Apr 18, 2012 9:29:40 AM

Greening Britain One Business at a Time - Free Sustainability Campaign for SMEs

Planet Positive announces the 7-days to Sustainability campaign supported by Boots, Procserve, IAG, Deloitte and Tesco

London, 17 April 2012 - A new national campaign has been launched by Planet Positive to offer all UK SMEs free sustainability advice. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign will enable SMEs to kick-start their sustainability programmes and experience the business benefits.

There are 4.5million small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, that's 99% of all Britain's enterprises. But when it comes to sustainability the benefits of being green are often being missed .

Steve Malkin, Planet Positive CEO says: "Our goal is to help SMEs experience the business benefits of sustainability, such as saving money, generating new business, engaging employees and, of course, being good for the planet. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is free and provides easy to follow steps to help business become more sustainable."

The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is being supported by corporations who are at the forefront of sustainability such as Tesco, Boots, M&S and Deloitte. SMEs can register for the 7-day programme online on the campaign website www.7days2sustainability.com. The first SMEs will start their 7-day Sustainability programme on Tuesday May 1st and SMEs will participate weekly thereafter for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "Saving energy goes straight to the bottom line, helping businesses save money and increase competitiveness as well as cut carbon. Free help and advice, like the Planet Positive campaign is offering, helps to build businesses on sustainable foundations and reap all the benefits that energy efficiency has to offer."

Business leaders to support the campaign include Willie Walsh (IAG), Paul Polman (Unilever), Ian Cheshire (Kingfisher) and Deborah Meaden from BBC's Dragon's Den, who said: "I would recommend that every business joins the campaign."

With extensive experience in providing practical sustainability advice, Planet Positive has observed that speed, complexity and cost are the biggest reasons for business avoiding the sustainability agenda. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign will help SMEs and suppliers to overcome these hurdles and experience the business benefits of sustainability such as resource efficiency and cost saving, new business advice and the ability to answer tenders, marketing differentiation and employee & customer engagement.

Corporate Partners: Boots, Procserve, IAG, Deloitte and Tesco

Official Supporters: Eco-nomics, Abbey Business Equipment, ESTA, Forum for the Future, Cool Earth, FX-magazine, M&S, King Lion Media, Eat Natural Brand, DBDA, The Discovery Mill, Amber Energy, Business in the Community, Sustainable Restaurant Association, ESTA, Ethical Fashion Consultancy, One Pumpkin.

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Notes to the Editor:
Planet Positive is talking to organisations and individuals to support the campaign as Corporate Partners and Official Supporters. It will be launched to the media in April and receive ongoing uplifts during 2012. Planet Positive has committed to continue the campaign for 3-years.

Further approved quotes:

"There is a clear need to engage governments, businesses and societies in securing a more sustainable future. The free 7 days to Sustainability campaign shows that starting your sustainability journey does not have to be hard or expensive. It also demonstrates that many changes, which realise the benefits of sustainability, can quickly be implemented. These benefits are far-reaching including environmental, societal and businesses benefits."

Svein Tveitdal, Former Director at UNEP

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "Saving energy goes straight to the bottom line, helping businesses save money and increase competitiveness as well as cut carbon. Free help and advice, like the Planet Positive campaign is offering, helps to build businesses on sustainable foundations and reap all the benefits that energy efficiency has to offer."

Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change

"For success, a business has to be sustainable. The Planet Positive 7-days to Sustainability campaign is the perfect way to start this journey. It is free, easy to action and available now, so I would recommend that every business joins the campaign."

Deborah Meaden, Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den Investor

"In June, countries will come together at the Rio + 20 Earth Summit to set a new course for a more sustainable future. For sustainability to become a reality, it is vital that business gets on board. I hope that small and medium-sized enterprises will see the benefits of saving energy and cutting waste and get involved in Planet Positive's 7 days to Sustainability campaign."

Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee in the House of Commons

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