How will your business respond to the need to reduce single-use plastics?

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Join us on 21 March for an interactive workshop bringing together businesses from across Cumbria to tackle the challenge of reducing single-use plastics.

The use of plastics is very much in the news at the moment, with the government setting a long-term target to eliminate ‘avoidable’ plastic waste as part of its 25-year environment plan. This is a hot topic for businesses, with producers and consumers encouraged to take responsibility for reducing the demand for single-use plastics and all businesses having a role to play.

The focus of the workshop, developed by Eco-innovation Cumbria in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability, will be on reducing or replacing single-use plastics (not recycling or disposal) and will explore the drivers and opportunities for small-medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cumbria*.

The objectives of the workshop are to:
  • Help businesses respond to the environmental challenge
  • Help businesses identify and create commercial opportunities
  • Help businesses create reputational advantage
  • Stimulate creative and innovative thinking around a challenge
  • Provide a platform for collaboration between businesses
Who should attend
  • Problem owners – businesses challenged by the need to reduce single-use plastics
  • Solution providers – businesses with existing services or products or proposed solutions to plastics challenge

Places are free at this fully-funded workshop, which is open to small- or medium-sized enterprises based in Cumbria with less than 250 full-time equivalent employees, a turnover of less than 50m euros, a balance sheet total less than 43m euros, and operating a business-to-business activity (not direct to consumer).

Format of the day

This fast-paced and interactive workshop will raise your awareness of the issue of single-use plastic, encourage you to think innovatively to find solutions, and facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs and business leaders in our communities.

  • Short case studies from local business leaders will give insight and inspiration.
  • Facilitated dialogue focused on generating ideas and problem solving sessions.
  • Working collaboratively, supported by academic and business experts, plan the steps you can take towards reducing the use of plastics in your business and supply chain.
Case studies

We are inviting case studies from both problem owners and solution providers to inspire and stimulate discussion and innovation. These will illustrate how others are addressing the plastics challenge in their business, with examples from a variety of businesses and sectors. Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.

Workshop facilitators

Al Wilson is the managing director at the Centre for Leadership Performance, a not-for-profit private limited company working to develop Cumbria’s leaders for today and tomorrow. Al has spent the last 25 years delivering leadership and personal development programmes in the corporate, public and third sector. He believes that leadership has the potential to make a positive difference to organisations, people and communities and he has a passion to help and support people to grow, learn and develop.

Frank Allison is the managing director of FIS360 Ltd., and has spent over 15 years supporting early-stage technologies in Europe, North America and the Middle East, taking them through to a commercial offering. He has also supported a range of clients including academic institutions, SMEs and large corporates in generating funding and returning revenues. Frank is passionate about working with entrepreneurs to see them and their technologies achieve commercial reality.

About Eco-innovation Workshops:

Run by the Eco-innovation Cumbria programme, these workshops are open to small- and medium-sized enterprises based in Cumbria, to facilitate business innovation and commercial success. Some topics will have a focus on eco-innovation, to support innovating products or services or improving processes to deliver low-carbon and environmental benefits. For further information, please contact


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