Posted on 10th June 2022
Category: News

Businesses are wanting to become more sustainable for a variety of reasons, from wanting to make a positive impact on the environment to using it as a way of driving business growth and their bottom-line. However, for many business owners, it can be difficult to know where to start. This is where fully-funded skills training, such as that offered by the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme, can help.

Some benefits of being a more sustainable business

  • Cost savings: By using less energy or switching to different energy sources, your business will often need to spend less on overheads and production costs. Additionally, implementing measures such as reusing and recycling materials and reducing your use of plastic will help to decrease your business’s outgoings.
  • Future proofing: Going green could save you a significant amount of money down the line, as there is the very real possibility that the government or industry bodies will enforce specific green provisions and regulations, such as the need to reduce carbon emissions. By committing your business’ sustainability now, you are also making an investment in its future. What’s more, SSW can cover that initial cost for you, making it a win-win situation.
  • Build reputation: As well as helping you to save money, many customers are now more likely to buy from businesses who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Moving to a more environmentally friendly business model can therefore boost your brand image with your customers and give you an edge over your competitors, resulting in increased sales volumes and boosting revenue.
  • Improve employee morale: Staff have shown an increased sense of loyalty and pride when working for a business that has strong environmental leanings, so not only will your staff be more motivated and efficient while at work, they’re also likely to stay with your company for longer.
  • Stand out in procurement: Many procurement opportunities now require applicants to demonstrate their commitment to improving the environment in terms of policies, plans and working practices. Being more sustainable within your business can put you at a significant advantage during the tendering Process.