SMEs in Newcastle commit to sustainability scheme

Small businesses based in and around Newcastle have become signaturies of a scheme designed to boost sustainability on the high street.

A handful of independent businesses, including retailers, sole traders and social enterprises have signed up for the Green Street Pioneers Scheme to help reduce their impact on the planet.

The scheme offers grants, advice and support on how businesses can champion sustainability among their consumer-bases.

Around 25 employers have signed the initiative so far – each of which is provided with a ‘green opportunity’ review, carried out by Green Street.

Participants are also offered a grant of circa £1,000 to help financially support their sustainability efforts, as well as guidance and training around energy consumption, waste and how to stock ‘greener’ products in their stores.

Businesses will also be given a sticker-like badge to place in their windows to show their commitment to meeting sustainability goals.

Green Street founder, Victoria Robertshaw said: “By embracing Green Street’s philosophy and expertise we are already seeing the benefits across all the pioneers.

“As more businesses join Green Street Pioneers, shoppers will learn to recognise the badge and know they are supporting a business which is taking positive steps to reducing their carbon footprint.”

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