East London's Green Business Programme - Your Questions Answered

With the launch of our brand-new Green Business Programme in Hackney, we answer any questions you might have about the specialist programme to help your business ‘go green’.

Who is the programme for?

The Green Business Programme is for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to become more eco-friendly and sustainable.  You must either be based in, or benefitting the area of Hackney, East London.

What kind of businesses can apply?

We welcome all kinds of small businesses to apply - you could be running a café, clothes shop, florist or photography studio. Or you could be a growing team looking to ensure you’ve baked sustainability into your core business whether that be graphic design, financial services, or any other trade. 

If you are worried you aren’t a fit, reach out to our team to discuss.

What does the programme cover?

You will learn about key climate issues and ways in which your business and employees can reduce their carbon footprint. We'll also help your business to gain green accreditation, contributing £250 to an accreditation of appropriate alignment for your business. We’ll provide you with the tools you need to incorporate sustainable business practices and support you through specialist sustainability workshops - from creating your green action plan, to impact tracking. There will also be plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded business owners locally, and network with experts and mentors.

How long is the programme?

One month. In that time, you’ll be provided with all the tools needed to make it easy to incorporate sustainable business practices as well as how to capitalise on the value you are creating through sustainability. 

How come it’s free?

All of our programmes are completely free because we believe it’s critical for entrepreneurs to get access to the resources they need, when they need it and not be held back by financial circumstances. We are fortunate to receive funding to make our programmes accessible to everyone, with no equity fees or charges. The Hackney Council, our funding partner, is eager to support entrepreneurs and teams who are ready to engage on the net zero objectives.

What do I get at the end of the programme?

You will leave equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to create your green action plan, track your impact and get your green industry accreditation. You’ll be able to start making easy adjustments to make your business more sustainable. Of course, you’ll also become part of our Allia alumni. We love to stay in touch and share your success as your business grows. Let us know how you’re doing, and we’ll gladly share your news on social media. Many of our alumni return to our programmes to deliver talks, become mentors or attend pitch days – so there’s always more opportunities! 

Where will sessions take place? 

Sessions will be delivered as much as possible from Hackney, East London with some online delivery and coaching. There will be an average of around 2 sessions per week. Allia’s team of venture support professionals will engage with you when and where you need it. 

How can I apply?

Get your applications in before 12 June 2022 by visiting our website and clicking ‘apply’. There is a form to complete which should take less than 10 minutes. 

Where can I find out more?

If you still have questions, we’d be happy to help. Just drop us an email at: hello@futurebusinesscentre.co.uk and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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