A bid to help businesses of all sizes across the Marches area to reduce their environmental impacts and make better use of resources has been unveiled.
Firms throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire are being encouraged to take part in a major new survey which will help to identify what action is being taken, what steps are planned and what help is needed to ensure businesses can make the biggest change to both their costs and their carbon footprint.
The move will inform future work to make sure that expert support and advice can be focused on the main issues facing organisations.
Patricia Head, of the Marches Environmental Technologies Network (metnet), which is behind the survey, explained: “Every business has an eye to its environmental responsibilities now but this is an always-evolving area where new ways of measuring and managing resource use continue to emerge.
“By getting a clear picture of what businesses are currently doing and what they plan to do, we can see where there might be gaps in knowledge or awareness and how those holes can be effectively filled with high quality advice and support.
“The more businesses we can encourage to take just a few minutes to share their thoughts with us, the more impact we will be able to have in this area in the future.”
The survey, which has been designed by Innovas Consulting, is intended to take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will build a wide picture of how resources are being managed and carbon footprints reduced across the region. The project is being funded by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, which are part of that, along with Worcestershire County Council.
Ms Head explained: “No matter how diligently a company is approaching its resource use, there's always more to learn by sharing knowledge and experience. This is a really important survey that will inform how we approach this topic for some years to come, so we are very keen to get the best response we can.
“At the same time we are carrying out a similar exercise with the businesses that provide support in resource management and environmental technology so that we can link their knowledge directly to the organisations which can make use of it. In that way, everyone benefits.”
The survey can be found online at http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/QwQNjVMW and will remain open until October 30th.