Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub has been recognised in the annual Rushlight Awards, which celebrate organisations at the forefront of environmental innovation and best practice.
The service, which is built on the internationally-recognised ENWORKS service, was commended in the Sustainability Initiative category for its unique, one-to-one approach to embedding sustainability in businesses.
By helping SMEs to improve resource efficiency by reducing their use of energy, water and materials, and connecting these opportunities with local suppliers through its low carbon sector development programme, the Hub’s Green Growth service creates a double benefit for the Greater Manchester economy.
The team was one of just a handful of entrants across the 30 award categories to be officially commended.
The judges, which included leading experts from academia, government bodies and industry, were impressed by figures which showed that, over the last two years, the support delivered by the team has is helping businesses to save £2.3 million a year.
In turn, this is saving over 6,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, nearly 10,000 cubic metres of water and over 200 tonnes of materials.
At the same time, the support has helped companies to create more than 40 jobs and safeguard over 100 more, as well as win new sales worth £9 million.
“Our support has enabled SMEs to save valuable natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, explained Richard Ousey, Green Growth manager at the Business Growth Hub.
“The cost savings achieved go straight to the business’s bottom line, helping to reduce operational costs and improve competitiveness.
“These benefits have knock-on impacts – helping businesses to improve resilience and safeguard and create new jobs – while our thriving Low Carbon Network of suppliers is helping to grow Greater Manchester’s green economy by connecting opportunities with local supply.”
To find out more about the Green Growth service, visit the website.