Free resource efficiency support, and capital funding available in West Yorkshire

  • By S OGDEN
  • 22 Jun, 2017

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership provides a Resource Efficiency Fund, offering free efficiency assessments, hands-on business support and 50% capital grant funding of up to £10,000 to help you save money and resources.

If you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs and minimise your impact on the environment, then the Resource Efficiency Fund could help. The fund provides financial support and advice for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business.
Green Gain is one of the LEP's lead delivery partners of the consultancy support available through the Resource Efficiency Fund. To be eligible for support, your business must meet the criteria below.

1. A small or medium sized enterprise (SME), defined as:
  •  having fewer than 250 employees; AND
  • a turnover of under c£40m OR a balance sheet of under c£35m;
  • not being part of a larger group of companies that takes it over this threshold.
2. Based in the Leeds City Region excluding Barnsley, i.e. a trading address in the Leeds City Region.
3. In an eligible sector - this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, and (for grants in particular) those trading directly with consumers- e.g. retail and hospitality.
4. Able to provide evidence of your previous energy and resource consumption, for example your previous utility bills.
To apply for the Resource Efficiency Fund or find to out more contact the LEPs business growth team on:
0113 348 1818 or email:
By S OGDEN 17 Jan, 2018
According to WRAP figures, 1.7 Mt of food waste are generated each year by the UK’s manufacturing companies – some of which is unavoidable, think tomato leaves or egg shells. While these types of manufacturing by-products are often considered a waste, they could generate income, rather than disposal costs. New technologies are now providing interesting alternatives, such as: converting bread waste into pharmaceuticals, potato starch into batteries or household waste into high-value chemicals.

´╗┐Join BDC specialists  to discover how your wastes and by-products could be put to good use. Working in a close group of no more than five companies this intensive, practical workshop will provide an opportunity for you to:
  • Explore how to derive value from your bio-based wastes and by-products with help from BDC experts
  • Consider different options for converting waste to products, and compare the potential revenue and reduced costs associated with those options
  • Learn how to use the “Value from Waste and By-Products” analysis tool, for developing ideas into commercial propositions; designed to:
  • Help companies compare and decide between different value from waste options
  • Provide a structured process for building a business case by evaluating the technical,
  • commercial and business parameters for each option
  • Find out about additional support and funding available and plan your next steps to make feasible ideas happen
What you will take away?
  • Understanding of possible routes to derive value from your wastes and by-products
  • The analysis tool, and how to use it
  • Knowledge of support and funding available
  • An action plan for moving forwards
  • Eligible attendees will also receive a £500 voucher to continue their evaluation with BDC staff (details below)
Who should attend?
  • Companies with a bio-based waste stream that incurs disposal costs, or generates little or no revenue.
  • The person responsible for any or all of the following:
    o Waste management
    o Sustainability
    o Lean or continuous improvements
    o R&D/technology
    o Facility Managers
Yorkshire businesses: pre-funded (+ £200 VAT)
For many local companies, this workshop is pre-funded through our ERDF Project. Use the registration button to send us your details - our team will be in touch to confirm your eligibility for a funded spot based on your company size ( ~ up to 250 employees) and location (based on York, North Yorkshire and East Riding or Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership areas).

Large or non-Yorkshire businesses: £1000 (+ £200 VAT)
If you are part of a larger organisation, or based outside of Yorkshire, but would like to attend, please use the registration button to send us your details. We will find a solution for you, which may be joining an existing date, or alternatively hosting a tailored event for your company.

To register, please visit the following link:

By A Robb 08 Dec, 2017

Through funding from WRAP Cymru, Green Gain is currently providing support to EcoKeg who have developed a  new green and sustainable means of dispensing beer ´╗┐. The EcoKeg range of recyclable, beverage containers are specifically engineered to meet the packaging needs of today’s drinks markets. 

We are providing support to help this company rapidly grow its innovative and sustainable beverage storage range. EcoKeg is learning from the poor quality and product failures of a number of its competitors and its range of sustainable keg products are regarded as market-leading, in terms of quality and functionality.

 So what makes the EcoKeg beverage containers such game-changers?

