31st August 1999

 

GIVING GREEN ADVICE TO SMALL BUSINESS

 

Small businesses in North and North-East Lincolnshire are to be given help and advice on how to improve their environmental performance and save money.

 

Experts from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside have won a £145,000 grant from the European Development Fund to provide environmental advice and auditing services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the north of the county.

 

The project is the brainchild of the university’s EPICentre (Economic Development Partnership and Innovation Centre), based in Lincoln, and aims to help firms cut their emissions and streamline their use of resources by an average of ten per cent.

 

“SMEs are a major source of employment in the UK, but low staffing levels make small firms less likely to look at improving their environmental performance,” said David Grantham, an environmental consultant at the EPICentre. “Therefore SMEs tend not to be able to capitalise on the business benefits of improved environmental management.

 

“They quote various reasons for this, including ignorance of environmental law, lack of resources, ignorance of the help available to SMEs and lack of expertise within the company.

 

“To combat this we will be using face-to-face meetings to explain the benefits of improved environmental management and offering hands-on assistance to identify financial savings which can be made.”

 

Staff at the EPICentre hope to bring around 100 firms on board over the course of the two-year project, which will be launched tomorrow (1st September 1999). Firms in North and North-East Lincolnshire can apply through their local TEC or Business Link or by telephoning the EPICentre direct on 01522 886917.

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042