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Harborough Business Bulletin
Harborough District Council
District of Harborough.
Month 2021| Issue 101
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Welcome to the Harborough Business Bulletin. We provide a fortnightly overview of the latest business related news, initiatives and support packages.
Find out about how investing your business in Harborough District can also be an investment in a sustainable future for your business over on our Invest in Harborough website 

Zellar is the world's first 'Sustainability-as-a-Service' platform.

Want to be a more sustainable business but not sure where to start? Zellar, launching later this year could help!

Zellar and Business Gateway are looking for 100 companies from all sectors across Leicester and Leicestershire, to take part in the Zellar pilot, which will be

free of charge for 12 months!

Companies keen to take part are encouraged to submit a short Expression of Interest form and all entries will be evaluated by a panel of experts.

You can find out more about the "100 ways to go greener" campaign here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26 July 2021, those successful will be informed shortly after ahead of the official launch in September. 

Sustainable Harborough invites your business to join their Green Directory
Sustainable Harborough Community and Sustainable Harborough Trust have been at the forefront of the environmental movement in Market Harborough and the wider District since 2007

They work together with the many environmental and sustainability groups and projects that exist across our district forming a network, supporting groups and individuals, maintaining a local 'green voice' and encouraging new ideas and projects. They aim to foster good working relations with the local authorities, to highlight and publicise local issues and activities.

The radical changes forced into effect by the pandemic, has revealed for Sustainable Harborough that 'returning to normal' is not an option, and significant changes are required to recover from the current climate and ecological crises.

Through the website, Sustainable Harborough provides local information about steps that businesses, groups and individuals can take to become more sustainable.

The Harborough Green Directory (a free online directory) celebrates businesses and organisations who offer services or products with green credentials.

Whether that is:
  • to bring your own packaging for refills,
  • purchase locally sourced products
  • recycle old items,
  • or installation of solar panels
The directory aims to gather together and celebrate all the green wonders that Harborough District has to offer. It currently represents over 60 businesses and organisations in and around Market Harborough, and their 12 Months of Action campaign has drawn further attention to specific green services available from some of these businesses.

Harborough Big Green Week will provide a weeklong spotlight on sustainability and green activities in Market Harborough. This is part of a national effort to boost awareness and activity. Celebrating and inspiring green behaviours and a great opportunity to demonstrate how sustainability can enrich businesses and lifestyles.

Keep an eye out in future bulletins, to find out more about how you and your business can get involved with Harborough Big Green Week.

Please visit the Sustainable Harborough website for more via the link below – they would love to have you involved!

Keep an eye out for more information about what Harborough District is getting involved for the Great Big Green Week!
Saturday 18 September - Sunday 26 September
SHIRE Environment Grant 
Do you have a new innovative project that aims to run in a green way? You could be eligible for funding from the SHIRE Environment grant, provided by Leicestershire County Council. 

They are particularly interested in projects that meet one or more of the grant scheme outcomes which include: 
  • To reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire 
  • To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities 
  • To improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces 
  • To raise awareness and understanding on the above outcomes as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects. 
For more info on the scheme and how to apply, click the link below: 
ARG Scheme 2 - Go Green
As part of the latest tranche of Additional Restrictions Grant Schemes, there will be a scheme that is designed to support green projects within your business.

ARG Scheme 2 will focus around helping businesses to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions.

Examples of this could include:
  • E-lights & bulbs
  • Solar panels
  • Insulation
  • Heating pumps
  • E-bikes 
  • E-Vehicles (Taxis & Delivery Vans)
You could apply for an additional restrictions grant for your Green project to help improve your business.

We are encouraging businesses to consider combining grants with others such as:
  • Green BELLE  which supports Small or Medium-Sized Enterprises in Leicester and Leicestershire to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions. Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to support the installation of low carbon and energy efficient technologies.
  • Low-emission vehicles eligible for a plug-in grantBusinesses can get discounts on  through a government-funded grant given to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. You will not need to do anything if you want to buy one of these vehicles, the dealer will include the value of the grant in the vehicle's price. The maximum grant available for cars is £2,500.

The Go Green Scheme and other ARG Schemes will be available to apply for soon.

In the meantime, if you have any question please email our grants officer:
Dates for the Diary
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Tuesday 20 July, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Wednesday 28 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Wednesday 4 August, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Thursday 5 August, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Green Shoots - A Green Success Story
We recently interviewed Peter Squires, of Harborough's eco-friendly delivery service - Green Shoots, to get an insight of how and why their business is sustainable, and inspire other businesses to operate in a more environmentally conscious way too.

Tell us about your business and its core values

Green Shoots is an emission-free courier service based in Market Harborough. Using our fully electric mid-sized van, we offer an efficient, friendly, and competitively priced alternative for businesses (and individuals) to regular fossil-fuelled delivery companies.
Our core values are delivering excellent customer service – as well as anything from parcels to pallets – in a sustainable way that benefits our customers, their customers and the environment.

Why Harborough for your business?

Having lived in Harborough for over 30 years, raising our family, being involved with various local clubs and having run a business at the Innovation Centre, we've got to know a lot of people – so it seemed to be the natural choice.
It is also the ideal base for a business focused on sustainability, with so many local companies wanting to reduce the impact they are having on the environment and keen to find a simple solution.

Why is an emission free, eco-friendly delivery service important to you?

We consider ourselves to be typical of most people living in and around Harborough – we try to 'do our bit' for the environment in terms of using the excellent local recycling facilities, supporting local businesses and buying organic as often as we can – but recognise we can do more.

When Covid-19 hit last year and we saw the huge increase in delivery vehicles on the roads, we recognised there was an opportunity to reduce the amount of pollution these additional fumes produced by offering an emission-free alternative.

We are really proud that after just 9 months, thanks to our customers choosing Green Shoots over 'regular' delivery services, we have saved over 4 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's the equivalent of four return flights between London and New York, or planting 24 new trees!

What advice would you have for other businesses that want to begin with greener operations for their business?

Becoming greener doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming – small changes can make a big difference.

Now staff are going back to the office, consider the work environment: for example, are recycling bins readily available in the kitchen; are staff aware of, and encouraged to take advantage of, the 'cycle to work' scheme; can more be done to promote paperless systems etc.?

And, of course, if businesses use a delivery service to send or receive goods, they could significantly reduce their carbon footprint by simply switching to an emission-free courier company instead! A 100-mile journey using our electric van saves around 20kgs of carbon emissions – that's the same amount as an average tree absorbs in a year!

Find out more about the great work that Green Shoots do and how your business can work with them via the link below.
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