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Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub – the decarbonisation journey for small enterprises!

Small, medium-sized and social enterprises in Westmorland and Furness can now access substantial support in their journey towards sustainability and decarbonisation.

The Westmorland and Furness Green Enterprise Hub launched in November with a funding boost of £571, 359 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, bringing together business leaders and sustainability experts with a wide range of specialisms from across the area to offer support, advice, and grants.

Almost six months on and the Hub has supported over 138 businesses, held 10 events, and developed 46 decarbonisation plans. The organisations supported represent the breadth of sectors in the area, including arts, tourism, farming, food & beverage, construction, health and sports, as well as motor trades and charities. Some of these inspiring enterprises are at the start of their sustainability journey whilst others have put sustainability at the heart of their organisations.

Support can come in a different forms:

    • connecting business working towards sustainability
    • energy advice visits which offer impartial expertise to make informed choices
    • renewables advice to identify which low carbon energy sources would be the best fit
    • Carbon audits to give you the data you need
    • Advice about electric vehicles and charging systems
    • Low carbon food waste programs which offer free advice on food waster reduction

The Hub is also able to share it’s learning through case studies from businesses making a positive impact, hoping to inspire others to reap the benefits of becoming more sustainable. You can find case studies from organisations such as Art Gene, Fell Brewery and  CanDO FM here.

Zoe Hebblethwaite, Project Manager and Adviser for Business Decarbonisation at CAfS, tells us, “The first six months of the Green Enterprise Hub have been an inspiring experience – we have offered support to a wide rane of organisations, at all stages of the journey towards sustainability. The most valuable aspects for businesses have been access to truly impartial advice, connections to other businesses working towards the same goals and support changing the way they are currently working, which we know is not easy.”

The next events fromt he Hub are free sessions that share expertise and inspiration for local businesses and enterprises with a ‘Skill Swap and Ask the Experts’ session in Kendal on 11 June, and a tour of the exciting low energy retrofit of the Full of Noises venue in Barrow, on 25 June. You can find out more here.


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