The Business Gateway has announced that the first 40 Leicestershire businesses have secured a place on a carbon reduction programme offered by the Business Gateway in partnership with the company Zellar. This is set to be the first in the East Midlands and only the second in the UK.
The pioneering scheme aims to see 100 Leicestershire businesses taking part to do their bit for the climate crisis. Blackfriars Bakery, NEBOSH, Countrywide Properties, the Bradgate Park Trust, Three Point Design, Fisher German and Acorn Training are among the first 40 companies to gain a place on the scheme, along with several representatives from Leicestershire’s fashion and textiles sector, retail, hospitality and space technology.
The ‘sustainability as a service’ platform, called Zellar, enables a business to identify its carbon impact and then provides a bespoke plan to reduce it, including advice on how to offset emissions, how to find sustainable energy providers and also how to change behaviour among employees. Gary Styles, Founder of Zellar, explained: “We’ve created Zellar to tackle the climate change issue before it’s too late. We’re delighted that Leicester is showing such leadership in green issues for the business sector.”
Sonia Baigent, LLEP Director and Chair of the Business Gateway Board, added: “For these 40 businesses, this is a great first step in becoming greener. There is still time for other Leicestershire businesses to join us at no cost because we have funded all the places for 12 months. You can apply before the deadline of 15 August on our website on the Business Gateway website.