Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP


GBSLEP Growth Hub

The Growth Hub aims to enable businesses to get the right advice at the right time so they can grow and be successful. The Growth Hub operates in Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest.

Groundwork West Midlands Sustainable Business Services

Groundwork West Midlands deliver a wide range of environmental, health and safety support and training services to businesses across the West Midlands Region. They support an extensive range of clients from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Solihull Sustainability Visioning Group

Solihull Sustainability Visioning Group aims to help Solihull to be at the forefront of sustainable business development and a showcase for environmental business standards, supporting Solihull’s transition to a low carbon economy. It is led by senior business representatives and stakeholders.


Grants and support are available to GBSLEP SMEs on a broad range of sustainability issues. We’ve listed just a few of these below:

ARLI – Alternative Raw Materials with Low Impact: aimed to drive collaborative research and development among SMEs to enable the development of products and processes that provide energy efficiency games in the use of raw and waste materials.

BASIS – Birmingham & Solihull Industrial Symbiosis Project: aims to work with SMEs to quantify their wastes and seek resource efficiency improvements that deliver financial savings. These underutilised resources can be process by-products, discarded waste materials, low grade energy, waste water discharges, logistics (empty vehicle movements), capacity (such as warehouse or office space) and shared expertise.

EBRI – European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI): EBRI leads and delivers a range of research projects and collaborations with partners in the West Midlands, UK, Europe and beyond. Projects focus on the adoption of bioenergy technologies in both urban and rural settings and the provision of support to businesses to enable them to make informed bioenergy decisions.

Low Carbon SME’s: The Low Carbon SMEs project uses university academics to provide short and long term support to SMEs. Projects leading to a reduction in energy consumption, carbon emissions and process inefficiencies within high energy using organisations are eligible for support including a free diagnostic evaluating your sites’ energy use and process efficiencies, a grant of up to £12,250, one to one advice and innovation support, and sector specific workshops.