A new digital tool which helps companies to operate more sustainably is already proving a hit with local businesses in Telford and Wrekin.

Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom:

Cool Shropshire and Telford is a sustainability initiative providing free environmental support to local micro businesses and SMEs. Sponsored by Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council, the initiative will be supporting up to 1,000 organisations in its first year. 

The Cool Shropshire and Telford digital platform, which opened in May, enables local businesses to monitor and progress their carbon reduction journey as well as covering a range of environmental aspects (including energy and water use, transport, procurement, nature and biodiversity) to ensure all positive actions are captured and opportunities identified.

Businesses register and complete a simple two-step process to help them understand their environmental impact and set some goals to reduce it over the coming year, helping them to save money on bills, reduce supply chain risk, and move away from fossil fuels where possible.

The platform is powered by Kanopi, an award-winning software service created by E4environment Ltd., and is offering 500 free spaces – funded by Telford & Wrekin Council – to micro businesses and SMEs based in Telford and Wrekin.

Cllr Carolyn Healy (Labour), Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for climate change, green spaces, natural and historic environment and cultural services, said:

“We’ve had 17 local companies sign up to the Cool Shropshire and Telford platform already, which is terrific news.

“Our county is principally a small business economy, with more than nine out of ten enterprises having fewer than 10 employees in 2020. For Telford and Wrekin to make progress on climate action our businesses need to work as a collective, each taking small steps in the right direction to make a significant cumulative impact.

“Telford & Wrekin Council has reduced its own operational emissions by 58% between 2018/19 and 2020/21, but we recognise that we also have a part to play in supporting the climate actions of other organisations across our borough.

“That’s why we’re delighted to sponsor 500 spaces on the Cool Shropshire and Telford platform which will help local businesses to progress their sustainability journey.”

Emma Cantillion, business owner of The Barn at Lees Farm – one of only three businesses in Shropshire to hold a Green Tourism ‘Gold’ Award– said:

“The Barn at Lees Farm provides rural accommodation in the heart of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Ironbridge Gorge. We believe in business done sustainably, from being environmentally friendly, to where we shop and how we shop, our amenities, onsite bio diversity and our overall impact on the world around us.

“We signed up to the Cool Shropshire and Telford platform straight away because it aligns with our values and will enable us to track and further develop our sustainable approach. It’s great to be supported as a micro business and also find a platform that covers all sectors. It will be good for tourism visitors and customers who are looking to be more sustainable in the way they travel or conduct business to see the efforts being made.

“It’s wonderful to see Telford & Wrekin Council supporting the sustainability agenda and sponsoring free access to these tools for small local businesses like ours. I would encourage other small business owners to sign up for free.” 

Quoted from Telford and Wrekin Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Newsroom – Council’s new free climate action tool proves a hit with local businesses (telford.gov.uk)

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot