A new national campaign by Planet Positive to offer all UK SMEs free sustainability advice began to work with the first companies last week. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign will enable SMEs to kick-start their sustainability programmes and experience the business benefits.
There are 4.5million small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, that’s 99% of all Britain’s enterprises. But when it comes to sustainability the benefits of being green are often being missed.
Steve Malkin, Planet Positive CEO says: “Our goal is to help SMEs experience the business benefits of sustainability, such as saving money, generating new business, engaging employees and, of course, being good for the planet. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is free and provides easy to follow steps to help business become more sustainable.”
The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is being supported by corporations who are at the forefront of sustainability such as Tesco, Boots, M&S and Deloitte. SMEs can register for the 7-day programme online on the campaign website www.7days2sustainability.com. The first SMEs started their 7-day Sustainability programme on Tuesday May 1st and SMEs will participate weekly thereafter for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Saving energy goes straight to the bottom line, helping businesses save money and increase competitiveness as well as cut carbon. Free help and advice, like the Planet Positive campaign is offering, helps to build businesses on sustainable foundations and reap all the benefits that energy efficiency has to offer.”
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