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Green technologies: growing in Greater Manchester

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.

Forthcoming Masterclasses 

Building a resilient and agile business

12 October 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Marketing low carbon products and services

2 November 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Creating a high profile for a company in the low carbon sector

23 November 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Developing your sales technique for your low carbon sector business

7 December 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Building an effective sales engine for your low carbon sector business

11 January 2018, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Alternatively, you can attend a two-day course which covers the same content:

Day 1: 17 October 2017, 8:30am – 4.30pm

Day 2: 14 November 2017, 8.30am – 4.30pm


The Hub offers a range of specialist environmental services including eco-innovation, energy efficiency and low carbon sector support. Just Enquire and Grow to get started.

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Amy House

Amy House, Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency Lead

Amy has worked in the green technologies and services sector for over 10 years, both as a business adviser and a commercial manager in the recycling and waste industry. Bringing her extensive network of contacts and broad sector knowledge to the team, Amy specialises in helping green tech and services companies to identify new sales opportunities, raise their profile, and expand their network of contacts. Amy holds an MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction.