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 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.”

PHX Training

PHX Training are one of the Northwest’s largest providers of skills and employability services. An award-winning training provider, PHX dedicates to deliver social value. They provide opportunities and support to people from all walks of life. Empowering individuals to build successful futures and improving lives.

Green Small Business supported them with the development of a streamlined environmental management system, which will help to drive improvement in the management of the environmental impacts of the business. This includes the huge potential for positive impacts through incorporating environmental aspects into their training provision. The associated certification will help to showcase their efforts.

“The meeting we had with Tim really got us forward thinking in many areas we hadn’t previously considered. He really helped us focus & think of new ideas for the Business to lower our carbon footprint as much as possible. We had started involving carbon information for our staff & learners – now we feel we can move this forward to a higher more informative level. Thanks for all your help!”

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'”

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Designworks are a full-service agency providing web and app development, branding, marketing and design. They have the ability to handle all your marketing requirements will save you time and money, ensures consistency and provide you with a comprehensive marketing strategy.

Green Small Business supported Designworks with the development of a simple, easy-to-manage environmental management system (EMS). This captured all of their ongoing action to manage their environmental impacts, as well as identifying additional action that can be taken in the future. The Green Small Business portal provides them with a straightforward online platform for tracking their progress and accessing advice and resources.

“Green Small Business certification will help decrease both the company’s and supply chain’s carbon footprint and it provides the credentials to support and develop our environmental policy.”

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Park Cliffe

Park Cliffe is an award winning holiday park in the heart of The Lake District. Located 3 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Park offers a peaceful, tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park is in a world of its own with absolutely stunning views over lake Windermere and the fells and mountains beyond – Lake District camping at its best!

Green Small Business worked with the team at Park Cliffe to produce a simple environmental management system. This will provide them with a clear structure for their ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible.

“Green Small Business have helped us formalise an environmental action plan which enables our team to focus on relevant issues across our business and will demonstrate to our customers our approach to caring for our planet. We hope that our approach will inspire our customers to join that journey themselves.”