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Sustainability in Enterprise

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The Sustainability in Enterprise project helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Nottingham on the journey to Net Zero.

Free, practical support is available from specialists in sustainable business operations, building management, product design, and employee engagement. We help businesses fully understand their current carbon emissions and identify effective carbon reduction measures. Financial support is also available to help businesses take action on carbon.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

You can also email or call us on 0115 848 4297.

Sustainability consultancy

Consultancy advice

Environmental and carbon consultancy

Delivered by qualified sustainability consultants in the team managing NTU's own road to Net Zero, the support includes:

  • a baseline carbon footprint calculation for your business operations
  • an environmental and carbon assessment with performance improvement recommendations
  • a bespoke action plan to address key areas and implement change
  • further support, available where relevant, can include the development of strategies and targets, and help around travel plans, environmental legal compliance and sustainability certification.
Commercial product design support

Product design consultancy

Our commercial product design consultants bring a wealth of design experience to reduce the carbon impact associated with your products or packaging. You can receive:

  • an independent carbon footprint of your existing products via a lifecycle analysis
  • initial research into the design challenges within your business and market context
  • design consultancy focused on waste reduction
  • a second lifecycle analysis of your redesigned product to quantify the associated carbon reduction.
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Student sustainability consultancy

Nottingham Business School and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment open up final-year student expertise to work with business on Net Zero challenges related to operations, buildings, and products.

Supervised and supported by qualified sustainability professionals, student teams will work on focused carbon challenges within your business.

Nottingham Business School student consultancy includes:

  • a bespoke carbon footprint calculation for three aspects of business operations
  • a set of carbon reduction recommendations and associated cost savings.

Architecture, Design and Built Environment student consultancy includes:

  • estimation of current building and/or product-related carbon emissions
  • measures to reduce carbon emissions
  • sustainable and inclusive design idea, including consideration about the use of materials

Financial support

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Carbon grant

Businesses can receive up to £9,600 support to implement carbon reduction recommendations from your consultancy. Up to 40% of the overall project cost can be funded.

Recruiting talent grant

Claim a 20% grant towards the salary of a new employee who has graduated within the last three years.

The new hire should have a target related to sustainability, and they can also be supported by our early career development programme - the Sustainability Community Lab (SCL).

Building sustainability know-how

Carbon Management Workshops

For: Senior managers

Aim: To understand the business case for carbon management and offer practical step-by-step support to collect relevant data, measure your carbon emissions, establish targets, strategies, and the basis of an action plan.

Format: Four half-day workshops (blended online and face-to-face)

Sustainability Community Lab

For: Early career employees

Aim: To support participants to become a sustainability advocate, providing them with the knowledge and tools to improve sustainable practices within their enterprise.

Format: Six half-day workshops over eight weeks (delivered on campus with option for virtual depending on restrictions)

Carbon literacy training

For: Any employee of a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) that is based in Nottinghamshire

Aim: NTU's Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) course explores the global climate crisis and the very real impact that this will have on the economic landscape. Recent developments to the curriculum now include teaching on how businesses can become more sustainable in a post-COVID world.

Format: Three-day course (blended online and face-to-face)

Does your business qualify?

Support available through the Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Provision is available until June 2023.

Support is available to SMEs based in the Greater Nottingham (SUDS) area, which includes all of Nottingham city and Broxtowe borough, and parts of Ashfield, Rushcliffe, and Gedling. You can view the SUDS map for a full list of eligible locations.

SMEs are defined as having:

  • less than 250 employees
  • an annual turnover under EUR 50 million OR
  • an annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for support, email

The Sustainability in Enterprise project supports SMEs to make the SME Climate Hub pledge.

You may also wish to read the Sustainability in Enterprise project privacy notice.

Get in touch with us

The simplest way to get in touch with us and help direct your enquiry to the right place is to fill out the enquiry form below.

You can also email or call us on 0115 848 4297.