Sustainability in small businesses and Eco-preneurship

12:30 – 13:30, 23rd March 2017 – B2, The Hemsley, University Park

Please join the Sustainability Research Network (SRN) and Mark Smith for a lunch time discussion surrounding sustainability in small businesses. Mark Smith is currently a Low Carbon Advisor for the D2N2 Growth Hub having previously worked as a freelancer and business consultant for circular economy strategies.

The Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) growth hub is a local organisation that helps facilitate the links between local businesses and both private and public business service providers, to help promote growth in the region. D2N2 classes the low carbon economy as a key sector for growth especially due to the expertise of Rolls Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and the local universities.

With the government’s promotion of a ‘midlands engine’ the Industrial Strategy will help to promote a high skilled and competitive economy throughout the UK. The industrial strategy is a unique opportunity to promote low carbon and sustainable businesses and D2N2 will be at the forefront of promoting it throughout the region. Some examples of recent investments by D2N2 are BioCity in Nottingham, WeGo carbon neutral couriers and BioDynamic, one of the UKs largest food waste digesters.

As well as Mark highlighting the great work D2N2 are currently doing to promote sustainability in local businesses he will then go on to talk about the prospects of new sustainable ventures and the opportunities for ‘ecopreneurship’ in today’s market.

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