same number have embraced more energy efficient equipment. While 77% of respondents disagree that being green is impossible in the present economic climate 52% argue that green taxes inhibit their ability to invest in reducing energy use and 75% believe that environmental legislation focuses on the... »

Green and Ethical Month Supports Socially Conscious SMEs

Green and Ethical Month Supports Socially Conscious SMEs

Socially conscious small firms can get advice on issues from sustainability to accessing ethical finance, following the launch of the British Library’s Green and Ethical Month. A series of seminars, workshops and drop-in sessions will take place throughout May, led by successful green and ethical entrepreneurs, such as clean technology law firm Keystone Law. There is a charge for most events, which include: 11 May:The cutting edge of green — introducing the trends and opportunities for green and ethical businesses 13 May:Legal milestones for green and ethical businesses — focusing on the financial, commercial and Intellectual Property laws that most ethical firms will face 27 May:Starting a social enterprise — helping social entrepreneurs find the best structure for... »

Green Small Businesses Offered EU Grants

Green Small Businesses Offered EU Grants

Small business owners needing cash to get their ideas for green products and services off the ground can now apply for the European Commission’s new €35 million eco-innovation fund. The fund is part of the EU’s Eco-Innovation scheme, which is now in its second year. Funding is available for new projects within the following areas: recycling sustainable building products food and drink green business practices. Grants for up to 50% of the total project cost are available and applications from small and medium-sized firms are “particularly welcomed”.   “In the past, we have seen a highly enthusiastic response to our call for funding, with many high quality applications,” said Patrick Lambert, Director of the Executive Agency for Competitiven... »

EST pushes UK business drivers to go green

Energy Savings Trust says: business drivers go green

Nearly half of work motorists are driving the green agenda Think of the average company car driver and you probably don’t think of someone doing their bit for the environment. But all those business trips create large amounts of carbon dioxide: in fact, 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions is emitted by 3 million company cars in the UK each year. But a new study released today shows that, surprisingly, it’s business drivers themselves who are now driving the green agenda. A new survey by the Energy Saving Trust provides a comprehensive insight into the motivational makeup of company car drivers, revealing ‘Responsible Roadies’ and ‘Eco Drivers’ – who are both interested in making environmentally friendly choices – and now make up 46%... »

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Motoring – Ten Tips for Greener Fleet Management

There are a lot of ways for making your fleet greener. Not only is this better for the environment, but cost effective for you as a business. It’s all about the bigger picture for businesses today. Commitment to your social and environmental impact is more important than ever. Through greener fleet management, you can be kinder to the environment, earn brownie points for “doing your bit” and make savings that ultimately improve your bottom line. Below are our top ten tips to a greener way of managing your fleet. Promote cars with low CO2 emissions to reduce employee car tax and National Insurance. Evaluate alternative fuel cars to see if they might benefit your fleet. Ensure vehicles are regularly serviced – poorly maintained vehicles have higher toxic emissions and... »