Telford-based businesses have saved £1.2 million in business costs while 'keeping it green' with the help and advice of leading environmental support group Business Environmental Support Scheme Telford.
In the last two years 67 businesses have benefited from the advice of the BESST group which facilitates environmental meetings and networking events, helping businesses to share best practice.
Fourteen businesses reaped financial benefits by reducing and re using packaging, implementing energy efficient products, and reducing waste to landfill.
Andy Whyle, environment officer for Telford-based Ricoh and chair of BESST said: "We can really be proud of BESST. A huge diversity of businesses have joined - we're a true business-led initiative, which means we grew out of a real need to look at environmental impact and spiralling energy and environmental costs.
"We are now driving home the message to Telford that environmental improvements to your company are synonymous with measurable benefits to your bottom line. And people are really starting to take on board our message."
Since inception, BESST has run a number of successful events, pooling knowledge and best practice to target issues currently high on the business agenda. Recent events have focused on the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programmes and the new Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
Sarah Raper, Chief Executive of Transforming Telford said: "The work BESST does is crucial to taking Telford forward and building a sustainable environment. By working in partnership, Telford businesses can benefit from gaining valuable advice from experts and draw upon best practice."
The BESST Group is a partnership between local private sector businesses including Maxell, Ricoh, Denso, Epson and Telford Extrusions and supported by Transforming Telford. BESST offers free advice to all focusing on resource efficiency and waste minimisation.
For further information visit www.telfordbesst.co.uk or contact Amy Regler at Transforming Telford on 01952 567564 or email email@example.com
++A survey of the UK's leading companies has found that the majority are measuring and publicly reporting their carbon emissions.
Business in the Community's Environment Index was completed by 155 companies, and in a question which assessed whether they measured, centrally aggregated and publicly reported their impact on climate change, companies scored an average of 94/100. This is an increase in score of 16 per cent from 2006.
The results reveal an encouraging trend. 'Going public' with carbon statistics indicates a company's confidence in the robustness of its data, which in turn demonstrates a serious commitment to tackling climate change.
Jim Haywood, environment director at Business in the Community said: "Businesses are increasingly regarding climate change as an economic issue, and recognising that measuring, publicly reporting, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions can bring genuine business opportunities.
''But there is more that business can do, and more businesses that need to be involved, particularly by working through the supply chain."