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Last call for funding
Businesses in Cornwall are being urged to act now if they want to benefit from the 'Strengthening the Environmental Sector' (SES) funding that is soon to end.
The funding was awarded to Cornwall College Business (CCB) in 2009 by the Skills Funding Agency in order to help strengthen the environmental sector in Cornwall. Eligible businesses that are either in the environment goods and services sector or are planning to diversify into it, can access funding towards various environment training courses such as Carbon Management in the Workplace or Renewable Technologies.
CCB has helped strengthen the environment sector by offering a suite of environment courses for businesses who plan to implement environmental practices within their organisation or for construction companies who wish to learn new skills such as installing renewable technology.
Ocean Services (SW) Ltd used the SES funding to make their staff more environmentally aware. “We have worked in partnership with Cornwall College Business to train and develop our staff in the latest green technologies and environmental awareness. The result of this has enabled the company to open up to a whole new market and there is the potential for gaining significantly more contracts in the future,” said Phil Smith, Managing Director, Ocean Services (SW) Ltd.
CCB recently showcased some of their environment courses at the ‘Get your head around energy efficiency’ event that was held last month at the Business Space in Truro. The purpose of the event was to help local businesses see how they can be more energy efficient.
Gerald Ward, Managing Director, Trevanion House Holidays Limited said: “The event was most informative and excellently presented.”
The event featured guest speakers including Nigel Hawke from TJ International and Amanda Barlow from the Budock Vean Hotel. Both speakers highlighted where their businesses have seen advantages from improving their resource efficiency. The event also included two 30 minute workshops; ‘Carbon calculator to identify potential savings’ and ‘Influencing behaviour change’. The workshops were intended for businesses to get their heads around energy efficiency and walk away with an action plan.
“Businesses in Cornwall can really benefit from environment training by getting ahead of legislation, saving money and by becoming more competitive” said Dave Linnell, CEO and Principal of Cornwall College Group. “The funding that has been available has enabled businesses to access top quality environment training at a really reasonable price.”
Businesses need to seize this funding opportunity now because as of June 2012 the SES funding will end. If you are a business who is considering environment training or you would like to enquire about other funding available then please contact CCB on www.ccb.cornwall.ac.uk, call 0800 731 7594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org now.