Greater Manchester businesses now have just two weeks to sign up for a new online program that will help them reduce their carbon footprint and cut costs.

“Journey to Net Zero” was launched by the GC Business Growth Hub and is aimed at SMEs in the Greater Manchester area who are at an early stage on the path to net zero emissions.

The delegates benefit from 10 thematic sessions offered in the form of online workshops, one-on-one counseling and joint learning.

Registration closes on June 30th, the course starts on July 1st. Places for Journey to Net Zero are limited and companies must register at www.businessgrowthhub.com/netzero.

The fully funded program is run by the hub’s environmental specialists, who collectively have over 150 years of experience helping SMEs become cleaner, greener and more profitable.

Richard Hagan is Managing Director at Rochdale manufacturer Crystal Doors, which recently won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

He said, “I was a complete beginner when I met GC Business Growth Hub, but now we’re well on our way to zero net carbon footprint by 75% by 2022. If we can do that, every SME can. “

Journey to Net Zero participants are guided through the importance of the net zero transition for them and learn how to prioritize action.

At the end of the program, they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to develop and implement a strategic action plan to reduce their emissions, minimize risks and benefit from greener and more efficient ways of working.

He will also receive ongoing support from consultants and the opportunity to join a network of like-minded companies that will provide alumni of the program with access to the latest news, best practices and networking opportunities.

Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “Climate change is a fundamental threat to the current and future economy of Greater Manchester.

“In order to become climate neutral by 2038, we must all do our part to achieve an urgent and significant reduction in CO2 emissions and to build a more robust and profitable business.”

GC Business Growth Hub is part of The Growth Company and is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Claire Scott, Environmental Business Advisor at the Hub, added, “Every business must act now to meet Greater Manchester’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2038.

“This program offers you free, expert assistance to reduce your carbon footprint and costs. You do not need to have any prior knowledge or knowledge of Net Zero to join. If you act against climate change now, companies can grow, adapt and take advantage of new opportunities. “

At www.businessgrowthhub.com, companies seeking expert support can find more information about the organization’s extensive range of services. This and other GC Business Growth Hub projects are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project, which aims to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and jobs in the Greater Manchester area. The hub is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Local Authorities.

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