Unlocking SMEs potential towards Clean Growth and a Zero-Carbon Economy

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The Roundhouse, Derby College

Roundhouse Road

Pride Park

Derby

DE24 8JE

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Who is it for: Professionals that support the shift to a clean, sustainable and circular economy. In particular, this event is for represenatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships, Low Carbon Business support programmes, University Enterprise support teams, Local Councils and other supporting agencies and policy makers that shape policy direction and implementation towards clean growth and work directly with pro-environmental businesses.

Whilst our environmental challenges are daunting and the debate about the costs and benefits of a net zero target for the UK rage on, clean growth also presents enormous opportunity for business. Across the UK, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Universities, Business Growth Hubs and other supporting organisations are supporting firms to make the shift towards a sustainable economy and reap the business benefits of supplying pro-environmental goods and services.

In the East Midlands, the D2EE Low Carbon Project (ERDF funded) is a collaboration between University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County councils that provide energy efficiency grants, product R&D and business development support to SMEs across the region. Research by Derby Business School suggests that as many as 4 in 10 firms are supplying low carbon goods and services (LCEGS) and as many as 1 in 15 achieve more than 80% of their turnover from LCEGS; and this trend is increasing year on year. We are seeing niches of pro-environmental business activity are emerging in every sector.

Despite such a positive trend, there are indications that many SMEs do not recognise clean growth as a major growth opportunity. We are keen work with the policy and business community to help shift the nature and scope of enterprise support, to improve the environmental performance, sustainability orientation and financial success of SMEs both in the region and nationally.

Why attend?

The Centre for Business Improvement at the University of Derby and Low Carbon Business Network is hosting this event so individuals from projects and organisations that support the shift to clean growth across the UK can share key insights, in order to accelerate this shift. The event will include policy briefing on enterprise support towards improved environmental performance and sustainable development. Attendees will:

  • Contribute to a pre-event social media dialogue that shapes the event agenda

  • Have opportunity to share their own key insights

  • Learn from the successes of others

  • Reflect on challenges and how they have been overcome elsewhere in the country

  • Inform policy-business-universiy dialogue about the enterprise support towards clean growth

Please follow this link to contribute suggestions for the agenda, access the lessons learned by the D2N2 Low Carbon Business Network or share your own insights about what works.

Proposed agenda items include:

  • The role that data, evidence and research will play in making the shift to net-zero

  • Sector strategy and regional policy is being influenced and responding the clean growth challenge

  • Exploring attitudes of big investors and increasing trend towards carbon disclosure, reducing exposure to carbon costs and climate risks impacts upon SMEs

  • Collaborating around common purpose: ideas exchange from organisations of different levels and scales

  • In the face of our climate emergency what are the dangers of business / industry doing nothing and the advantages of acting now rather than later.

  • Identify clear action points – such as integrating the interests and support for pro-environmental SMEs with Local Industrial Strategy

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The Roundhouse, Derby College

Roundhouse Road

Pride Park

Derby

DE24 8JE

United Kingdom

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