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Is ISO 14001 good for small businesses?

Already fed up with ISO 14001 or convinced it’s not for you? Skip the article and go straight to downloading our free guide to the alternative approach! Otherwise, read on…   ISO 14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems. Many small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are certified to… Read more

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Green builder gets environmental recognition they deserve

With an electric car, van-sharing scheme, commitment to sustainable sourcing of materials, processes in place to minimise on-site waste and more, London-based builder Lamabuild have firm green credentials. Going through the Green Small Business process allowed a clear structure to be developed for addressing all of the key environmental impacts… Read more

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Baking with a conscience

Lisa Smith, the owner of Ginger Bakers, understands that being kind to the environment is not just good for her conscience but good for her business too. Lisa said: “We decided to do it because it’s a good thing for the business. Hopefully it will save on costs and we want… Read more

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Environmental certification helps meet Big Lottery Fund and EU funding requirements

Green Small Business has recently had the immense pleasure of working with six inspirational charities to help them meet Big Lottery and EU funding requirements. All six were part of a project funded through the Building Better Opportunities programme, run by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund, which is… Read more

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British glove maker gains Green Small Business certification

Southcombe Gloves, based in the South West of England, has been supplying, designing and manufacturing gloves since 1847. A fifth-generation family-owned and run company, they take their environmental responsibilities seriously and were keen to demonstrate that to their customers. Green Small Business certification provided them with an opportunity to do… Read more

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Green certification for arts organisations

We are oh so very excited to announce that LIFT, the London International Festival of Theatre, is the latest organisation to achieve Green Small Business certification. They might be a ‘small’ team but they deliver one of the most important events in the British arts scene, with an influence that… Read more

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Wooden badge maker gets Green Small Business certified

Bough to Beauty Bespoke make beautiful bespoke oak badges. At a time when the impacts of plastics waste are gaining a higher profile than ever, this is a business which is definitely ‘of it’s time’. Environmental sustainability is at the core of the business and their badges help a huge number… Read more

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Landscape architecture practice gets Green Small Business certification

Outerspace aim to create stunning and meaningful landscape architecture and have had a long-standing focus on sustainability, both within their own practice and in the design of schemes for clients. In all of their schemes they seek to balance the needs of people and biodiversity. Through preparing a Green Small Business environmental… Read more

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The Global Goals for Small Business Sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 Global Goals, spearheaded by the United Nations to transform the world around a common agenda for sustainable development. The goals provide a framework for formulating responses to the worlds most pressing challenges – from climate action to gender equality, life below water… Read more

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First Steps to Environmental Management

Before you launch in to thinking about lighting, recycling and everything else that might need to be part of your approach to environmental management, there are three essential steps to take. Step One. Make sure senior management are committed and engaged. If you’re the boss or you’re a sole trader,… Read more

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Environmental Management – Why Bother?

If you run a small business or other type of small organisation, your time is precious. Simply doing the basics can be a big enough challenge from day-to-day. Thinking about managing your environmental impacts may feel like a tall order but here’s five reasons why it’s a very smart business… Read more

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Sustainable Business – The Patagonia Story

“Anyone who thinks you can have infinite growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist” (Kenneth Boulding) Let My People Go Surfing is Yvon Chouinard’s story of outdoor equipment brand Patagonia. It is, as Naomi Klein puts it in her Foreword, the story of “a sincere… Read more

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FREE LAUNCH OFFER

Green Small Business is now live and we have already started preparing low-cost, low-stress environmental management systems for small businesses. Our mission is simple: To help small businesses and small organisations everywhere to look after the environment and improve their bottom line. And to celebrate our launch, 5 lucky small… Read more