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!”

First Grade Projects

At their workshop in Pontypridd, First Grade Projects specialise in the design and manufacturing of custom furniture, cubicle systems, Integrated Plumbing Systems (IPS), and other specialised fittings. They take great care in crafting unique and tailor-made solutions to meet the specific needs and preferences of their clients.

The company needed an Environmental Management System in order to access a procurement process. Using our DIY pack they prepared an environmental policy, action plan and various supporting policies. Following a review and uploading everything to our online portal, the company were then awarded Green Small Business certification.

“For any small business committed to quantifying their environmental impacts and implementing a plan to reduce them through an environmental management system, seeking guidance from Green Small Business is an excellent place to start. We purchased the ‘do-it-yourself’ pack, which made the creation of an environmental management system a straightforward and enjoyable task. Furthermore, the Green Small Business team is highly responsive and always available to provide support when required. We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with them, as we build towards a greener future.”

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.”

North Uist Distillery

North Uist Distillery is a family-run distillery in the Outer Hebrides that produces some of Scotland’s very finest artisan spirits including the multi-award winning Downpour Gin range and the soon to launch Nunton Whisky.

Green Small Business worked with the team to develop a structured and comprehensive environmental action plan, which will be used to support their application for B Corp status.

Green Small Business certification “will show all our stakeholders that we are actively working on improving our environmental footprint, addressing the impact we have and taking responsibility.”

Popcorn Learning Media

Popcorn Learning Media specialise in creating digital learning courses for a variety of distinguished employers – in the UK and around the world. By working in close partnership with their clients, they create bespoke eLearning courses and other content that can be delivered online. They work hard to make them beautiful and engaging, because that’s what makes eLearning effective.

Green Small Business supported the development of a streamlined, structured and action-oriented Environmental Management System for the business. This is being used to support improvements across the business and to enhance their score in the B Impact Assessment (BIA). The BIA is the tool used by B Lab to assess a company’s readiness to become a B Corp.

“The information from Green Small Business has been invaluable, it’s shown us many ways to reduce our carbon emissions and helped us to organise our EMS so we can easily keep track of this year on year. We’re in the process of applying for our B Corp certification and couldn’t have done it without these tools.”

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.”