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Sustainability in Enterprise

The Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) programme provides fully funded support and grants to reduce the carbon emissions of eligible Nottingham small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SiE will help businesses improve their environmental performance across four key areas: People, Products, Processes and Premises.

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

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Overview of support

Grants for graduates

Access graduate talent, free recruitment support and a 20% grant towards the cost of hiring a university graduate on a 12-month placement.

Workshop programmes

Build in-house capacity to manage your carbon emissions via our bespoke carbon management programme for SMEs, and develop graduate employees to develop as sustainability advocates through our early careers development programme.

Sustainability consultancy

Sustainability consultancy from NTU professional and academic staff and students to help you understand and reduce your carbon emissions. This can relate to your product design, business processes, or premises.

Carbon reduction grants

Receive up to £5,000 support to implement carbon reduction recommendations from your consultancy. The grant funds 40% of the overall cost.

Make an enquiry

If you'd like to speak to a member of the team about any of the above support, just  complete our Sustainability in Enterprise enquiry form.

You can also email sie@ntu.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)115 84 84297.

People

A diverse team of enthusiastic professionals

Better engage graduate employees in your carbon reduction journey via:

  • access graduate talent and free recruitment support
  • a 20% grant towards the cost of hiring a university graduate on a 12-month placement
  • an early careers development programme – Sustainability Community Lab – to support your new graduate hire to become a sustainability advocate. The course provides a graduate with the knowledge and tools to better equip them to improve sustainable practices and processes within the work environment.
  • funded carbon literacy training for individuals employed in eligible SMEs

Products

Commercial product design support

Reduce the carbon emissions associated with your products and packaging. Our highly experienced commercial product design consultants provide innovative and sustainable design solutions to reduce the waste associated with your products. Working collaboratively with you, the team offers:

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

Processes

A digital dashboard tracking Co2 emissions across the workplace

Understand your current carbon footprint and how you can best reduce your carbon emissions via one of our sustainability consultancy offers.

Comprehensive environmental 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
  • 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 strategy and targets, behaviour change campaigns, and help around, travel plans, environmental legal compliance and sustainability certification (ISO14001 and B Corps)

Focused sustainability consultancy

Delivered by Nottingham Business School by qualified sustainability academics that will lead a team of final-year student consultants to produce a bespoke carbon impact assessment. Covering three business areas, the report will provide a focused carbon footprint calculation, plus a set of carbon reduction recommendations with targets and their associated cost savings.

Carbon management programme

Offered by Nottingham Business School to develop your in-house capacity to manage carbon emissions with this practical programme. Over four half-day workshops, participants will be supported to:

  • measure the carbon emissions of your business
  • establish carbon management targets, strategies, and the basis of an action plan

Enquire about our carbon management programme by emailing sie@ntu.ac.uk.

Premises

Consultancy advice

Access the expertise of students from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) to help improve the environmental performance of your buildings. Led by experienced academics, consultancy groups will:

  • estimate building related carbon emissions, reviewing building condition, strategies and services
  • work with you to identify measures to reduce, mitigate and/or compensate carbon emissions
  • offer design alternatives that reflect sustainable and inclusive design ideas, including considerations about the use of materials and space

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 sie@ntu.ac.uk.

Make an enquiry

If you'd like to speak to a member of the team about any of the above support, just  complete our Sustainability in Enterprise enquiry form.

You can also email sie@ntu.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)115 84 84297.