Lake District Foundation

The Lake District Foundation is the charity for the Lake District. It funds, collaborates and inspires change on things that matter to the region. By prioritising the natural environment, climate and people, their work is an example of sustainable development in action.

Green Small Business is supporting the foundation in better understanding their own carbon and wider environmental impacts. This includes the development of a detailed carbon footprint, which can then be updated and reported on an annual basis. We are also supporting them in putting in place a clear strategy for improving the management of environmental impacts over time.

“It has been so useful for us to look at our carbon footprint, with the support of Green Small Business. It has highlighted areas that we are doing well in which has given us all a boost and encouraged us to formalise it and shout about it!”

Soap Creative

Soap Creative is a design studio on a mission to help enhance your brand and make it work harder for you. They strategically blend messaging and creative design to craft distinctive brand experiences that captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression.

As part of their pursuit of B Corp status, Green Small Business supported the team in developing a comprehensive but streamlined Environmental Management System, guided them through the process of collating the data for their business carbon footprint, processed their carbon footprint calculations and assisted with completion of the environment section of the B Impact Assessment.

“The work we have completed with Green Small Business will help us to raise standards, be a good way to track progress, and help us better manage our environmental impacts”.

C-Pro Direct Ltd

C-Pro Direct exists to support medical professionals, parents and children affected by paediatric orthopaedic conditions of the lower limbs and has been supporting children, families and clinicians in the Clubfoot Community since 2005.

As a supplier to the NHS, C-Pro Direct now need a Carbon Reduction Plan in place as part of the NHS’s net zero commitments. Green Small Business was able to support them in measuring their business carbon footprint for the first time, understanding what the commitment to net zero means for their business and developing an initial action plan to start moving them in the right direction.

Through using Green Small Business for the development of their Carbon Reduction Plan, C-Pro Direct Ltd now have access to our online action planning and monitoring portal, a straightforward annual updating process and the added bonus of Green Small Business Certification!

[Green Small Business certification] “has helped to demonstrate to our customers that we are committed to achieving carbon net zero, which is a requirement for the NHS. We are also hoping to see financial savings from the carbon reduction plan being set in place.”

OpenCredo Ltd

OpenCredo pride themselves on making changes that matter. They help their customers  deliver best-in-class solutions in cloud, platform and data engineering . They empower organisations big and small in adopting these technologies through strategy, proof-of-solutions, delivery teams and training.

Green Small Business supported them in producing a Carbon Reduction Plan that was compliant with PPN 06/21, enabling them to continue accessing public sector tenders.

Going beyond the current Scope 3 requirements for Carbon Reduction Plans enabled us to future-proof their approach. Currently, only a subset of Scope 3 categories have to be included in a Carbon Reduction Plan. The NHS have already announced that full carbon footprints will be needed in future and other public sector bodies are likely to follow. OpenCredo are now fully prepared for any such future expansion of the requirements.

“OpenCredo found the Carbon Footprinting service really useful. We now have full visibility of our Scope 3 emissions, which, without expert advice, would be difficult to determine. The Carbon Footprinting also noted areas we could improve and track going forward.

The Green Small Business Certification benefits our business by demonstrating that OpenCredo is committed to reducing carbon emissions and encouraging sustainability awareness and knowledge sharing amongst our team. We are proactive in seeking improvement and understand that when it comes to protecting the environment – all hands need to be on deck!”

Brian Johnston & Co (Insurance Brokers) Ltd

Brian Johnston & Co (Insurance Brokers) Ltd entire business ethos is to develop high quality, cost-effective and sustainable insurance solutions. The are proud of their professional reputation, most notably within the UK Public Sector and have developed long standing relationships with their insurance partners.

As a provider to the public sector, they needed to develop and adopt a Carbon Reduction Plan to meet the requirements of PPN 06/21. Green Small Business worked with the team at Brian Johnston & Co to measure the carbon footprint of the business and develop a streamlined and action-focused environmental management system (EMS). The outputs from these exercises were then used to populate the Carbon Reduction Plan template issued by the Cabinet Office.

