Inspiring online event presented by Exeter City Futures with support from the Federation of Small Businesses

Last week (Wed 9th March) Exeter City Futures was host to an online event connecting businesses and organisations across Exeter, either having started or wanting to find out more about a journey to net zero. 

The event, supported by FSB Exeter, was attended by representatives of over 20 organisations who shared examples of local initiatives to make businesses, organisations, their working practice and their buildings more sustainable. Mick Green, of FSB Exeter, opened the presentations with a look at how the FSB sustainability hub supports businesses toward net zero, with resources and guides that can be found on their website. 

A slide from Stephens Scowns presentation Credit: Getty Images/AvigatorPhotographer

Carly Mays, Community Engagement Officer for Exeter City Futures said “Exeter’s businesses and organisations are playing a vital role in achieving the city’s 2030 Net Zero targets, and now is a great time to start your journey to net zero. This event opened up discussions and made some real connections for Exeter organisations. We heard from LHC Design and Stephens Scowns Solicitors who shared their in-house sustainability strategies, with inspiring insight into the journey so far and what they are going to do next.” 

ECOE talked about how they can finance renewable and energy efficiency measures for businesses, BCR Associates shared their knowledge on starting the journey to net zero, and Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions highlighted the benefits of conserving water usage for businesses. Attendees considered the challenges for businesses, how they can link up and support each other, and who else they would like to invite support from. 

Mick Green, FSB Exeter said “There were some really inspiring projects shared, and I know that it has given some attendees ideas to take back to their companies and organisations, ready to put a plan in place. It has been really exciting to see how Exeter is moving forward, with a range of initiatives and creative action.” 

Exeter City Futures’ Connect events are part of their Change Makers programme that has been supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to deliver vital work tackling climate change.