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Improving your environmental performance

The Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub  is the principle business support programme available in Staffordshire Moorlands. This offers a range of online toolkits, telephone and face-to-face advice to help entrepreneurs develop business ideas or support existing businesses to grow or address challenges.

The Growth Hub acts as a gateway to businesses wanting help to improve their environmental performance or get help develop or sell low carbon products or services. Tel: 0300 111 8002

Specific programmes to help you improve environmental performance or grow your green products and services

The Staffordshire Business & Environment network  (SBEN) raises business awareness through seminars and environmental training as well as practical advice on developing and implementing environmental policies as well as providing examples of good practice such as guidance on electric vehicles.

SBEN membership which is currently free to small and medium sized enterprises enables businesses to access their free to use carbon tracker . The online carbon foot printing and reporting tool funded by Staffordshire County Council, enables Staffordshire organisations to measure carbon emissions from their energy use, fuel use, travel, water consumption and energy generation. 

Businesses can also access the SBEN Environmental Sustainability GROWTHmapper a useful tool for business to identify their strengths and weaknesses on sustainability and develop a focused strategy for improvement. PLEASE NOTE: This scheme closes in February 2023, the deadline for applications is 3rd February, 2023.

The Clean Growth Fund provides funding for companies developing green technology across a wide range of sectors, including transport, waste and building energy efficiency

The National Farmer Union provides Energy Advice for Farmers to help find best energy deals, technical advice on renewables and efficiency guidance. They also have a buying group with discounts for members. 

The Clean Air Day Campaign has produced a range of free resources for workplaces and community groups relevant to improving air quality. 

The Workplace charging scheme provides funding for businesses to purchase and install new workplace charging stations to allow companies to move towards electric fleets or support workforce with electric vehicles.

Echo Stars is a commercial vehicle support service to help reduce fuel consumption by developing bespoke operational efficiency, fuel management, driver skills development and ideas to improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions. It also provides recognition for best practice and star ratings for individual vehicles and the fleet as a whole covering all operators of HGVs, buses, coaches, vans and taxis in the Moorlands. Tel  01344 770700

The Council now offers a Business waste and recycling service covering glass, plastic, cartons, food tints, aerosols, paper and cardboard. This is a pay-for service with a range of container sizes on offer.

There are a number of funds for business which can support renewables or investment in equipment which will be cleaner and more productive. Please see our business funding pages or to keep up to date will all the latest business news, funds and support, subscribe to Our business newsletter