The head of the West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service has urged firms in the region to commit to sustainability.
MAS-West Midlands chief executive and The Birmingham Post columnist David Wright said he believed that growing problems with rising energy costs, tighter customer pressure and burgeoning environmental legislation had to be met head-on and turned into a positive on the bottom line if firms were to succeed.
Mr Wright will be talking further on the issue at the launch of a series of new seminars that have been tailored to provide companies with a guide to becoming sustainable to boost performance and profits.
The free breakfast seminars take place at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke on Tuesday October 21, the National Metal Forming Centre in West Bromwich on October 22 and Oak Tree Conference Centre in Coventry on October 23.
In addition to MAS-WM, the seminars will feature keynote addresses from Action Sustainability, Envirowise, the Carbon Trust and Groundwork EBS.
“There has been so much media speculation about the issue of sustainability that many manufacturers only see it as an additional cost to their business – this is simply not the case,” said Mr Wright.
“When our specialist manufacturing advisers are out visiting firms and they actually get to sit the management team down and explain the benefits, the response is completely different and this is what we are hoping to achieve with this event.”
“We’ve got four of the leading specialists giving interactive presentations and this will hopefully eradicate the confusion amongst management teams leaving them free to focus on profitability,” he added.
The first part will be on sustainable procurement and the importance for smaller companies to employ best practice processes to fit in with larger organisations wanting to be environmentally friendly.
This will be followed by an Envirowise speech on the support available to help firms increase profits by minimising waste and then Groundwork EBS will look at the benefits of implementing an Environmental Management System as a means of securing competitive advantage.
“One of the hottest topics set to be discussed will be the Energy Efficiency Loans from the Carbon Trust, which represent a truly cost effective way to replace or upgrade existing equipment,” said Mr Wright.
“Being more energy efficient equates to lower operating costs and ensures the business is doing ‘its’ bit for carbon emissions and climate change.
‘‘The fact you can access an interest-free loan of up to £200,000 is just the incentive manufacturers need in these tough economic times.”
The free events start at 7.30am and to register firms should contact 01902 838300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.