West Midlands Green Business Clubs Network

Introduction

Research by SWM on competitive low carbon places indicates that a key factor for success is the ability of local businesses to rapidly share ideas, good practice, and resources in order to deliver action. Local green business clubs are vital for this, and have a role distinct to that of national or regional business networks. In addition, national investors (such as the Carbon Trust, Innovate UK, the Environment Agency, and Climate UK) are more likely to engage with a locally focussed network and the businesses they represent.

SWM have established and coordinate the Green Business Clubs Network to increase their impact in their local enterprise partnership (LEP) area and their ability to collectively lever in and share resources.

Why run this network

Launched: 2011

Meeting for this network are held bi-annually and allow representatives from local green business clubs to share good practice, provide peer support for each others events and activities, and provide opportunities for national organisations to quickly engage with all local clubs and their members.

Audience

This network is only open to those involved in the running of a local green business club.

Chair of the network

Andy Whyle, Chair at BESST (Business Environment Support Scheme for Telford) chairs this network. Andy has worked at Ricoh in Telford for over 27 years giving him a unique perspective both as a representative of the green business clubs but also as a business member. Andy is also a member of the Local Nature Partnership and trustee for Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Andy works closely with SWM in ensuring that the network meets its objectives.

Key resource and tools

Green Business Clubs Good Practice Guide Dec 2011 (pdf)

The following list shows local green business clubs by LEP area:

Staffordshire Business & Environment Network (SBEN)

  • Contact: Diane Roberts
  • Tel: 01785 276528
  • Email: diane.roberts@staffordshire.gov.uk
  • Web: www.sben.co.uk
  • Staffordshire LEP Area

Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford (BESST)

  • Contact: Jaclyn Kitson
  • Tel: 07758 603064
  • Email: telfordbesst@gmail.com
  • Web: www.telfordbesst.co.uk
  • Telford area within Marches LEP

Groundwork Environmental Business Services

  • Contact: Michelle Mansell
  • Tel: 0121 530 5510
  • Email: michelle.mansell@groundwork.org.uk
  • Web: Groundwork EBS
  • Black Country LEP Area

Business Sustain Green Business Network

  • Contact: Sarah Watson
  • Tel: 02476 832749
  • Email: business.sustain@coventry.gov.uk
  • Web: www.business-sustain.com
  • Based in Coventry and Warwickshire LEP but also national coverage

Solihull Sustainability Visioning

Business Futures Forum

  • Contact: Energy and Environmental Management
  • TeamTel: 01432 383262
  • Email: eem@herefordshire.gov.uk
  • Herefordshire within Marches LEP

Meres and Mosses Business Environment Network

  • Contact: Tom Hayek
  • Tel: 01743 284274
  • Email: Tomh@ShropshireWildlifeTrust.org.uk
  • Web: www.meresandmossesben.co.uk
  • North Shropshire within Marches LEP, West Staffordshire within Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP