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The Retrofit Summit is a one-day policy conference dedicated to the refurbishmentand energy efficient retrofit of existing buildings.
The Summit builds on the success of last year’s Retro Expo, which took place over three days at the NEC and attracted over 3500 clients, specifiers and installers – making the show the UK’s leading event dedicated to refurbishment and retrofit. In response to industry feedback, this year we have introduced a suite of 12 regional Retrofit Roadshows which will shine a spotlight on the low carbon building refurbishment and retrofit opportunities on a region by region basis across the UK. Hosted by some of the UK’s largest cities and in partnership with key local stakeholders, they provide affordable and effective access to the key players who are seeking innovations and solutions that can make retrofit scalable and effective across the domestic and commercial sectors. Read more.
Businesses and organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire are invited to a Consultation Event about the European Structural Investment Fund Strategy. Read more.
This workshop is based on practical sessions using examples that would allow you to apply different business tools relevant for your own business.
Attendees will be asked to practice these new skills before the following session and to bring these back and ask relevant questions. Read more.
The Transformation for Growth Project is part-financed by the West Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme (ERDF) 2007-2013. The total award is £479,276.
Are you a small medium enterprise in the West Midlands with the ambition to grow?
Benefits of Being Involved
- Receive a business review followed by recommendations and between 2 to 27 days of assistance until June 2015 – ALL FREE OF CHARGE
- Gain access to evidence-based and unique transformation toolsets and processes
- Be able to utilise our network of experts (Aston faculty and proven professionals)
- We are not a consultancy, we work with you to enable you to make business changes now and in the future without reliance on other organisations
Utilising a set of transformation toolkits, the Project will act as a catalyst for SMEs in the West Midlands to identify and implement strategies for transformation and growth. We will:
- Help you grow your revenue, profitability, efficiency and other indicators relevant to your business
- Share good practice during the Project via workshops and social media (using a regular e-zine, website updates and short videos)
Project Lead – Dr. Michael Butler
Michael has a track record in successful transformation, founding and directing The TRANSFORMATION Project (http://www.thetransformationproject.co.uk/). His research has improved performance and received national recognition from the prestigious CMI and ESRC. Aston Business School is partnering with Birmingham City Council’s CHAMPS2 team.
Places on the project are limited. If you are interested in becoming a beneficiary please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and briefly tell us about your business, your growth ambitions and any barriers to your growth.
To qualify as an SME you must have less than 250 employees and either £42m annual turnover or £36m balance sheet.
EU Funding available for innovative businesses within the West Midlands
Carbon³IT in conjunction with the European Union and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd, are able to offer 50% grant funding for consultancy costs around the implementation and use of innovative technology to help your business reduce outgoing costs, be more productive and expand in the future.
Carbon³IT who are based in Warwick, were formed in 2009 with the idea to provide green IT consultancy using sustainable IT products and services. John Booth, Senior Consultant, recognises the importance of sustainable & green IT and is motivated to find savings around both energy use and using IT to improve the efficiency of the business.
Coventry University Enterprises Ltd are administering a scheme on behalf of the EU which gives SME’s access to up to 10 days consultancy funding at 50% of cost to enable them to better utilise innovative technology within their businesses. This could be as straight forward as when looking to replace technology in house, using a company like Carbon³IT to advise on the sorts of technology available and to help project manage roll outs; or be more complex in terms of utilising energy management software across your IT base or doing usability testing on your website to ensure it is effective for your customers needs.
“After winning the Technology and Innovation Futures contract offered from Coventry University back in September 2013, we are looking to recruit local businesses with a base inside the West Midlands who would like to benefit from the funding offered and who are also interested in working with Carbon³IT to provide them with an assessment of what opportunities they have for taking cost out of the business, potentially improve their product offering and increase their capacity for new work in a competitive market.”
John Booth, Senior Consultant, Carbon³IT Ltd
John set up his company five years ago and has been working with leading standards development authorities to advise on new standards as well as focussing on the sustainable practices within the data centre industry. There are a range of practices that can be implemented by smaller organisations that can for example; significantly reduce energy costs, which as we see energy price hikes on the horizon again and threats of power cuts over winter months is starting to become critical in business planning.
