SWM News November 2018 - A Clean Revolution for the West
new budget revealed on 29 October was described as being the end of
austerity and includes various investments and support that
will benefit sustainability in our region. In 'Our Comment,' Leo Morton,
our Volunteer Communications Officer, gives his perspective on
the budget and its impact on the West Midlands.
on the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) closed on 15
November and in our consultation response we question
whether the current draft really does live up to being the first
'Clean Growth Local Industrial Strategy' as stated as
an ambition by the WMCA in their 2018-19 annual plan.
is the right time to demand and shape sustainability
action in the region, and our Annual Conference on 03 December
is your opportunity to have your voice heard.
from the WMCA as well as Worcestershire, the Marches and Stoke
& Staffordshire LEPs on development of their LIS and how
the region is set to be part of the Government’s ambition
to locally strengthen economies and productivity. Our
conference will also include a keynote from Myles Allen,
contributing author of the IPCC report to enable discussion on how
the region can shape policy and practice in the global fight
against climate change. Are the two compatible?
fewer than ten places still available, book yours now! We hope
to see you there.
Bright, Chief Executive, on behalf of the SWM Team
- On 28
and Warwickshire Green Business Programme (CWGBP) is hosting
an event looking at funding opportunities
and SME case studies.
- By 30
November. Veolia is
running its EnviroGrant scheme where grants of up to £1,000
are available to community groups and environmental schemes
for community projects.
- By 30
November. £46m has
been announced for NHS trusts to expand their use of LED
lighting, in order to reduce bills, maintenance and
- By 5
£20m Hydrogen Supply programme
aims to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen
- By 6
businesses can apply for up to
£4m to research and development technologies that
accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.
- By 7
businesses can register outline proposals
for grant funding to reduce the issues of plastics which are
- By 12
December. £23m is
available from government for the development of better and
more resilient battery technology and supply chains as part of
the Faraday Battery Challenge.
- By 9
January 2018. The
UK Government has launched funding for innovative ideas to reduce air pollution,
specifically as a result of road transport and industrial
- By 28
February 2019. The ERDF
Business Growth Programme has been extended. This is to help
SMEs grow in selected areas in the West Midlands.
- By March
2019. SMEs can obtain free energy audits and 40%
grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in Greater
Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
- By May
2019. SMEs can benefit from
the Keele Research and Innovation Support
Programme (KRISP) to help develop products,
processes or services.
- By June
in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can benefit from a £5m funding pot
towards expanding business premises or renovating
The Community and Environment Fund
is to provide benefits to communities along the route
disrupted by the construction of HS2.
BEIS funding of
around £162m is available in industrial
research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and
- On-going. £320m
is being made available in UK for heat network projects.as
part of the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).
- On-going. Shropshire
SME Manufacturers can apply for small grants to help part-fund a business improvement project
and grow the business.
the past year we have promoted >£700 million of accessible
SWM and member events
is exhibiting and speaking at
UHEI 2018 in Solihull, where key issues from the Healthcare
and Higher Education sectors will be addressed on 27-28
is hosting an event looking at funding opportunities
and case studies for SMEs in Coventry and Warwickshire on 28
is running its Mobility-as-a-Service conference
on 28 November, looking at the potential future shift away
from individually owned vehicles.
West Midlands is
running a sustainable procurement event on 29 November, hearing from Paul Sheffield CBE
on greater societal, economic and environmental
popular Annual Conference
takes place on 3 December focusing on "Local
Industrial Strategies - A Clean Revolution for the WM?".
Sign up here - only a few places
in partnership with the
Innovation Alliance, convenes the latest Innovative Low Carbon
Working Group meeting on
6 December at the Manufacturing Technology Centre.
County Council is running
an event on 12 December for SMEs, giving personalised advice on
energy efficiency and resource efficiency.
is a partner in next June's Flood & Coast conference,
aiming to deliver excellence in flood risk management,
convened by our members the Environment Agency.
full list of upcoming events is available here as well as our full member
SWM and member updates
has published its latest Roadmap monitoring report
that outlines how the region is performing against our 2020
vision and roadmap.
- SWM welcomes
new member Ecofocus Group Ltd, a
Surrey-based sustainable technology business looking to
expand operations into the West Midlands.
- SWM welcomes
new member Contented Ltd who
advocates the West Midlands as a hub for low carbon technology
and work with businesses looking to use clean technology.
- SWM welcomes
new member Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS
Trust who are committed to being a sustainable
trust and improving quality of life for the people they
- sben has
been successful in securing an extension to its Low Carbon
Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP), supporting SMEs in
Stoke & Staffordshire with reducing their energy bills.
University of Birmingham is
advertising its College of Social Sciences: Head of
Facilities role. Applications close on 16 December.
Energy Agency is
looking to recruit a new volunteer trustee
to sit on their board four times a year and shape the
changes of the organisation.
- SWM has
been working with the Black Country Technical Assistance
Team to deliver four successful events
to encourage applications for ERDF funding.
- SWM has
published its review of the
recent West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy as produced by
the West Midlands Combined Authority.
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news and events
Met Office has published the latest
version of the UK Climate Projections, outlining how the
climate will change in the UK up to 2100. This supersedes the
previous UKCP09 interface.
Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands has
written several blogs on lessons
learnt at the recent Venturefest West Midlands event.
is searching for entrepreneurs to pitch their ‘cleantech’
start-up to an expert jury. Promising entrepreneurs
can then join their Accelerator Programme.
Capital is hosting its conference on 27
November in Birmingham, looking at how regional energy change
can be delivered.
City Council is
currently advertising for Regional Senior Energy Project Officer roles
based across West Midlands LEPs. Applications close on 2
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