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The latest environmental news for Small Businesses (SMEs), from green technologies to SME business resources, investment and funding, to regulations for small businesses.

Energy efficiency: small businesses need more help and incentives to go green

Rising energy costs are barrier to growth for most small businesses, so why aren't they getting more help and support from Government and energy companies to go green, asks Mike Cherry is Federation of Small Businesses national policy chairman.

Renewable energy toolkit for SMEs launches

A renewable energy toolkit has launched to help small businesses benefit from the "significant opportunities" presented by the demand for green technologies in the UK's low carbon built environment supply chain.

Community green energy projects blocked by FCA

The future of community-owned green energy projects that Ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the 'Big Six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.

First PPA price comparison site for renewable energy generators goes live

The first online price comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) has launched, claiming it could earn independent renewable energy generators up to 20 per cent more for their electricity by creating an open market for green energy.

WRAP on lookout for SMEs with circular economy business ideas

A €3.1 million (£2.45 million) EU-funded circular economy programme has put a call out for small companies looking to develop profitable new business models.

Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores

A UK company that has developed a ground-breaking 'heat recycling’ technology is embarking on a major rollout of its innovative system across Sainsbury’s stores.

Circular economy: the rise of repair cafés and hackerspaces

A new breed of collectives is spearheading a "repair revolution" and opening up new opportunities for small businesses, reports Thomas McMullan.

Businesses should be incentivised to protect themselves against flooding, climate watchdog says

Incentives for businesses to make their properties more resilient to flooding has been recommended by a new report by the Government's climate change advisor.

Oxford City Council signs pioneering investment deal with renewable energy firm

A pioneering local green energy partnership will see over £2 million go towards community-owned renewable projects in Oxford.

£5,000 savings up for grabs for SMEs that take action on resource management

Savings of "at least £5,000 a year" are up for grabs by small businesses that learn how to turn their waste into useful resources, according to a new study by professional body the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

SME energy efficiency finance fund gets Green Investment Bank funding boost

Small businesses looking to cut the cost of doing business will from today be able to access £2 million of additional energy efficiency finance following a deal struck between the Green Investment Bank and renewable energy finance specialist ReEnergise.

Green team: six-bed Snowdonia guesthouse scoops top green hotelier award

A small, six bedroom guesthouse nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia has beaten the odds to win a prestigious award taken last year by the luxury Savoy Hotel.

From coal mine to wind farm: how the Oakdale onshore wind project is connecting to business growth

Just as a rail-road brings growth to communities, the Caerphilly County Borough Council in Wales has high hopes that two new wind turbines built on a former colliery – now a business park – will bring jobs and growth to the area. Thomas McMullan reports.

More than half of arts sector is benefiting financially from going green

More than 50 per cent of arts businesses organisations have experienced financial benefits as a result of action towards environmental sustainability, a major new survey into the attitudes towards environmental sustainability within the sector has revealed.

Plastic bag charge for England confirmed in Queen's Speech

Plans to introduce a five pence charge on plastic bags in England were cemented today as part of the Queen’s Speech.


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