The Sustainable Business Partnership (SBP) offers a range of communications, advice, training, events and support to promote the business case for sustainable best practice, and encourage businesses to adopt this approach.
The SBP runs the Sustainable Business Network, a quarterly meeting of like-minded businesses to explore different sustainability-related themes such as energy efficiency, waste minimisation, green marketing and supply chain management. The SBP also promotes the positive business benefits that action on environmental, social and economic impacts can bring. Events combine presentations, case studies, workshops and networking opportunities.
The programme is delivered through engagement with a wide range of both public and private stakeholders and partner organisations, local, regional and national, including local authorities, environmental consultants, business link, government agencies, businesses and various specialist support organisations. It seeks to engage with all businesses, but particularly SMEs, and places great emphasis on business-to-business learning and the sharing of best practice.
All of the SBP’s services are entirely free to businesses.
Other activities include:
Sustainable Business Awards – showcasing finest examples of local best practice
Communications: website, monthly e-mag
Business mentoring scheme
Individual advice and support
Specialist / themed events
Collaborative projects with local and regional partners
Full details on all of the SBPs ongoing and recent activity available at www.the-sbp.co.uk (link opens a new window).
The SBP works closely with a wide range of partners and contributes to many other local programmes in order to assist with coordination of activity across the sector. It has seats on many boards, steering groups and committees including Hampshire Economic Partnership, SEEMG, Climate South East, South East Sustainable Business Steering Group, SESBP, Portsmouth Sustainability Action Group, WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change).
An extensive database of local suppliers of environmental products, services and technologies, further supporting development of the local sustainability sector through stimulated demand amongst businesses.
The programme is strategically aligned with various local, regional and national objectives such as South East England Deveopment Agency’s (SEEDA) Regional Economic Strategy, Local Area Agreements, Push Business Plan, Business Support Simplification Programme.