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Staffordshire Business & Environmental Network

sben Newsletter

       August 2023 edition


sben events coming soon 

Carbon Literacy

 Carbon Literacy Training

"Highly engaging. Lots of though-provoking discussions. I would highly recommend this" Elliott Lancaster MBE, Utter Rubbish Ltd, Founder & Director

We are pleased to announce two new fully funded Carbon Literacy Training courses.  The following courses are now available and you can register your interest on the sben website

27th September 2023 in person/face to face event 8.30am until 5.30pm at Stafford Rugby Club.

17th & 18th October 2023 on-line event 9.00/9.15am IT check with a 9.30am start and finishing at 1.30pm.

Please note: our online CLT courses are for two four-hour morning sessions on consecutive days.

Available to all Staffordshire businesses (excludes Stoke-on-Trent area) 

The Green Solutions Carbon Literacy Training is funded by Stafford Borough Council & South Staffs Council using UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and Staffordshire County Council.


FREE sben members event – Working demonstration of our Carbon Tracker tool

  • 28th September 2023, 11:50am - 1pm
  • Venue:online via MS Teams

Join us to hear from Juhi Bhatia, our Environmental Projects Officer who will talk you through a demonstration of how to measure and monitor your Carbon Footprint with our Carbon Tracker tool – this event is FREE for sben members.

For more information and to book your place - visit our website

Partner events coming soon

The Globe CIC Climate Expo - Chris Packham

Climate Expo and Sustainability Conference 2023 – with Key Speaker Chris Packham

22nd September 2023, 10:00am - 4pm

Returning for it’s second year, the Climate Expo is a Midland’s based exhibition for organisations to network, learn, collaborate and share successes in working towards net zero, sustainable development and climate innovation.

Following the success of last year’s event, join us for an expanded exhibition, take part in workshops and hear from a range of speakers, to show the best in innovation, collaboration and ingenuity in sustainability and climate action. The event will host exhibitors, innovative demonstrations, workshops and the prestigious speaker hall, with panel debates and speakers from across central government, industry and well-known environmental personalities.

It is FREE to attend, but with over 1000 delegates expected, you are advised to book your tickets early.  You can register for your place via Ticket Tailor. 


The event has been developed to suit multi-industry interests, welcoming industry, public sector and third sector professionals from all different backgrounds, as every role has a part to play in helping to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

STANDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO BOOK, if you are keen for your organisation to exhibit at the expo, please book a stand via Climate Expo


     Soft Skills in the 

Green Economy

What people skills and leadership skills do
businesses think will be essential to thrive in the green industry?

Earlier this summer, Wayvie carried out some research into the critical soft skills that business and teams in the green industry feel are critical to their success. Here is the insight report they have produced as a result of all the contributions: soft skills in the green economy.

Within it you’ll find important soft skills insights when it comes to:

🔎 Critical characteristics employers are looking for

🔎 Skills that drive delivery

🔎 Barriers to overcome

🔎 What’s important when it comes to recruitment and retention


Empower Your Green Journey with Accredited Open Courses – special offer for sben members!

Wayvie is the UK’s number one provider of soft skills to the green industry. We commit to helping people be brilliant in all that they do.

🌍 You want to leave a green legacy – and make a positive, lasting difference to our planet.

🔅 Are your people being brilliant in all that they do?

We’re running the following open CPD accredited courses in central Manchester in October 2023 and are offering members of SBEN a 20% discount using SBEN20, if booked before 8 September 2023:

For more information visit our website  

or  click here open Courses | wayvie to book direct, or if you’d like an informal chat, please contact



The LCBEP 7 year success story

Over the past 7 years Staffordshire County Council’s Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP) in partnership with Staffordshire Business and Environment Network (SBEN) has supported over 350 businesses with FREE energy efficiency reviews and provided grants to over 145 companies.

The programme which was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Midlands Engine is estimated to have reduced carbon emissions by over 2,250 tonnes annually.

For more information on how the businesses have benefitted please see the Staffordshire County Council press release. 


Due to the success of our Carbon Tracker & Environmental Sustainability GROWTHmapper projects we are pleased to announce that both  programmes have now been extended until 2025!

Please visit our website for more information and eligibility.

Feedback case study on Environmental Sustainability GROWTHmapper.

Lovely to hear positive feedback from Staffordshire businesses proactively achieving decarbonisation. We recently visited Wells Plastics Ltd for a  catch-up with Michael Spight. The team at Wells Plastics completed the Sustainability GROWTHmapper diagnostics and they are continuing on various net zero projects identified by the GROWTHmapper tool. It’s been fantastic working with Michael Spight and a great learning experience. Congratulations!

The funding program is delivered by Staffordshire Business and Environment Network/ Staffordshire County Council and Oxford Innovation who developed the GROWTHmapper tool.

Start your journey to Net Zero with our Carbon Tracker tool!

How Carbon Tracker works

Carbon Tracker is a simple, easy to use online tool, that calculates your organisations carbon emissions. To complete the tool, you input a full year’s data including the following:

·         Electricity consumption

·         Gas consumption

·         Fuel use (fuel oil, diesel (DERV and red diesel), petrol, LPG)

·         Biomass (wood pellets, chips, logs)

·         Water consumption

·         Company ‘fleet’ travel, include owned/leased vehicles

·         Employee ‘grey fleet’ and other travel

·         Electricity Generation

The tool uses the UK government ‘carbon factors’ to calculate carbon emissions from the data you enter. It has been developed to include the reporting information required by the UK government Environmental Reporting Guidelines: Including streamlined energy and carbon reporting guidance.

Check out our website for eligibility and details on how to apply!


The latest legal update from ESP Ltd is now available for sben members to download via the members area of our website.  If you have not received a copy or are unable to access via the members area please contact us.

This is an interesting read and covers important changes to Legislation, News, Legal Cases & Consultations.

COBRA - Free to access at Staffordshire Libraries


COBRA: Complete Business Reference Advisor Now Available!

 COBRA contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business or if you are thinking of working for yourself.

Log on and find more than 4,000 factsheets, sector guides, market reports, local area profiles, contacts and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business.

Ideal for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market.

COBRA is free to use on Library PCs at our Library Free Online Resources page. If you wish to access COBRA from home you will need to log in  with your Library Card Number.

It is FREE to join Staffordshire Libraries and you can do so in person at any one of our 43 sites or online here:

For information on Staffordshire County Councils start up loans please take a look at their website 0% Start-up loans - Staffordshire County Council

More community funding to help tackle climate change .

Climate change

Charities, societies, voluntary and community groups, parish councils and schools can benefit from this funding for projects that help tackle climate change or protect the environment - from Staffordshire County Council.

Please click on the link below for more information:

More community funding to help tackle climate change - Staffordshire County Council Newsroom


Climate Change Survey
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