One effect that lockdown has had is a dramatic improvement in air quality and re-connection of people to nature. It has also created new partnerships across residents, the 3rd sector and business, who have worked quickly and flexibly together in a short space of time, and who want to build on these changes.
Invest in Bath are working with local stakeholder groups, businesses and the 3rd sector to support a greener reopening, support bike to work schemes and help free Bath and North East Somerset from single-use plastic.
Plastic Free Pledge
Bath and North East Somerset Council are aiming to achieve 'Plastic Free Communities' status for the area and need businesses, organisations, schools, clubs and community groups to join us in taking action to reduce excessive and unnecessary single-use plastics.
Please pledge to take positive action.
Green Business Grants
A new grant round will open early 2021. You will be able to apply for up to £15,000 per business to pay for 40% of the eligible capital costs. A free Decarbonisation Plan will be provided to help you. Full details of how to apply will be available on the WECA webpage when the grant is launched. If you would like to register your interest, first check whether you are likely to be eligible using the list below and then leave your contact details here.This is a grant up to £15k for SMEs. The grant window will run until the end of June.
Free Bike Stands
Life Cycle UK provide free, secure cycle stands to small businesses and community organisations, thanks to funding from your local authority. Installing cycle parking is a great way to give back to your local community whilst driving footfall to your premises. To apply for your free Sheffield stands through our Take a Stand® scheme, fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs. Before applying we advise you check your eligibility and make sure your premises are suitable for cycle stands. For more information, visit www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/free-cycle-parking
Bath’s Clean Air Zone
(CAZ) starts on 15 March 2021. From this date, you may have to pay a daily charge to drive in the zone if your vehicle does not meet required emission standards. Please check whether your vehicle will be charged in a clean air zone at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone. All you need is your vehicle registration number.
You can find out everything you need to know about Bath’s CAZ on the Bath and North East Council pages- https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-clean-air-zone This includes local exemptions and a financial assistance scheme to help those regularly affected by charges to upgrade their vehicles.
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The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub offers bespoke business support and coaching to help innovative companies in the West of England achieve their potential. The support is FREE and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme is open to growth businesses in all sectors who are interested in developing low carbon or sustainable technologies.
Business acceleration is tailored, so it could be about engaging a consultant, building a team, working with an expert to build a pitch, or developing cutting edge technologies with researchers at the University of Bath.
The project has two distinct programmes of business support available; Entrepreneur’s Programme and Business Acceleration. Eligibility will depend on the stage that you are at with your business and the size of your company.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is highlighting the ways businesses can make food more accessible for residents, help reduce food waste and help reduce the district’s carbon footprint. Over 270,000 tonnes of edible food are thrown away each year in the South West and this surplus could be redistributed to people who need it, helping people make their budget go further and contribute to reducing food waste
B&NES businesses are being given the opportunity to get listed on the global app Too Good to Go with the first year's administration fee waived. This popular app helps businesses connect with customers they don't normally reach, recover costs for food that would have otherwise been left unsold and show their commitment to helping the environment. More than 50,000 people have used the app in the south west to save food from being binned. To sign up click on this link and someone from the Too Good to Go team will be in touch.
The B&NES food finder is a joint campaign with 3SG that highlights local businesses providing food delivery, hot meals and takeaway services to Bath and North East Somerset residents during the lockdown period.
Affordable Food outlets including food banks, food pantries and clubs, community fridges, larders and cafes are also listed in the food finder. Businesses can find their nearest project and find out how to best offer support.
Businesses and community organisations can also join in celebrating Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘Food Waste Action week’. Running from March 1 to March 7 2021, the week helps raise awareness of the impact that wasting food has on the planet. For lots of great tips to on how to reduce food waste, including food hacks and tips to help you keep your food fresher for longer, please visit our website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recyclemore or our Facebook page @RecycleForBathnes
If you would like more information or advice on how your business can redirect your surplus food and how to get involved in community food projects please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Futureproof project is aimed at homeowners and builders seeking to carry out energy saving refurbishments with confidence
Their new Futureproof Skills & Certification package is a programme aimed at builders and contractors that offers a route for SME contractors to access Green Homes Grant voucher scheme work through greatly subsidised training and PAS2030 certification.
The Centre of sustainable energy are offering 100 funded places to businesses wishing to undertake retrofit training, certify in PAS2030 and become Trustmark registered. These are essential requirements for contractors to access Green Homes Grant voucher scheme and ECO funded works. An additional 200 training places are available for contractors from the same company and there are a further 50 discounted training places for contractors who are currently unemployed.