Green Business Network
Welcome to the home page of the Green Business Network (GBN). GBN is an independent, business-led, membership-based local environmental charity working with businesses, and related organisations in Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and neighbouring areas.
The organisation is led by a Steering Group and Board of Trustees from local business, supported by representatives from Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, the Environment Agency and the Chamber.
GBN is a leading business environmental network and provides a range of services to help members improve their environmental performance. Much of that support is either part- or fully-funded through Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils. This enables GBN to provide an extremely cost-effective, impartial service to members.
The strength of GBN is in its membership. Managers from a variety of business sectors and business sizes, each with a range of experience and skills, work together to help each other exchange information, adopt best practice and make savings by taking advantage of free services and training.
A growing number of businesses are finding that improving their environmental performance is leading to surprising benefits. In addition to legal compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement, these include reduced waste, lower utility bills, better processes, improvements in PR and increased profits.
GBN is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Sustainable Business Partnership (BLSBP) and works in partnership with a range of projects and organisations to ensure members achieve the very best support available. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Network and to helping you become a truly sustainable business.
GBN has teamed up with fellow charity Wise Recycling to promote recycling of your toner and ink cartridges. For every cartridge you recycle with Wise, or any products you buy, GBN receives a donation. To find out more, click on the GBN logo on the left.
Carbon Trust and Bedford Borough Council offer free energy saving workshop for SMEs
Details of grant funding also to be unveiledThe Carbon Trust, supported by Bedford Borough Council and GBN, is to hold a workshop on saving energy in your business on 4th October in Bedford.
For the next two years, the Carbon Trust is providing an attractive and accessible support package to help small and medium sized companies in England identify energy saving opportunities and install energy efficient equipment in their business.
As part of this initiative the Carbon Trust is running a series of workshops to help businesses learn more about the Green Business Fund and work out how to identify and implement the energy saving opportunities available to them.
The Bedfordshire workshop will be held at Kings House – Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ. Places are offered on a first come first served basis. For more information or to register your attendance for the workshop please visit: https://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/events/2016/09/green-business-fund-sme-workshops/Other service offerings as part of the Green Business Fund include:
A financial contribution towards your energy saving equipment
From June 2016 The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering up to £10,000* to Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) for projects that comply with the requirements of the fund.
Energy opportunity assessment
The Carbon Trust is offering funded energy saving opportunity assessments to SMEs to help identify energy savings and equipment you could install to achieve these savings. A Carbon Trust expert will visit your site and provide you with an energy saving opportunity assessment report as part of the funded offer.
Implementation supportThe Carbon Trust will help you to find equipment suppliers who can provide detailed quotes and who have a track record of delivering energy saving projects.
How to find out more and make an application
To discuss how your business could benefit from the support on offer, or if you have any questions about the Green Business Fund, please visit www.carbontrust.com/greenbusiness, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7832 4773 to speak to one of The Carbon Trust's advisors.
*Limited Offer. Terms and Conditions do apply. Excludes Northern Ireland. See website for details.