Small businesses invited to take part in ‘green’ competition

The best entries will win a £4.5K package of business support

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The government’s initiative Together for our Planet has launched a green competition that will give gives businesses the chance to win a tailored package of business support worth £4,500.

The scheme has teamed up with BT, NatWest and SSE to launch what they call “The Heroes of Net Zero”, a competition that aims to find small firms taking innovative steps to cut emissions.

The best entries will be invited to attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, where the winners will receive the prize.

The prize includes 21 hours of consultancy with an energy manager from SSE, six hours of NatWest mentoring and up to £1,000 in vouchers for advertising support from BT.

Nikki Flanders, Managing Director of SSE’s Customer Business, said: “For the UK to meet its net zero targets, it’s important that businesses of all sizes are empowered and inspired to take action and make sustainable choices.

“The Heroes of Net Zero competition is a great way to celebrate success as small businesses seek to advance their net zero journeys. SSE’s prize will reward the winners and help to accelerate their progress.”

Pete Oliver, Managing Director of SME at BT, said: “We believe all businesses, large and small, have an important role to play in reducing worldwide carbon emissions, so we’re also urging our small business suppliers and customers to join us on the journey to net zero by signing up to the UK Business Climate Hub.”

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