A free programme for businesses in the South West is set to
teach the regions SMEs and start-ups ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Planet Mark is a major sustainability project, inspired
by The Eden Project and supported by the Government, which has reached over a
million employees nationwide and has helped to save over 14 tonnes of CO2
The Planet Mark Start! programme will
be launched at a high-profile event on Thursday 16th May
2019. The key note speaker is Claire Perry MP, the Government’s Minister of
State for Energy and Clean Growth.
The programme aims to teach companies ways to reduce carbon
emissions, cut energy bills and become environmentally sustainable. After
taking local action to enhance their sustainability, companies are awarded
formal accreditation that demonstrates their commitment to the environment.
Mike Harris, Project Manager for The Planet Mark Start!,
said, “81% of customers want to buy from an environmentally-focused company.
Business sustainability is a global issue that must be tackled locally. We welcome
the fact that the government shares our values on business sustainability and
is willing to play their part by helping to turbocharge our profile in the West
“Planet Mark accredited organisations achieve outstanding
results and cut their carbon emissions by 12% per employee per year on average.
Our team is here to provide businesses with the tools, resources and above all,
the inspiration, to act. Adopting sustainable behaviour is good for business
and we look forward to welcoming the West of England’s SMEs and start-ups to
One of The Planet Mark Start’s biggest -stories is the Young
Entrepreneurs Network Association (YENA), a Bristol-based online platform and
acceleration community for start-ups.
Ash Phillips, the company’s founder, said, “We believe that
any business should care deeply about the impact it has on the world. We refuse
to run a business that has a net-loss on the environment and the people within
“Becoming The Planet Mark Start! accredited was a
natural choice for us. The ability to know, and show, that we are doing good as
a by-product of the work we’re doing, helping with reforestation and lowering emissions
by operating in a lean way, sets a standard not only for our future as a
company and our peers, but also the hundreds of start-ups in our community at
The launch event is fully funded and open to SMEs, start-ups
and entrepreneurs in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset,
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire only).
Over the course of the evening, attendees will hear from Claire Perry MP and Planet Mark-accredited company British Corner Shop, a Bristol-based online supermarket with an international reach. A short workshop will then introduce companies to The Planet Mark Start! programme, with opportunities to network towards the end of the session.
To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-and-sustainability-featuring-keynote-address-from-energy-and-climate-change-minister-rt-tickets-55351601129