|South Lakeland||£ 0.00|
|Keswick, Alston Moor & Halton-with-Aughton||£ 0.00|
|Waitlist for South Lakeland, Keswick, Alston Moor & Halton-with-Aughton||£ 0.00|
|Other areas||£ 0.00|
We’ll start by outlining some of the support and funding available to you in Cumbria. One of our guest speakers will then share their experiences of trying to make their own business more sustainable.
You and a small number of other businesses will then have a chance to discuss your own ideas, aspirations and the challenges you are facing with our sustainable business advisers, who will help you define the next steps towards reaching your environmental goals.
The session will run as follows:
- Introductions, general advice and guest business speaker (20 mins)
- Break-out room discussions - personalised support, advice and Q&A (30 mins)
- Feedback to whole group (10 mins)
- Optional extended discussion for those who wish to continue (30 mins)
We're able to offer this event free of charge thanks to support from South Lakeland District Council and Electricity North West.
Number of places
There are just 12 places available for this event, to allow personalised discussions during the break-out sessions. Places are limited to one per business.
The sessions will be most appropriate for small to medium businesses (SMEs).
Priority will be given to businesses based or operating in South Lakeland district and in the communities of Keswick, Alston Moor and Halton-with-Aughton, due to the nature of our funding for the event.
If your based outside these areas, please do go through the booking process. We may be able to offer you a place depending on demand in the priority areas.
Before the event, you may wish to try our free and easy-to-use carbon footprint calculator, which will help identify the areas of your business that have the greatest impact on climate change. You may also wish to have a look at the advice section for businesses on our website.
Meet the advisers
The session will be supported by up to three sustainable business advisers (depending upon the number of bookings). They are:
Tim Maiden from Green Small Business
Green Small Business supports small businesses to manage their environmental impacts and offers an environmental certification scheme. They use a simple framework that is sufficiently light touch for small businesses, while also being systematic and robust. More than 20 South Lakes businesses are now Green Small Business certified, with further businesses across the rest of Cumbria and the UK. They include hospitality, retail, manufacturing, various service sectors and charities. Green Small Business provides direct, high-level advice covering topics such energy, water, waste and transport. They also offer signposting to more specialist support, using their extensive directory of products and services.
Karen Bentley-Brown from Future Fixers
Future Fixers specialises in supporting businesses to develop their triple bottom line - that is, supporting you to develop a strategy that has a positive impact on people and planet whilst also making a profit. Future Fixers helps identify areas where businesses can be greener, from supply chain to customer. Importantly, it advises on how to embed this ethos into your whole business strategy. The team can also run training sessions for your staff to make sure that everyone is on board with the green agenda. You can also get support to make the most of your green credentials in your marketing activity. Future Fixers has particular knowledge of sustainable tourism, a wide range of experience beyond this and a background in working for environmental organisations.
Nick Lancaster from Lancaster and Lancaster
Nick has a track record of leading and growing a commercially successful organisation (Langdale Estate, Brimstone Hotel and Spa) while ensuring it operated with consideration of its environmental footprint, its impact on the local community and its responsibility to its employees and shareholders. Subsequently he worked with cafés, a distillery, garden centre, pottery and cultural experience. This has provided him with a range of experience and knowledge that is adaptable and relevant to many local businesses that may be looking for help, support, reassurance or just an idea about how to start to reduce their contribution to the climate change emergency.
Tim, Karen and Nick will be supported by Molly Hogg and Roe Baker (CAfS) and Chris Hodgson (Ambleside Action for a Future and owner of Haven Cottage B&B in Ambleside).
There are three dates to choose from. This booking is for Tuesday 8 June, 2pm.
Can't make these dates? We may run more of these sessions in the autumn. Please email [email protected] to register an interest.
Cost - This event is free to attend.
Venue - This event will be held via Zoom. Once you regsiter, you'll receive a link to join the event.
Recording - This event will not be recorded.
Help with joining this event
Are you not sure how to use Zoom but would like to attend our event? If you don't have a friend or family member who can help you get set up, we'd be happy to help you in advance. Please contact us as soon as possible. You can phone us on 01768 210276 during normal office hours (Tue to Fri) or email [email protected]
Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer technical support at the time of the event.
This event is part of our ongoing programme of Green Build & Sustainable Living events. Keep an eye on our website for more events throughout the year!