Sustain Lincolnshire 2

The SUSTAIN project is a partnership between the University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council which aims to support Lincolnshire’s Food and Engineering businesses. The project is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and builds on the success of an earlier Sustain project. The SUSTAIN Lincolnshire 2 project aims to achieve sustainable growth among small to medium-sized businesses by increasing the awareness of resource efficiency techniques and their benefits, while eliminating waste from county supply chains. The project also seeks to host workshops and master classes to demonstrate resource-efficient or renewable technologies, in addition to reducing the carbon footprint of Lincolnshire companies and increasing the number of businesses accredited to ISO14001 or equivalent.The project offers:

  • One to one business advice on resource efficiency and signposting to environmental auditing services undertaken by Peterborough Environmental City Trust who are also partners in the project  
  • Practical support to help companies find new ways of doing things with access to the University’s resources available to trial and test new ideas for manufacturing improvement or product and packaging innovation to reduce waste  
  • Networking events to raise awareness of new technologies and help businesses share common resource issues and identify opportunities for re-using waste streams within and between companies (circular economy)
  • Access to research and innovation to support sustainable business practice
  • Signposting of additional source of funding for example:
  • An equipment loan service to small businesses to support trials. Portable equipment can be hired for on-site use and larger pieces of equipment can be accessed at NCFM - List of available equipment

On hearing that Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln had been successful in securing funding for the SUSTAIN Lincolnshire 2 project, Professor Val Braybrooks MBE, Dean of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln, added: "SUSTAIN has provided many small businesses the opportunity to work with the university to excel through waste reduction. As a result, we have seen some outstanding examples of how innovation, technology take-up and collaboration can transform businesses and provide a platform for sustainable business practice and growth. 

"Several businesses advanced their innovation agenda with the support of the project and successful grant applications to the Technology Strategy Board. It's great to see small companies gain the confidence to apply for funding, and we are delighted that we now have the opportunity to help more businesses, in addition to further enhance Lincolnshire's credentials as a pioneer of collaborative working in support waste reduction." 

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at LCC, said: "Over the last few years, we've helped local businesses save hundreds of thousands of pounds, and, thanks to this additional funding, that good work will continue’’.  

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT
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