If you would like to talk through this opportunity please call us on 01926 840342 or come and join our mailing list at http://www.carbon3it.com/ to request more information.
Press Contact Info
John Booth: John.Booth@carbon3it.com
Coventry University Enterprises Ltd: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/business/coventry-university-group/coventry-university-enterprises-limited/
Technology and Innovation Futures West Midlands: www.tifwm.co.uk/
Dear Green Business Club,
Please find below information which may be of interest to your members.
The Governments Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) are funding support to clients of Facilities Management (FM) services to deliver efficiency savings.
Over the past 18 months WRAP has worked with 30 clients of FM services to deliver cost and resource efficiency savings through the procurement of FM contracts. To date this support has resulted in WRAP supported 38 contracts, including catering, waste management, maintenance, furniture, and Total FM contracts. To date the estimated impact (based on data for those supported) over the life of the contracts will be ~44,000 tonnes of waste prevented, ~13.5 million kwh of energy saved, ~15,000m3 of water saved, with total savings in the order of £20 million.
Opportunity in brief
WRAP are currently delivering support to help clients of facilities management services improve the efficiency of contracts being tendered or in development, to deliver resource efficiency savings through the lifecycle of a contract. The project is being fully funded by WRAP. SKM Enviros have been appointed as WRAP’s consultants to deliver this support.
WRAP is an independent organisation, funded by the four governments in the UK. http://www.wrap.org.uk/ Since around 2000, WRAP have been working with the public sector and industry to drive and deliver resource efficiency savings, with particular involvement in sectors including construction, facilities management, and retail.
WRAP FM Toolkit
Facilities Management is identified in WRAP’s 2010-2015 business plan as a key area where resource and cost savings can be made. One of the key mechanisms to achieve these savings is to incorporate resource efficient outcomes into FM contracts. As a first step, WRAP created a toolkit that includes model wording that can be incorporated as appropriate into contracting documentation, see link below.
The toolkit is essentially a good practice manual of model procurement wording, to be used by procurement teams when tendering FM services. FM service areas which WRAP have developed model procurement wording for include:
• Buildings and maintenance
• Textiles and clothing (including work wear)
• Waste management services
Who’s using it
WRAP are currently working with companies across Scotland, England and Wales to help review and develop FM tender specifications which are either in development or under consideration, including the Government Departments, various local authorities (County Council’s and Unitary), private sector clients in the utilities and energy sector.
For details on how to access this support please contact Alex Forrest, SKM Enviros email@example.com mobile 07780 481150.
Senior Project Manager
Sustainability West Midlands
T: 0121 237 5890
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We offer a free sustainability related careers service for talented graduates and undergraduates at organisations in the West Midlands.
The Eco Business project, led by Coventry University Enterprises, supports Small to Medium sized companies in the West Midlands via grant funding for consultancy advice and implementation expenditure. This may help you to cut costs, identify new business opportunities and reduce/re-use waste. Read More.
A presentation by David Cockroft, Assistant Director City Centre and Development Services, and Chris Shepherd, Project Manager
Costain Engineering and Construction Ltd, speaking about Coventry’s new Friargate Development.
The event will include a light breakfast, preceded by the usual FORCE networking opportunities for members and guests.
Time: 8am to 10am, Thursday 28th November 2013
Location: Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Chamber House, Innovation Village, Cheetah Road, Coventry, CV1 2TL (click here for a map).
Please RSVP by sending an Email to FORCE, or by replying to this Email address.
Forum for Constructing Excellence (Coventry and Warwickshire)
A consultation launched by HEFCE aims to promote dialogue within the higher education sector on what more can be done to promote sustainable development. Students are also invited to contribute to the discussion.
Universities and colleges have for many years been making substantial reductions in carbon emissions through their teaching and research, through their business operations and through their influence on communities, staff and students. While evidence shows that many higher education institutions have successfully reduced their direct environmental impact in the past 25 years, the sector has challenging targets to meet by 2020 for reduction of carbon emissions. Read more.