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Sustainability in Enterprise

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The Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) programme provides practical support and funding to reduce the carbon emissions of eligible Nottingham small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SiE focuses on four key areas of business performance: People, Products, Processes and Premises.


Eligible businesses can benefit from a range of support delivered by the NTU Employability Team, including:

A diverse team of enthusiastic professionals
  • access to graduate talent and free recruitment guidance
  • a 20% grant towards the cost of hiring a university graduate on a 12-month placement, and
  • an early careers development programme (Sustainability Community Lab) to support your new graduate hire to become a sustainability advocate within your business

The Sustainability Community Lab is designed to provide a graduate with the knowledge and tools to better equip them to improve sustainable practices and processes within the work environment.

Contact us at to make an enquiry.


Receive support from our Commercial Product Design Team, taking advantage of their solutions focused approach and subject matter expertise.

Commercial product design support

The team will perform a free life cycle analysis to give the carbon footprint of the product, followed by practical support to help:

  • provide innovative and sustainable design solutions,
  • lower your carbon emissions, and
  • design out waste

A second life cycle analysis will then be performed to provide a quantifiable reduction in related carbon emissions. Contact us at to learn more.


Benefit from a business consultancy service delivered by professionally qualified and experienced Sustainability Consultants from the NTU Sustainability Team

Our consultants can support with understanding and reducing carbon emissions, improving environmental performance, reducing costs, and ensuring long-term business sustainability.

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Consultancy support includes:

  • a full site audit and evaluation of the premises and processes in place
  • a free baseline carbon footprint calculation
  • an Environmental and Carbon Assessment Report complete with environmental performance improvement recommendations, to help to optimise the long term sustainability performance of the business
  • development of a bespoke action plan based on the above recommendations to address any key areas raised and implement changes
  • grant support up to a maximum of £5,000 for implementing eligible carbon reduction measures
Presentation to stakeholders

Bespoke additional support can be provided in such areas as:

  • development of a sustainability strategy and environmental targets
  • behaviour change campaigns
  • training workshops
  • travel plans
  • environmental legal compliance
  • sustainability certification support e.g. ISO 14001, B Corps etc.

Contact us at to make an enquiry.

Receive complementary bespoke sustainability and carbon management consultancy from Nottingham Business School.

The service is delivered by a team of final year Student Consultants from a broad range of courses such as Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Marketing and Management. Students will work in teams supported by academics within Nottingham Business School with expertise in sustainability and carbon management.

These teams will undertake the following in order to produce a free carbon impact assessment for your organisation:

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  • business needs assessment/ project brief
  • SME desk research including review of current environmental policy
  • identification of risks and opportunities associated with sustainability and carbon management
  • setting the operational boundary (the area of the business to be audited)
  • audit of resource data for carbon foot printing, for example, energy (electricity, gas), fuel consumption, water, waste
  • assessment of carbon footprint and associated costs of consumption
  • recommendations and carbon reduction targets.
  • grant support up to a maximum of £5,000 for implementing eligible carbon reduction measures

The end product will be a comprehensive carbon impact assessment complete with recommendations to reduce carbon emissions, a set of carbon reduction targets and the associated cost savings. The project findings will be presented to the organisation by means of a poster presentation. Contact us at to learn more.

Businesses can also access our fully funded Carbon Management Programme, where they will learn to better understand how to embed specific aspects of low-carbon and sustainable practices across their organisation.

Remote support and virtual workshops

The Carbon Management Programme will support businesses to build in-house capacity to effectively manage carbon emission reduction related to the business. This support will include four practical and interactive 3 hour workshops which will build knowledge and skills around:

  • the business case for carbon management
  • carbon footprinting for SMEs
  • developing carbon management strategies
  • developing a carbon management action plan

Businesses will exit the programme with the basis of a carbon management action plan that they can take forward within their business.

Course dates are still to be confirmed, but we are welcoming expressions of interest.

Contact us at to make an enquiry.


Secure additional consultancy from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) focusing on improvements specific to business premises.

Teams will undertake the following as part of a free carbon audit:

  • estimate carbon emissions within the built environment, including carrying out a systemic review of building strategies and services and assessing the building’s condition
  • collaborative work between businesses and ADBE to identify measures to reduce, mitigate and/or compensate carbon emissions
  • design alternatives that reflect sustainable and inclusive design ideas, including considerations about the use of materials and space
Consultancy advice

Access grant support up to a maximum of £5,000 for implementing eligible carbon reduction measures. Contact us at to make an enquiry.

Does your business qualify?

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

Support is only available to SMEs based in the Greater Nottingham (SUDS) area.

SMEs are defined as:

  • less than 250 employees
  • 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, just email

See the difference

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Talent Grants

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

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Early Careers Development Programme

Equip your new employee with the knowledge, tools and peer support to lead a sustainability project in your workplace

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Carbon Management Programme

Learn to better understand how to embed specific aspects of low-carbon and sustainable practices across your organisation

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Sustainability Grants

Claim a sustainability grant (up to £5,000) to support your business to implement the recommendations or ideas coming out of the above business consultancy support

Make an enquiry

If you'd like to speak to a member of the team about any of the above support, please contact

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