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13 Oct 2021

According to UK Finance, 'The new £100 limit is designed to balance security, convenience and consumer demand."

11 Oct 2021

With current incentives andfunding grants in place employers taking on new apprentices could receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

11 Oct 2021

Your Business Journey to Net Zero, is a series of locally focused virtual events, designed to help small businesses who want to play theirpart in climate change, but don't know where is best...

8 Oct 2021

TheDepartment for Transport have asked the ACT to remind all businesses participating in the Fix Your Bike voucher scheme that all vouchers assigned to your business will expire on 31st...

7 Oct 2021

Independentretailers are urged to write to their MPs ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which is expected to include a review of business rates.

6 Oct 2021

Come along to this practical online workshop and you'll take a fresh look at the resources flowing through your business and identify opportunities to increase your profits.

6 Oct 2021

The government will be introducing compulsory Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) a year later than planned

30 Sep 2021

Members across the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) have reported an increase in scam emails and fraud attempts experienced by retailers.

27 Sep 2021

IRC member BIRA, together with Starling Bank are working on a news story to share the positive experiences independent retailers have encountered since lockdown ended.

27 Sep 2021

Northern Ireland's high street voucher scheme is now open to everyone aged 18 and over to apply online for a £100 "spend local" card to use inshops before the end of November.

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The planet friendly guide for small businesses

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Green cutleryStreet is a guide to helping smaller retailers & hospitality businesses work together to slash their carbon footprint and become more sustainable as quickly as possible.

Green Street know what it's like to be a small business - you have no time and you need to be an expert in everything. But, there are only so many balls you can juggle. We all know we need to be more sustainable, but where do we start, and what should we do?

So, Green Street have kept it as simple as possible. The Planet-friendly Guide has around 30 practical actions you can take, grouped under six easy-to-remember principles. Start doing these, and you'll make a difference to your business, your customers, your community and our planet.

How it helps you

Green Street have also chosen some actions based on the real-life experiences of retailers and people who have already tried to make their businesses greener.

If you do want to find out more about a particular action we have suggested some websites which you can look at as well as some examples of good things which other companies are doing.

Green Street have kept it simple and jargon free - our aim is that you don't need to use Google at all to understand what you need to do. Just in case, we have included a friendly jargon buster to help you work out some of the many technical terms that sometimes make this area difficult to understand.

Importantly, more and more people are looking to make personal changes so they can live more sustainably, and they are looking for companies to help them with this. The COVID pandemic has helped, not hindered, this desire - for instance, a poll at the end of 2020 found that 65% of people plan to be more mindful of the impact of their purchases, and yet half of UK consumers do not trust the product-related claims of companies at face value.

So Green Street believe that becoming greener will help you not only cut costs, but also increase sales as more people look for shops and businesses to help them live sustainable lives. We hope this Planet-friendly guide helps you take your next steps in doing just that for your customers.

The six planet friendly principles

The six planet friendly principles will help you navigate through our planet-friendly guide. Each principle has its own information and a set of actions you can take to help you make your business greener. Each action has guidance on what to do, how it will help your business thrive and where to go for extra help if you need it.

Just click on a principle to get started.

  1. Save energy and switch to renewables
  2. Minimise packaging
  3. Recycle and reuse
  4. Offer greener choices
  5. Work together
  6. Share what you learn
Find out more about the planet friendly guide here.

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