The footprint, EMS and Carbon Reduction Plan will be updated on an annual basis, in line with PPN requirements.

“Green Small Business provided an excellent service. We held several 1-to-1 discussions over Zoom in which information was imparted in a format we could easily understand. We were made aware of the commitments we were signing up to and the pathway ahead was well explained.”

Supporting Communities

Supporting Communities is an independent charity that champions tenant and community participation by developing groups, supporting active citizenship, and building cohesive communities.

Green Small Business worked with the charity to develop a streamlined Environmental Management System (EMS) and to baseline the carbon footprint of the organisation. As well as driving improvements in the way that the environmental impacts are managed, the work was used to generate the content for a Carbon Reduction Plan (in accordance with the requirements of PPN 06/21) which was needed for participation in the Crown Commercial Services framework.

“We want to instill and enthuse our staff, stakeholders and customers around the whole area of Carbon Reduction and we feel that the certification through Green Small Business has really helped us to focus along the right track.”

Reuseabox

Reuseabox partners with manufacturers to divert their used cardboard boxes away from the recycling process, and re-distribute them to other companies looking to pack their products. By keeping cardboard in use for longer, they help to reduce waste, protect the environment and contribute to a more circular economy.

As part of their journey towards B Corp certification, Green Small Business is supporting Reuseabox with the development and implementation of a streamlined Environmental Management System (EMS) and a comprehensive business carbon footprint that can be updated and reported on an annual basis.

“As an environmental business, measuring our carbon footprint was essential. We can now use our Environmental Action Plan to work towards reducing our footprint across all areas of the business. Tim is highly knowledgeable and great at tailoring the process to meet your business’ requirements.”

Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd

Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd

Rachel Bailey Garden Design Ltd is an award-winning landscape design practice whose work encompasses residential, public and commercial projects in both urban and rural settings. The gardens they create are unique and plant-filled to capture the essence of the place and are beautiful as well as functional.

Rachel Bailey, Principal Designer & Director, is acutely aware of the need to manage the business responsibly. More importantly, she works hard to ensure that the potential negative impacts of the gardens they work on are minimised and the potential positive impacts maximised. Green Small Business worked with Rachel to build on the business’s already-established good practice and put in place:

  • A baseline carbon footprint for the business operations, which will allow progress over time to be tracked.
  • An environmental policy setting out a high-level, public-facing commitment to environmental responsibility and the environmental priorities of the business.
  • A set of design principles which clearly and concisely articulate how the policy commitments will be implemented through their design approach. These principles will be used not only to provide a clear framework for their design activity but also for the process of engagement with clients and contractors.
  • An environmental action plan, containing a series of practical actions to address all of the environmental impacts of business operations, garden design, project delivery and maintenance.

We used our work with Rachel as a case study in a recent evening CPD session for members of the Society of Garden Designers. A recording of the session will be available to members and a longer 1-day session is planned for early 2023.

“Having a baseline number for the carbon footprint of our business allows us to measure changes that we make to reduce this. Without an actual figure, it is easy to think that what we are doing is lessening our environmental impact, when it may not be having the kind of impact we hoped. Being certified will show that we are serious in reducing the environmental impact of the business – not just ‘Greenwashing'”

Contact

Contact is the charity for families with disabled children. They support and bring families together and help them take action for others.

The charity sought support from Green Small Business in order to demonstrate to funders, staff and those that they support that they were committed to environmental responsibility. Green Small Business supported the charity to develop a baseline carbon footprint and developed an action-focused, streamlined environmental management system.

“The carbon footprinting service was a life-saver – working out our carbon footprint was much more complex than we’d imagined and would have taken a huge amount of staff time, so to have the support and guidance from the Green Small Business was brilliant! They took all the hard work out of it and helped us understand what information we needed to provide, guided us through the complexities and was always on hand to answer our questions.

Being Green Small Business certified means that when we approach funders we can demonstrate our commitment to the environment. This is something that most funders and grant-making organisations require now. If we couldn’t demonstrate this it’s highly likely we would lose funding opportunities to competitors.”