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12-02-2010 HOW CAN ECO DESIGN HELP IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT?
With businesses continuing to feel the effects of the economic downturn, there is no better time to investigate the significant benefits that sustainable design can bring.
12-02-2010 GREEN PROCUREMENT KEY TO FUTURE-PROOFING BUSINESSES
The recession has encouraged many business owners to review their procurement policy in a bid to identify cost savings. Green procurement , which essentially means buying products and services based on specific sustainability criteria, not only helps to significantly lower operational costs but also enables companies to reduce their impact on the environment. With suppliers, clients and consumers all becoming more environmentally conscious, green procurement could help provide a significant commercial advantage, not to mention help future-proof operations.
12-02-2010 GREENING THE OFFICE
Envirowise experience has shown that office-based businesses could save as much as 250 pounds per employee per year by taking steps to reduce their use of water, energy and consumables such as paper and packaging. Plus, taking action need not be as costly or time-consuming as some business owners may anticipate - there are a range of quick wins with long-term benefits.
12-02-2010 BUSINESS TO BUSINESS CLUB TO HELP IMPROVE RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
It is widely acknowledged that small businesses looking to improve resource efficiency will often benefit from adopting an environmental management system (EMS). However, more often than not, they lack the knowledge, understanding and time to implement such a system unaided. An environmental management system can help a company identify cost saving opportunities, ensure compliance with relevant legislation, meet the requirements of key customers and reduce the organisations impact on the environment.
05-02-2010 WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
A formal Environmental Management System (EMS) can provide a company with a recognisable framework through which its environmental performance can be monitored, improved and controlled. This not only increases the commitment for environmental improvement across the company, but also identifies opportunities for improvements and cost savings on an ongoing basis. It also paves the way for environmental accreditation, which can be a real boost to the company
05-02-2010 RAISING AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Despite signs that the economy is starting to recover , it is still an imperative for businesses to maintain rigorous cost efficiencies in the year ahead. For many, one of the best ways to reduce operational costs is through improved resource efficiency. As well as prompting cost efficiencies, effective management of resources will help improve client and supplier relationships as well as lead to external accreditation if a system is implemented well.
29-01-2010 BUSINESS AND PEAK OIL
Have you ever considered the impact that poor time keeping has on your business? Have you ever considered the impact that a lack of control on product costs can have? Have you ever worried about staff motivation and how to maintain the highest of standards in both Customer Service and Output? These are questions that as a business owner or manager you will face on a regular, perhaps even daily basis. You take every effort to make sure that your business is secure both financially and physically and yet there are issues that will impact on the day to day and longer term operation of your business that you may not have considered.
29-01-2010 THE BRADFORD FACTOR
The Bradford Factor is a method of calculating absence in order to put a weighting on the absence. For example; a Company will probably be more concerned (and experience more disruption) from frequent odd days sickness, that an employee who has one period of absence for a week.
29-01-2010 MANAGING ABSENCE - REDUCING AND PREVENTING ABSENCE
Absence is a cost for any business - both financially and operationally - and therefore reducing and preventing absence makes good commercial sense.
29-01-2010 THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS - WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM 2009?
2010 broke with ice and snow, with airports, rail services and roads all disrupted as we appeared to be getting our seasons back with a vengeance. A very different year from 2009. For the business community, 2009 was a year of global financial crisis with repercussions that travelled all the way down to the smallest company and affected even those large corporates who thought they were recession-proof. It was also a year that showed the promise of a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable economy
26-01-2010 CARBON TRUST LOAN SCHEME
With the launch of the Big Business Refit campaign in September 2009, the Carbon Trust aims to help businesses to scrap their old power-guzzling equipment and replace it with new equipment that
26-01-2010 TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS FROM THE CARBON TRUST
Top energy saving and cost cutting tips from The Carbon Trust.
26-01-2010 ABOUT THE CARBON TRUST
The Carbon Trust is an independent company set up in 2001 by Government in response to the threat of climate change, to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust works with organisations to reduce carbon emissions by providing businesses and the public sector with expert advice, finance and accreditation to help them reduce their carbon footprint and to stimulate demand for low carbon products and services.
26-01-2010 EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING
TimeBank ( www.timebank.org.uk ) is a registered national charity that tackles social issues by encouraging and inspiring people to give their time for free to volunteering projects, either through their company
26-01-2010 THE MOVEEASY NETWORK AND BENEFITS
The vision of the MoveEasy Network is to: encourage all organisations in Southend to travel more sustainably through heightening peoples awareness of available sustainable travel options.
26-01-2010 THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS PROGRAMME (NISP)
Sustainable development is often conceptualised as having three dimensions or pillars: environment, economy and society. In the last five years the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) has delivered significant benefits to all three.
22-01-2010 HEALTH AND SAFETY - PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT!
Responsible businesses need to take account of Profit, People and the Planet and, despite some peoples views about profit being a dirty word, that is the order of importance. If you dont make a profit you cant look after your people, in fact, its the only way to safeguard both the people in your organisation and the planet on which we live and work. If you are not making a profit (or an operating surplus), you will be focused on fire-fighting and that usually results in making do, rather than good practice. It certainly does not allow for training your people in how to look after themselves, let alone their planet.
13-01-2010 ECO-DESIGN: IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AND CUTTING COSTS
Jenni Rosser, Envirowise eco design specialist, discusses the benefits of eco-design and how it can help manufacturers improve their environmental performance and cut costs. With businesses continuing to feel the effects of the economic downturn, there is no better time to investigate the potential benefits that more sustainable design can bring.
13-01-2010 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: CUTTING COSTS WITHOUT CUTTING CORNERS
Challenging economic conditions are highlighting the need for construction companies across the UK to reassess their resource efficiency and identify where cost savings can be made. Envirowise Construction Specialist, Chris Hodgson, discusses how companies can cut their costs with the help of a free guide.
13-01-2010 WATER: WHY AND HOW TO REDUCE USAGE
In todays financial climate, reducing costs is vital to any business. Water use is one area where savings can be made as Envirowise estimates that businesses could reduce their water bills by as much as a third if they were to take steps to manage water more effectively. In fact, UK companies collectively could be missing out on savings worth around

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