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Half of small firms predict electric fleets within 10 years

6 Mar 2019 09:41

A global survey of small businesses has revealed a strong and growing demand for fully-electric fleets among even the smallest companies. The survey, commissioned by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive alliance, looked at the future of urban logistics among small business owners and logis… View

Six community energy projects get backing

6 Mar 2019 09:36

Electricity North West has awarded £71,000 to community energy initiatives across Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, from community-owned hydropower to ‘Eco Warrior’ children. The grant funding follows the launch of the network operator’s Community Energy Strategy in 2018, which set out… View

Start-up wins share of £400k waste crime funding

6 Mar 2019 09:33

Five UK companies have been awarded up to £80,000 to develop innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenge of tracking waste, including a Manchester-based tech start-up. The UK generates more than 200 million tonnes of waste a year, with individual waste transactions estimated at a… View

Networking the key for Bolton LED experts

6 Mar 2019 09:26

Bri-Tek Technologies is crediting GC Business Growth Hub’s Low Carbon Network for a string of contract awards, including an office lighting upgrade in Trafford which achieved 70 per cent energy savings. Bri-Tek Technologies is an LED lighting, infrared heating and emergency lighting company, o… View

Watch out for Brexit energy hikes, says consultancy

6 Mar 2019 09:16

North West businesses need to act quickly to secure their energy prices amid concerns that Brexit could increase bills, according to a Manchester-based consultancy. Switch My Business, an energy switching service, believes that there is mounting evidence that energy prices could become increas… View

Government sets out new recycling and packaging tax plans

20 Feb 2019 09:23

The government has launched a series of consultations to overhaul the waste system, including its new tax on plastic packaging and improved producer responsibility and business recycling systems. The consultations follow on from the launch of the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, rele… View

Manchester IT recycler wins ethical award

20 Feb 2019 09:21

Manchester-based SE Recycling has been crowned Ethical-Green Business of the Year in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) North West Celebrating Small Business Awards. SE Recycling (SER) was recognised for its continuous work towards creating a sustainable and ethical environment through I… View

‘Digitisation’ can cut energy use by a quarter

20 Feb 2019 09:19

Energy management giant Schneider Electric says its own customer projects show that harnessing certain digital technologies can slash energy bills and boost productivity by up to 50 per cent. Schneider Electric, which provides energy management and automation services, studied 230 customers p… View

Flood experience inspires Bury firm’s green innovation

20 Feb 2019 09:17

After being caught up in the 2015 Boxing Day floods, a property developer in Bury has established a new business to manufacture unique flood defence products made of 100 per cent recycled plastic. Rechip Flood Defence was set up in 2018 by Andrew Chaytow, managing director of property develop… View

Beyond LED lighting: Greater Manchester’s natural capital

20 Feb 2019 09:12

Greater Manchester is developing an UK-first plan to attract investment in the city region’s natural environment, which provides nearly £900 million in economic and social benefits each year. Unveiled at a special event in Manchester in February, the Natural Capital Investment Plan sets out a rang… View