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Improving your environmental performance

The principle business support programme available in High Peak is the D2N2 Growth Hub. This offers a range of online toolkits, telephone and face-to-face advice to help entrepreneurs develop business ideas or support existing businesses to grow or address challenges.

The Growth Hub acts as a gateway to businesses wanting help to improve their environmental performance or get help develop or sell low carbon products or services. Tel: 0333 006 9178

Specific programmes to help you improve environmental performance or grow your green products and services

The  De-Carbonise project provides free energy audits and support for SMEs across Derbyshire together with grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 

The Low Carbon Business Network is a project delivered by the University of Derby to support SMEs who supply low carbon environmental goods and services. It has aimed to raise small businesses visibility and boost demand for their products and services, support on low carbon product research as well as offer free on-line courses to gain green accreditation.

The Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering offer bespoke fully funded research and development technical support consultancy in low carbon production, process and project design, new product development and prototyping. Contact Tel:01332 592754

The Good Life Energy Team offers free and impartial advice to businesses to review your existing energy charges and find the best tariffs to suit your business needs (includes gas, electricity, water, oil & LPG, including resolution of disputes and review of any levy charges). The scheme is managed by South Staffordshire Council but is open to all businesses throughout the country and has helped firms save 70% on renewal offers. Freephone 03333 058 671.

The Clean Growth Fund provides funding for companies developing green technology across a wide range of sectors, including transport, waste and building energy efficiency.

The National Farmer Union provides Energy Advice for Farmers to help you find best energy deals, technical advice on renewables and efficiency guidance. They also have a buying group with discounts for members. Contact

Energy monitoring support is available for smaller companies in the retail and hospitality sector through the Carbon Trust and Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). See information sheet.

The Clean Air day campaign has produced a range of free resources for workplaces and community groups relevant to improving air quality. 

The Workplace Charging Scheme (ECS) for businesses to purchase and install new workplace charging stations to allow companies to move towards electric fleets or support workforce with electric vehicles.

The Council now offers a Business waste recycling service covering glass, plastic, cartons, food tints, aerosols, paper and cardboard. This is a pay-for service with a range of container sizes on offer.

There are a number of funds for business which can support renewables or investment in equipment, which will be cleaner and more productive. Please see our business funding pages or to keep up to date will all the latest business news, funds and support, subscribe to our Business newsletter