As part of the West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme, SWM is providing support to local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to co-ordinate and share good practice on how to set up and run a green business club and sources of support for businesses; supplemented by low carbon economic profiling for your area and a good practice guide.
The aim of this project is to improve capacity within local authorities to stimulate low carbon investment and jobs within their areas.
The support we are providing includes:
- Providing profiles of the low carbon economy for all 14 Tier 1 local authority areas and all West Midlands LEP areas.
- Developing a checklist for LEPs on how to incorporate low carbon economy actions within their emerging business plans.
- Using the evidence base to identify potential low carbon cross-LEP opportunities and presenting these to LEPs at a dedicated event with recommendations for a collaborative forward work programme.
- Producing a good practice guide on how to set up and run a green business club and sources of support for businesses.
- Providing one-to-one support for local authorities and LEPs that wish to establish green business clubs in their LEP areas.
- Coordinating the West Midlands Green Business Clubs Network
The good practice guides on business clubs and LEPs are now available to download below.
We held a ‘Good Practice and Funding’ event for LEPs and other interested individuals on the 15 July 2013. This included presentations from New Anglia LEP on their ‘Green Economy Pathfinder Project’ and Natural England with regard to the Local Environment and Economic Development (LEED) Toolkit and support available to LEPs and Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs). The presentations from this event can be dowloaded on the right.