On Tuesday 2nd November Zellar supported by the LLEP and Business Gateway hosted a launch event at The National Space Centre in Leicester with the joint mission to help Leicester businesses become more sustainable. LLEP and Business Gateway Growth Hub have sponsored 100 licenses for Leicestershire businesses to go greener. Existing Zellar Leicester businesses were encouraged to invite local business owners to the event to inspire them to take their own sustainability journey and help them better understand its importance and how to make the change.
The event began with networking enabling businesses to discuss and gain insight into how other businesses in their area are operating. Tasty canapés were served alongside oat bars provided by local Leicester bakery, Blackfriars bakery. The backdrop to the network was a 42-metre high rocket, a visual reminder of the great feats humanity can reach when we set our minds to something. And once reflected on the past, we looked to the future with drawings provided by pupils at Church Langton Primary School, Leicestershire, around the theme ‘Why we need to save our planet’, demonstrating to us who will be affected by the choices we make now.
Guests were then led into the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, the UK’s largest planetarium with full a 360-degree experience. We had two panel sessions, introduced by Chas Bishop, Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership & Chief Executive, National Space Centre, hosted by Chris Brindley MBE, Zellar Chair. Chris aptly summed up the reason behind the event in one sentence, ‘We need to leave the planet in a better state for our children, our grandchildren and the generations that follow’.
The first panel consisted of Peter Charlesworth, COO at Zellar, Sue Tilley, Head of Bus and Innovation at LLEP, Rob Silvester, Strategic Marketing Manager at SSE and Rick Greenough, Professor of energy systems at De Montfort University. Peter Charlesworth spoke about how the platform brings together all the services that you need to measure, benchmark, reduce, manage, offset and communicate your sustainable business. Whilst the other panellists discussed the importance of sustainability for SME’s, why small businesses should aim to reach Net Zero, their decision to partner with Zellar and how they or their business are acting more sustainable.
The second panel consisted of Nigel Reynolds, COO at Mattioli Woods, Marianne Chala, director at The Willoughby Book Club, Andy Earnshaw, Technical Director at Notts Sports, Alex Watts MRICS FAAV, senior Surveyor at Fisher German and Richard Cassell, First Line Support Technician and Environmental Policy Coordinator at The National Space Centre. The panel discussed how they are tackling their sustainability journey; what they have already achieved and what they plan for the future. As well as the challenges they have faced that Zellar is helping them overcome and how Zellar is able to support them in reaching their sustainability goals. With small and medium businesses, the panel offered practical advice for businesses of all sizes. The panel session was followed by a Q&A.
After the Q&A, guests returned to networking where some were filmed asking about their experience with Zellar to feature in our upcoming video of the event. Demonstration displays of the product were available along with the Zellar team at hand to answer any questions. The event was a fantastic opportunity to bring together Zellar, the LLEP, the business Gateway and Leicestershire businesses to align our mutual goal to help Leicester SMEs reach Net Zero.
Visit zellar.com & search our map to find the sustainability profiles of Leicestershire businesses who’ve joined us already.
Meet the Leicestershire business reaching Net Zero with Zellar https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/eastmidlands/news/2053538-meet-the-leicester-businesses-aiming-to-reach-net-zero-by-2030
There are only a few places left to apply for a sponsored license for access to Zellar for one year, so why not join other businesses going greener today! Apply here – https://bizgateway.org.uk/100-ways-to-go-greener/