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Circular Support in the Spotlight at Scotland’s Major Manufacturing Event

Funding and support to develop new business opportunities in manufacturing on offer for SMEs will be spotlighted at the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) conference in Edinburgh today (Tuesday 24th October).

24 Oct 17

Zero Waste Scotland is at the key industry event to promote the unique opportunities which the circular economy presents to manufacturers, and the specialist support it offers through its Circular Economy Investment Fund and Circular Economy Business Support Service.

Louise McGregor, Head of Circular Economy, will take part in Meet the Expert sessions at the event.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“For individual businesses, the circular economy is an opportunity that boosts resilience, meets increasing customer demand for sustainability, fosters collaboration, and above all enables businesses to grow. Scotland’s manufacturing sector is a crucial part of Scotland’s economy – now and in the future.  Supporting this sector towards more circular business practices, that set Scotland up for a more profitable and sustainable future, is one of our key objectives.

“There are some terrific examples of companies applying circular ways of working right now in Scotland, reaping the benefits in reduced cost and greater efficiency, For example, Veracity, a Prestwick-based manufacturer of IT equipment, minimise energy and promote re-use throughout their operations.”

He concluded, “I hope visitors to today’s SMAS event are inspired to get in touch with us to find out more about the opportunities offered by the circular economy and about how Zero Waste Scotland can help.”

Scotland is at the cutting edge of developing a more circular economy – designing products and services to keep materials in use for as long as possible – and harnessing the innovation of our manufacturers could realise huge economic and environmental benefits.

The country is recognised as a world-leader in the shift to a circular economy, having this year won the Circular Economy Nations and Regions Category at the high profile Circulars Awards.

Manufacturing has been identified as a key sector with the greatest opportunity to deliver circular economy benefits for Scotland, in the Scottish Government’s Making Things Last strategy. As such manufacturing is a key target sector for Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund.

SMEs can apply to Zero Waste Scotland’s £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund. Awards of up to £1million are available from the fund, which is specifically targeted to deliver circular economy growth.

Realising a circular economy in Scotland’s manufacturing sector means rethinking the manufacturing process – from design, to manufacture, disassembly and then remanufacture. This work forms the basis of Zero Waste Scotland’s commitment to Scotland’s manufacturing action plan, which is being led by Scottish Enterprise.

Both the fund and service are backed by investment from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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