Have your say in Gloucestershire’s Net Zero journey

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GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub have launched a survey and new support for business leaders to help them cut through the noise, understand what’s needed, and make a start on their own Net Zero pledge.

At 10:07pm on Sunday 13th November 2021, Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference concluded. Inspired by the commitments made at the summit, thousands of businesses around the UK are now gearing up to play their part in the fight against climate change.

If you are in the same boat, but not sure where to start, The Growth Hub is here to help.

Navigating Net Zero

If your Gloucestershire business wants to join the fight against climate change, The Growth Hub wants to hear from you. By providing bespoke, free support – including consultations, signposting, and events (coming in 2022) – The Growth Hub can help local companies get started on their journey towards a more sustainable future.

Delivered by GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub, this support will build on goals set out in the Local Industrial Strategy and will take Gloucestershire one step closer to becoming the greenest county in the UK.

Sarah Danson, Director of Strategic Growth for GFirst LEP and lead for Navigating Net Zero, said:  “Gloucestershire has a fantastic natural heritage and we want to do everything we can to preserve and protect what makes it such a great county to live and work in. We also acknowledge the need to play our part on the national and international stage, in the fight against climate change. Navigating Net Zero is all about making that as easy as possible, so that as many businesses as possible can get on board. Just like our support for EU Exit and COVID-19 over the last two years, we are here to help, support and simplify. Whether you’re a sustainability veteran or a complete novice, we want to hear from you. We need your feedback on what works and doesn’t work, so that we can put the right support in place.”

Have your say

Help The Growth Hub to help your business, by completing the Net Zero survey.

Open to all Gloucestershire based business leaders, GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub want to hear about the challenges of making your company more sustainable. They will take this insight to the Government, to develop more local support for businesses in the county.

Meet the Navigating Net Zero team:

The dedicated team, based across The Growth Hub Network, are on-hand to help business leaders identify the challenges and opportunities presented by Net Zero. Between them they have a vast network of contacts and resources, which they will leverage to help businesses find quick wins, positive steps, and ways to reduce and abolish their carbon footprints.

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie is a sustainable business leader and innovation champion, having supported businesses for 20 years in improving their resource efficiency, reducing their impact, and establishing market differentiators. Andrew was in-house sustainability lead for a multi-award-winning SME and is now sharing his knowledge and experience with a wider audience.



Matt Rigby

Matt Rigby is an experienced senior business leader and change manager, who supports his clients to navigate and overcome tough situations. Having worked with hundreds of Gloucestershire business leaders to help them find their feet throughout Brexit and COVID, he now turns his talent to Net Zero.



Toby Waller

Toby Waller brings 25 years of supply chain experience to the table, including work with offshore teams and international sales. Providing support across Gloucestershire, Toby’s mindset will help signpost businesses looking to improve their understanding on Net Zero.



Sarah Danson

Sarah Danson is a seasoned project manager and leader, who has, for the last decade, played a key role in driving growth in the economy, skills, and employment base of Gloucestershire. She now brings to bear a formidable level of local and national knowledge, in pursuit of a truly Net Zero future for Gloucestershire.



How do I get started?

The Growth Hub is offering support to businesses every step of the way throughout their Net Zero journey.

Firstly, have your say. Complete the Net Zero survey to share the barriers you face going green, and what support your business needs the most.

GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub are challenging every business in Gloucestershire to join their peers around the UK in making a climate change commitment at the SME Climate Hub. Once signed up, businesses will have access to the government’s tools, ideas, and incentives to help meet your pledge.

And finally, get in touch with The Growth Hub directly. To speak to a member of the dedicated Net Zero team, email: netzero@thegrowthhub.biz or visit: www.thegrowthhub.biz/netzero for more information.

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