The EcoKegs:

  • closely replicate a steel keg, and are compatible with the tap / dispensing systems used by pubs and bars.
  • have a unique, patented HDPE construction that makes them the only fully-recyclable keg on the market. 
  • are fully compatible with automated filling systems used by both brewers and bottlers. 
  • provide balanced pressure fill on semi, or fully-automated lines. 
  • are supplied purged and pressurised for automated through valve filling.
  • one-way PET kegs are produced in a HACCP standard environment and are delivered dry, sterile, CO2-flushed pre-pressurized and ready to fill.
  • have a wide neck for top-filling, as well as spear-filling capability
  • ensure that taste quality is maintained. Independent tests by Diageo Global Beer Technical Centre showed the beer quality is totally comparable when sampled from an EcoKeg and a stainless steel control keg.
  • maintain product freshness, which is considerably improved versus steel kegs.
  • stack-ability increases vehicle payloads and ensures better utilisation of storage space. Total transport costs are reduced by 60% versus steel kegs.
  • have a significantly improved carbon footprint compared to returnable steel kegs.

If that's not enough to convince you, y ou can find more information about the EcoKeg range at their website:


By S OGDEN 26 Sep, 2017

Each year, food manufacturers and processors produce millions of tonnes of food waste – most of which is avoidable or reusable under alternative circumstances. And while much noise has been made over the last few years in regards to curbing food waste, there’s still a lot to be done. According to a report from the Food Waste Alliance, it is estimated that 30% of all food grown worldwide may be lost or wasted. And because of the growing population, global food production will need to increase by 60% by 2050. That means, at this current rate, food waste will increase. While the vast majority of food waste is recycled, donated, or reused by major manufacturers, it would be much more efficient if manufacturers and processors learned how to reduce waste in the first place. This would mitigate the industry’s impact on food sources and improve sustainability at multiple levels of the supply chain.

Food manufacturers play a major role in reversing the food waste trend. This can be done both through influencing supplier and end consumer behaviours, as well as through direct and tangible action. So, how can food manufacturers make a difference and what can help curb this increasing trend.

1. Improve packaging - simply reducing packaging is not always preferable because as packaging is reduced and/or compromised, the likelihood of food spoilage arising increases. Eventually a point is reached at which the negative environmental impact of food wastage outweighs the environmental benefits of using less packaging material. Thus, improvements should include providing clearer expiration date labels, offering better cooking/freezing/thawing instructions and making it easier to dispense food without compromising the remaining unused food in the packaging.

2. Provide better consumer education - food manufacturers should explain about the problem of food waste and provide practical tips for customers looking to reduce their individual impact. This includes controlling portions, learning to properly preserve leftovers and other practical suggestions.

3. Improve the accuracy of forecasting - Many manufacturers unnecessarily waste raw ingredients because of inaccurate forecasting. They assume they need to produce a certain number of products and, therefore, order enough raw ingredients to fulfil these needs. But when they wind up needing less, perishable goods go to waste. With better and more accurate forecasting models, food manufacturers can spend less time guessing and more time maximizing the ingredients they already have.

4. Be strategic with portion sizes - One of the easiest ways to reduce food waste is to curb portion size. Offering customers differing packaged portions is a great way of reducing unnecessary food wastage and also a good way of satisfying varying customer needs.

5. Adopt ERP software - Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business process management software that allows an organisation to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. If a business does not have an ERP solution in place, then its highly likely they are wasting thousands of pounds worth of food without even realising it. With an ERP system, a business can track and analyse shelf life, avoid overstocking, create accurate inventory orders and avoid cross contamination and everything in between.

Food waste does not make good business or environmental sense. In fact, for each tonne of food wasted, WRAP estimate that the true life-cycle cost is £2,800 when you take into account the cost of manufacture, supply, preparation, cooking, service and ultimate disposal is taken into account!

By S OGDEN 14 Aug, 2017
Green Gain provides support to a wide range of businesses to help them to reduce their environmental impacts. We are often asked by businesses we assist whether it is worth investing to carbon footprint their products and/or services.
We thought it would be helpful to provide some insights into carbon footprinting products, to help organisations make informed decisions about pursuing this approach.
  • A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a product. This carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). The carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) allows the different greenhouse gases to be compared on a like-for-like basis relative to one unit of CO2.
  • Carbon footprinting provides information about the impacts and emissions generated across the whole life of a product or service, from the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing right through to its use and final reuse. By breaking down the scales of these impacts across the various production stages, the business then has the knowledge available to prioritise and target further impact reduction. 
  • Products are significant when thinking about the overall impact of an organisation. The vast majority of an organisation’s carbon footprint is typically down to embedded impact or the use phase of the products and packaging that they produce. This impact is determined by the design of the product and packaging. It can account for over 95% of a company’s impacts, yet traditional carbon footprinting tends to focus on site-based impacts. 
  • Customer requirements for lower carbon products are now driving impact reduction across product supply chains. Customers are increasingly seeking independent verification to evidence this reduction in impact. We have found many of our clients driven to explore footprinting when faced with requests for this information in both public and private sector procurement specifications. 
  • As well as being driven by supply chain pressures, carbon footprinting can add value to brand ethos. It is a way to differentiate your products from the competition. 
  • When it comes to carbon footprinting products, Green Gain works closely with our associates, ECO3, who specialise in carbon footprinting products and packaging. Specialist tools have been developed to support this process. The findings enable us to develop measures that then feedback to inform the design process. This approach provides a quantum leap in carbon reduction rather than incremental reduction.
  • Packaging is a significant aspect of most products and our partners at ECO3 have developed a simple to use design and environmental assessment tool for packaging. This compares the environmental impact of different packaging options taking into account carbon footprint, weight, recyclability, recycled content, volumetric efficiency, transit impacts and product/packaging ratio.
  • By working with businesses at the design phase, our ECO3 and Green Gain have managed to save customers millions of pounds and ensure that both their products and packaging are fit for purpose. 
  • For manufacturing SMEs currently operating in Wales, Green Gain is able to offer free consultancy support to increase recycled content in products and packaging – thanks to funding support from WRAP Cymru.
Next steps
For a free consultation to discuss carbon footprinting a product or service, or reviewing product/packaging design please contact Steven Ogden on:
T: 01274 238272 / 07519428475
By S OGDEN 17 Jul, 2017

What is MarketGain™?

This is a low cost, high-value way of marketing and promoting your low-carbon products and services, reaching a market of over 20,000 companies across the UK. From energy efficient lighting, to waste and recycling collections, it is the only online marketing package dedicated to low-carbon products and services.

MarketGain™ will provide you with a monthly digital media campaign run through our own online media portal to promote your proposition to over 20,000 relevant company contacts across a range of (tailored / geographic) sectors including, but not restricted to, the public sector, manufacturing, hospitality, and construction. This campaign will be supplemented by a weekly Twitter feed and Linked-In ‘Product Push’ to over 500 interactive stakeholders from the environment sector to help raise your profile within the market-place.

Our database of over 20,000 contacts is made up primarily of our own contacts and contacts through a professional valued sales-lead expert who achieve an average of 90% accuracy on company details and 80% accuracy on contacts. Our contacts are in senior decision-making roles: Business Directors, Managing Directors and Financial Directors and are updated on a monthly basis. Our analytics will provide you with an overall success rate of the campaign including an ‘open’ and ‘click’ rate (compared with industry averages) and ‘bounces’; with all direct enquires being sent to you directly on receipt, so that you can act promptly to real-time sales leads.

“Green Gain has helped promote and develop sales leads across the UK for a micro-CHP unit we are looking to install in, largely, public sector organisations. Through their support we have successfully developed a sales pipeline that has blossomed into real commercial opportunities”.

Jon Cape, Managing Director, iPower Ltd

The benefits

·      Low-cost market exposure for your low-carbon product or service

·      Access to over 20,000 relevant leads via a trusted environment sector brand

·      Real-time sales lead generation

·      No duplication of competing product listings

·      High quality campaign designs

·      No need for costly referral arrangements

·      Dedicated team with over 35 years’ experience in the green economy.

Next steps

For a free consultation to discuss your low-carbon product or service promotional needs, then please contact Ashley Robb on:

T: 01274 238272 / 07786 248220


By S OGDEN 22 Jun, 2017
If you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs and minimise your impact on the environment, then the Resource Efficiency Fund could help. The fund provides financial support and advice for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business.
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