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Over 100 organisations get great view of how to ‘go green’ during Highland Sustainable Business Week

Following the successful Highland Sustainable Business Week in October, organisations from across the region are going green to tackle rising energy, water and waste costs.

21 Nov 17

Sustainable Business Week was run by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme and The Highland Council. Over 100 organisations were involved, with many attending free events and workshops held in Inverness, Thurso, Carrbridge and Fort William.

Since the Resource Efficient Scotland programme was launched in 2013, it has helped 294 businesses in Highland to uncover £3.8 million savings.

During the event, successful Highland organisations showcased their sustainability stories and demonstrated how to enjoy savings through efficiency improvements.

Afterwards, they were full of enthusiasm about the benefits of the events for their businesses.

Shona McInally, Office Manager for Colin Lawson Builders, attended a business briefing at Dalrachney Lodge Hotel in Carrbridge. She commented that it was “very useful to learn about all the things we can do to beat rising energy costs, protect the environment and, ultimately, keep our business sustainable.”

 “It was really inspiring to hear what other local businesses have already achieved,” added Edwina Acason, General Manager at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kingussie.

Attendees also learnt about the support that’s available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This includes free on-site support, funding for waste prevention measures and interest-free loans from £1,000 to £100,000 provided by the Scottish Government and supported by European Regional Development Funding.

 “We take our environmental performance very seriously and it was great to find out about all the funding and support that’s available to help us,” said Eleanor Watt, Director, Castle View Guest House, Inverness, adding that, “Highland Sustainable Business Week has been very informative and motivational.”

Speaking about the event, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It’s fantastic to receive such positive feedback for Highland Sustainable Business Week and to see so many businesses taking advantage of the free support that is available.

“I would encourage all Highland businesses, particularly those that missed out on Sustainable Business Week, to get in touch with Resource Efficient Scotland and find out how they can cut their costs and environmental impact.”

Find out more about the support that is available to businesses in the Highlands, and across Scotland, by visiting www.resourceefficientscotland.com or calling Resource Efficient Scotland at 0808 808 2268.

Zero Waste Scotland’s advice and support for SMEs, delivered through its Resource Efficient Scotland programme, is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £5.8 m Resource Efficiency Highlands and Islands Operation of the £73m Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

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Notes For Editors

Editor’s notes

  • 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 enterprises 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 via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

    For media enquiries contact:

    David Williams, on behalf of Sustainable Business Week

    T: 01235 753 112

    e:David.Williams@resourceefficientscotland.com

     

    Claire Munro, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

    m: 07702976594

    e: claire.munro@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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