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Improving your environmental performance

The principle business support programme available in High Peak is the D2N2 Growth Hub. This offers a range of online toolkits, telephone and face-to-face advice to help entrepreneurs develop business ideas or support existing businesses to grow or address challenges.

The Growth Hub acts as a gateway to businesses wanting help to improve their environmental performance or get help develop or sell low carbon products or services. Tel: 0333 006 9178

Specific programmes to help you improve environmental performance or grow your green products and services

  • The D2 Energy Efficiency  project provides free energy audits and support for SMEs across Derbyshire. The scheme is delivered by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and University of Derby with the Councils delivering energy audits, and support to access any appropriate grants. 
  • The  Low Carbon Business Network is a project delivered by the University of Derby to support SMEs who supply low carbon environmental goods and services. It has aimed to raise small businesses visibility and boost demand for their products and services, support on low carbon product research as well as offer free on-line courses to gain green accreditation. The main ERDF scheme which delivered bespoke business support has now completed, but a new project is due to start in the autumn, subject to confirmation of funding. The online courses are still available and businesses can still join the business network to ensure they are up to date with latest news.
  • The  Good Life Energy Team offers free and impartial advice to businesses to review your existing energy charges and find the best tariffs to suit your business needs (includes gas, electricity, water, oil & LPG, including resolution of disputes and review of any levy charges). The scheme is managed by South Staffordshire Council but is open to all businesses throughout the country and has helped firms save 70% on renewal offers. Freephone 03333 058 671.
  • The National Farmer Union provides Energy Advice for Farmers to help you find best energy deals, technical advice on renewables and efficiency guidance. They also have a buying group with discounts for members. Contact info@nfu.co.uk
  • The Clean Air day campaign has produced a range of free resources for workplaces and community groups relevant to improving air quality. 
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (ECS) for businesses to purchase and install new workplace charging stations to allow companies to move towards electric fleets or support workforce with electric vehicles.
  • The Council now offers a Business waste recycling service covering glass, plastic, cartons, food tints, aerosols, paper and cardboard. This is a pay-for service with a range of container sizes on offer.

There are a number of funds for business which can support renewables or investment in equipment which will be cleaner and more productive. Please see our business funding pages or to keep up to date will all the latest business news, funds and support, subscribe to our Business newsletter