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Being green makes good business sense

16 July 2015

Being green is great for business – that was the message shared at SEMLEP’s Growing the Economy Naturally event today.

Businesses from across the South East Midlands gathered at the Marston Vale Forest Centre near Bedford to share and debate the importance of the rural economy to business growth and employment in the local area.

At the event businesses and representatives from the area’s four Local Nature Partnerships joined SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) to flag up the importance of investing in green technologies and in promoting carbon reduction, resource efficiency and conservation.

Keynote speaker Chris Brooks, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Center Parcs, touched on the importance of prioritising low carbon design within new builds and on the Center Parcs 2020 Vision, a strategy which sets ambitious targets in areas such as carbon reduction, natural resources and biodiversity.

“It is down to businesses to push for low carbon investment,” Chris told guests. “The UK really needs to be sending out a message to government that we are open to green technologies and investment and that we need a longer term strategy in order to grow our businesses.”

Dan Watson, an Associate at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, also spoke at the event: “The Treasury will listen to businesses if we keep talking and pushing for long term pledges and plans. We want to be in business in decades to come and need government to be planning now for a green economy.”

Jane Roemer, Board Director and Rural Lead for SEMLEP, said: “A quarter of local people and a third of businesses here in the South East Midlands are based in rural areas so our rural economic environment is a priority for SEMLEP, essential if we are help our resident businesses to grow and thrive.

“This event has proved a wonderful opportunity for SEMLEP to meet and collaborate with our Local Nature Partnerships and numerous leader local action groups. What we have heard today is how important it is for all businesses to link up with environmental specialists so that they can implement environmentally sustainable processes that will help businesses to grow.”

  • If you have any questions contact Jane Roemer by emailing


Please click here to view the presentation from this event.

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