The Manchester-based Business Growth Hub, which helps to support the growth of businesses in Greater Manchester, is celebrating after winning a prestigious national environmental award.
The organisation beat the National Trust and Environment Agency to Sustainability Impact of the Year at the ENDS Report Awards at a ceremony in London on Thursday 4 May.
The award recognises the role of the Business Growth Hub’s low carbon sector and environmental business advisors in supporting sustainable business in Greater Manchester.
The Hub’s environmental business advisors help companies to identify, quantify and implement environmental measures that cut costs, improve productivity and reduce emissions. This in turn stimulates demand for local suppliers of low carbon goods and services, such as energy efficient heating and lighting, and these businesses are supported by the Hub’s low carbon sector specialists.
The judges described the support as a “ground-breaking approach in driving forward the transition to a low carbon economy”.
Since January 2015, the project has helped SMEs achieve annually recurring savings of £2.2 million by improving environmental performance, as well as generating £7.3 million in sales for local companies in the low carbon sector.
Sam Nicholson, head of low carbon and manufacturing at the Hub, said: “We’re very proud to receive this award from such a respected organisation as ENDS, particularly as we were shortlisted alongside The National Trust for their renewable energy investment programme and the Environment Agency for their work to reduce supply chain emissions.
“This win speaks volumes about the strength of our environmental business support. We took on the challenge of creating and delivering an effective programme for Greater Manchester that aligned to the city’s climate change objectives and the economic development objectives of our public funders, while also helping SMEs seize the growth potential of a low carbon economy. The results we’ve achieved since 2015 demonstrate that we’ve done just that.
“We are completely unique in providing fully-funded, advisor-led business support that boosts both the supply of, and demand for, low carbon goods and services within a major city region and it’s great that this work has been recognised.”
For more information on Business Growth Hub’s environmental business support, click here.