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Small business hub: Sustainability tips and advice

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No matter how small your business is, being more environmentally friendly can be beneficial to your long-term success, as well as your bottom line. By committing to going green, you’ll be future proofing your business and doing your bit to tackle the climate crisis.

Here, you’ll find the resources you need to help you on your net zero journey.

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Green grants: A list of sustainable funding opportunities

There are several organisations across the UK offering financial support, incentives and loans to businesses taking steps to become more eco-friendly.

We've compiled a list of those organisations to help your small business on the road to net zero.

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A small business guide to electric vehicles (EV)

Business owners might have more things to consider than the average driver when it comes to transitioning to EVs. Whether your business has one vehicle or an entire fleet, you’ll need to think about the nature of your work and your local authority’s policies.

This guide explains everything business owners need to know about electric vehicles.

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Free carbon footprint calculator

Knowing what emissions you’re producing, and where you’re producing them, can be complex. If you’re serious about going on a journey to reduce your emissions, it’s important to understand what your carbon footprint looks like right now.

Our carbon footprint calculator is free to download and easy to use.

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Presenting your carbon footprint calculator results

After filling out the carbon footprint calculator, you don’t want to just leave the results sitting in a spreadsheet.

We've created a free presentation template to help you showcase your business's carbon footprint calculator results.

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Five ways to save energy when running a business from home

Working from home can have an impact on your energy usage, but thankfully, there are some simple changes you can make to help lower your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills.

If you work or run a business from home, read this article for practical energy efficiency tips.

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How Crystal Doors unlocked the key to sustainability success

As well as powering the Crystal Doors’ Rochdale factory with 100% renewable electricity, Richard Hagan has introduced several green initiatives and sustainable technologies.

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How to make your small business more sustainable

Being sustainable is good for business. It makes you more attractive to employees and investors and can also save you money in the long term. And the good thing is, becoming a sustainable business might not be as difficult or expensive as you think.

Here, we explain what a sustainable business is and offer some tips and advice to help your small business become more sustainable.

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What is net zero? A small business guide

The term net zero means achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere and those taken out.

Read the full article to find out more about net zero and the steps you can take to become a net zero company.

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What does COP26 mean for small businesses?

As proud partners of COP26, SSE’s Director of Business Energy, Aled Humphreys, explains why small businesses should respond to the urgency of the climate crisis and shares some insight into what COP26 means for small businesses.

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Prickly Thistle – Powering a tartan revolution

Entrepreneur and founder of Prickly Thistle, Clare Campbell, explains why the business's sustainability credentials is thier best marketing tool.

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Five ways to show you’re cutting carbon for net zero

At SSE Energy Solutions, we’re committed to helping you decarbonise your business for net zero. Here, Managing Director Nikki Flankers shares practical advice that can help you prove you’re making a difference.

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What lockdown taught us about energy consumption

The coronavirus lockdowns brought significant environmental benefits, including lower air pollution and cleaner waterways.

But can these positive trends be sustained as the country unlocks and the economy recovers?

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The Warren – from farm to fork: renewable energy

Deri Reed opened his Carmarthen café and restaurant in 2016 with strong sustainable and ethical goals. find out what the business owner does to ensure The Warren's carbon footprint is as low as possible.

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