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Circular economy workshop series comes to Manchester

Businesses in the built environment supply chain are being invited to a free workshop on the benefits of adopting a circular economy business model, delivered by WRAP.

Businesses in the built environment supply chain are being invited to a free workshop on the benefits of adopting a circular economy business model, delivered by WRAP

The half-day workshop, to be held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester city centre on 25 February, is one of three sessions WRAP is hosting across the country. 

The workshops are designed to help businesses in the built environment supply chain to discover the competitive advantages of choosing a circular business model, whereby resources are minimised, kept in the production and consumption loop for as long as possible and recovered at end-of-life. 

Attendees will be able to hear from companies that have already adopted circular business models, learn how the concept could be applied to their particular business, and find out about the tools and resources available for support.

Funding opportunities

A representative from Innovate UK will also be available to provide information on its future funding competitions for circular economy innovation, predicted to be worth up to £6 million.

A new funding competition is already planned to open in March, with up to £800,000 available for feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing and maintenance. 

The EU-funded Resource Efficient Business Models (REBus) programme, led by WRAP, is also seeking to engage with a select group of 20 SMEs to apply circular thinking to their business models. 

Business leadership

Liz Goodwin, chief executive of WRAP, recently argued that businesses will continue to lead the way in the transition to a circular economy, despite policy delays at the European level.

“The ‘take, make, throw away’ model has to change”, she said.

“Given price volatility, shortages of supply, diminishing resources and increased pressure to act on sustainable business practices, only a circular business model will make businesses more resilient for the future. And many businesses do understand this.”

Places for the Manchester workshop are limited, and businesses must register by 5 February to be considered for a place. For more information, click here.