Wandsworth Council encourage businesses to go green and cut costs with new initiative


The Greening Business Service provides 12 hours of fully funded support to help eligible businesses reduce their costs.

By Michael Hyneman

Wandsworth businesses are being encouraged to go green in 2013 by making the most of a new service.

The scheme, which aims to help businesses cut costs, will also to help cut down the amount of future maintenance that may be needed on a regular basis.

The Greening Business Service is free of charge for a limited time and will see a trained advisor helping eligible companies to draw up action plans and evaluate certain areas of shops.

For instance, lights can be updated with new LED lights whilst old taps could be replaced, meaning that around 47 litres of water could be saved each year.

As part of the initiative, free cycle racks are available for businesses who want to encourage staff to cycle to and from work.

So far the scheme has proved successful, with a number of businesses claiming to have cut costs by up to £1,000.

Cycle Surgery, a bike shop based in Wandsworth, gave their backing to the idea.

“I don’t see why it’s a bad thing. At the end of the day it’s encouraging people to go green which is always going to be a positive thing,” said staff worker Rich.

Asked whether he felt the idea would interest his manager, Rich added: “I think he would be interested in the scheme but he would need to talk to our head office first. I am not saying for definite as he would need further information about it, but I personally like the sound of it.”

Barking & Dagenham, Kensington & Chelsea, Merton, Richmond and Southwark are also involved in the scheme offering environmental incentives to local businesses by delivering helpful.

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