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Support available for Sussex green businesses

Support available for Sussex green businesses

Support available for Sussex green businesses

One of the main challenges for many firms with eco-friendly ambitions when it comes to getting their plans off the ground is getting the funding to support their aims.

Regardless of how noble and innovative their ideas may be, the nature of the recovering economy means that acquiring the money needed to start such a venture can often be easier said than done.

However, the increasing emphasis being placed on the importance of green technology - both in terms of the positive business image it can create and the long-term savings that can be made as a result of its implementation - means that slowly but surely, more people are coming around to the logic of giving these organisations the helping hand they need.

At Aurora, for example, our green policies are such that we place a high priority on ensuring our services are as complementary to the environment as possible. From sourcing our paper products in a responsible manner to incorporating waste reduction schemes into our day-to-day running, we are keen to educate not only our staff but also our clients on the positive impact they too can make on supporting our planet's eco system.

We're not alone, either, as recently demonstrated by a new initiative soon to be launched in Sussex by the University of Brighton.

Five-year scheme

Next month (June 18th), the educational facility is set to launch a new plan to encourage such development, entitled the Green Growth Platform.

It's hoped the project - which will offer services including research and development support, one-to-one business coaching and tailored training - will act as a "catalyst for growth and innovation" for small and medium-sized enterprises in Sussex, where the university is based.

The Platform is being funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to the tune of around £3 million over a five-year period, indicating just how seriously local authorities are taking the issue of nurturing organisations with an eco-friendly edge.

Local businessman Michael Yeoman has been quick to praise the initiative, after his company South Downs Solar experienced first-hand the benefits of participating in a similar scheme led by the University of Brighton.

"This is an astute decision to help the environmentally-focused business sectors in Sussex as there is massive growth potential here," he commented. "I worked with the university to prove the concept for my new product, and create a prototype, so that I knew it would work before fully developing it."

Mr Yeoman's company has used the university's support to develop and energy-saving device known as Power Diverter, which enables building to maximise power generated through solar technology.

The facility has a history of working on similar projects, combining academic know-how and research with the application of business ventures to drive the latest green ideas.

Overall, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has contributed £50 million as part of a funding round aiming to get universities and organisations to work more closely for the benefit of the economy and - at times - the environment.

 

Posted by Jamie Kendall

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