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Sustainability in Enterprise

Sustainability in Enterprise

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The Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) project aims to drive sustainable growth in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a focus on the three key areas of business performance: process, premises and design.

The objective of this project is to achieve low-carbon growth through improving the overall sustainability of the local economy. This will be achieved through five strands of support available to eligible SMEs.

Sustainability consultancy

Sustainability consultancy from NTU's Sustainability team offers the following support:

  • Site audits
  • Diagnostic report and action plan
  • Recommendations for improving sustainability including advice about costings
  • Advice on development and implementation of the ISO14001 environmental management system

This will be complemented by free consultancy from our final year undergraduate students in Nottingham Business School (NBS) focusing on carbon reduction, and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) to look at improvements relating to business premises.

Sustainable product design

Offered by NTU's School of Art and Design, we can support you to achieve greater productivity and innovation, reduce carbon emissions and design out waste. Our academics and subject matter experts will provide expert advice, and our students can be embedded within businesses to complete projects to help you achieve this.

Carbon reduction workshops

Carbon reduction workshops delivered by academics and subject specialists will help you to understand and embed specific aspects of low-carbon and sustainable practices. We will share knowledge on the impact of different sectors on the environment, solutions with the highest impact, and create bespoke action plans for implementation.

Sustainability grants

Our sustainability grant scheme will support you as a business to implement the recommendations or ideas coming out of the above support, with the acknowledgement that lack of funds is often a major barrier to achieving sustainable growth.

Graduate placements and the Sustainability Community Lab

We have 86 graduate placement opportunities available for businesses to receive 20% of the cost of a graduate's salary for a 12-month period. These graduates can undertake specific projects, act as sustainability champions in your business, and help to improve the knowledge and awareness of sustainability in the local economy.

The Sustainability Community Lab is an early careers development programme, modelled on a successful format previously delivered as the Innovation Community Lab. The programme is designed to equip individuals employed by SMEs with the necessary knowledge and tools to improve sustainable practices and processes within the work environment, nurturing their journey to become to business' sustainability champion. Participants will become part of an active peer learning community which fosters further knowledge exchange between SMEs.


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, email

Make an enquiry

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

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