The global market for green technologies and services is estimated to be worth more than £3.4 trillion and growing, and this is a trend we're experiencing – on a smaller scale, of course – across Greater Manchester.
Within our region alone, there are currently around 2,000 companies operating within this sector, providing a range of different goods and services across:
- energy efficiency
- renewable and low carbon energy
- waste management treatment and recycling
- water management
- low carbon finance
- low emission vehicles and infrastructure
- environmental monitoring and management
- smart grids.
At last count, these companies employ 38,000 people and have a collective annual turnover of £5.4 billion, equating to a growth rate of approximately 5% a year.
New 'state of the sector' data forthcoming
However, the Business Growth Hub has recently commissioned research into the latest state of the sector in Greater Manchester, through a mapping study, and we look forward to announcing the latest figures within the next couple of months. We can only anticipate that the research will further demonstrate a sector that is thriving: growing in terms of size and prominence; and a sector that is resilient and increasing in importance as we continue our transition to a low carbon economy.
Tailored, funded support from Business Growth Hub
Our funded support services are designed to help companies take advantage of these rapidly growing low carbon markets and to ensure that the sector remains one of Greater Manchester’s key priority growth areas, high on the region’s agenda.
Our advisors’ specialist knowledge of the sector will help you create your business strategy, develop new products, and equip you with the market intelligence you need to boost sales and business development. Our support is usually one-to-one, but you can also join our Low Carbon Network that currently boasts over 200 members, all of whom enjoy targeted sales opportunities and connections to other members.
We have also devised a programme of masterclasses tailored to the interests of businesses in the sector. Designed to suit leaders, owners and managers of busy, small companies working in or supplying to the green technologies and services sector, the masterclasses will give you the tools you need to survive the rapidly changing market conditions and grow your business, offering practical advice, case studies and take-home tools which can be implemented immediately.
Building a resilient and agile business
Marketing low carbon products and services
Creating a high profile for a company in the low carbon sector
Developing your sales technique for your low carbon sector business
Building an effective sales engine for your low carbon sector business
Alternatively, you can attend a two-day course which covers the same content: