Westmorland & Furness Organisations go Lean and Green, with the W & F Green Enterprise Hub

The Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub has launched a platform showcasing the success stories of organisations that have received its support, offering inspiration for the upcoming Great Big Green Week from June 8th to 16th.

The Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub is open to any industry sector, including the third sector, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and transport to name a few. It is being led by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) as part of an innovative delivery partnership, with support from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Westmorland and Furness Council. The W & F Green Enterprise Hub has received £571,359 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


It’s a chance for both businesses and social enterprises to receive free or subsidised tailored advice, training and support, making the move to low carbon practices and technologies more affordable.


The theme of this years Great Big Green Week is “Let’s swap together for good” and Cumbria Action for Sustainability hopes that local organisations will be inspired by the low carbon swaps the businesses supported by the Hub have made.


Project Manager at Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Zoe Hebblethwaite, says, “Its great to hear some of the real success stories from the organisations we have worked with. The small grants scheme alone has supported over 30 businesses and has helped them to potentially save an estimated 270 tonnes CO2e, annually”

She goes on to say “As summer is approaching and energy costs decrease, saving energy might not seem as urgent. However, now is the time that organisations should start planning for next winter. Our subsidised energy audits and other support are an ideal way of getting started. We really hope these success stories will inspire other people to make some positive swaps, in line with Great Big Green Week.”

The Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub helpdesk is open Monday-Friday 9-5pm. It provides initial advice to organisations about potential carbon reduction measures, and which of the hub’s free and subsidised support options would be most helpful for them.   The hub helpdesk can be contacted by telephone: 01768 210 276 or email: greenhub@cafs.org.uk.

You can read the inspirational success stories at W&F Green Enterprise Hub – Success Stories (cafs.org.uk)

The final round of the Hub’s small grants fund has also just re-opened. Businesses can apply for up to 70% of project costs to help decarbonise. Applications for the small grants scheme are now open at W&F Green Enterprise Hub – Cumbria Growth Hub

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