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Business Support During Covid 19: Low Carbon Eco Innovatory

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The coronavirus crisis is affecting all businesses in the UK. While this is a worrying time, for some businesses it is a chance to look to the future and capitalise on growth opportunities.

If you’re looking to prepare your business for coming out of lockdown and strengthen it for the road ahead, then sustainability should be on your hit list. A great place to start is with funded support from Low Carbon Eco Innovatory.

LCEI is a Merseyside-based business support project and if you haven’t yet heard about what we can offer you, then here’s a quick rundown.

What is Low Carbon Eco Innovatory?

We’re an ERDF-funded project that helps businesses to go low-carbon. We’re based at LJMU, and the project is a collaboration between LJMU, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. Our team is made up of expert academic researchers, business liaison officers, marketing and admin staff and our project leader Paul.

Who do you support?

Our project focuses on SMEs in the Liverpool City Region that want to become more sustainable or reduce their carbon emissions. We can also support sole traders, CICs and charitable organisations. Businesses we support must be able to show a B2B element to their operations.

What do you offer?

Our remit is to support innovation and the development of low carbon products, processes and services.

Under ‘Business as Usual’, we can offer a variety of services including R&D for low carbon innovations, product testing, prototype development and more.

However, under the current circumstances, and with LJMU premises closed, some of our functions are not practicable. We don’t currently have access to LJMU labs and testing facilities, but our researchers are working from home and are still fully able to carry out low carbon research and carbon footprint calculations remotely.

Here are some examples of what we can offer during the Covid 19 lockdown:

  • Carbon Footprint Profiling

One of the simplest ways for a business to reduce its carbon emissions, and often a first step into sustainability, is finding out your business’ carbon footprint. Our researchers have done calculations for all kinds of business premises including listed buildings, offices and warehouses, but the calculations also take other things into account, such as staff travel.

  • Carbon Savings

If you already have a product, service or idea and want to prove it can work or that it is already delivering carbon savings, we can calculate this for you. We’ve calculated the carbon savings on a wide range of initiatives including switching to deliveries by bicycle, upcycling office furniture, recycled kitchens, and using recycled vs virgin plastics for ID badges.

How are you different?

We’re a bridge between academia and business, providing SMEs with access to world-class university resources and facilities. Businesses get expert academic support from an independent source to help them make informed decisions about becoming more sustainable, and to help them develop, test, prove and market their low carbon ideas and innovations.

We can utilise LJMU labs, scientists, and our purpose-built BRE houses located at LJMU’s Byrom Street Campus for testing in real-life conditions.

Is there a cost to businesses?

Usually not. We’re ERDF-funded and can offer our services in most instances for free.

What’s involved and how do I get in touch?

Firstly, get in touch with our team. They will set up an initial meeting where we discuss your ideas and your sustainability needs. No matter what stage you’re at with making your business greener, we can help.

Businesses are assigned a researcher and we produce a bespoke action plan detailing the work we will do for you. Our liaison team are on hand every step of the way, and you’ll end up with a final report. You’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to make real carbon savings.

We’ve helped more than 500 SMEs in the LCR over the past four years and the project has been extended for a further three years. Contact us if you’d like our help now or in the future when we are once again able to carry out our full range of testing and research; ecoinnovatory@ljmu.ac.uk or d.p.blunt@ljmu.ac.uk.

Speak to us

If you’re not sure what sort of help you need, get in touch and we’ll help you work things out.

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