Green Business Club for London manufacturers

Posted on 5 Jun 2008 by The Manufacturer

Manufacturers in London and the South East can now get specially tailored advice on how to turn their operations environmentally friendly, through the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) new Green Business Club.

The London MAS with Giraffe Innovation will provide manufacturers advice on how to increase profitability through adopting ‘greener processes’. This will include tips on topics such as materials, product design and packaging, green procurement and green marketing, legislation and environmental auditing.

“This initiative will provide companies with easy access to best practice and expert advice on value-adding sustainable manufacture. The Club will meet the growing demand for knowledge about this important area of business life,” says Siamak Alavi, senior manufacturing specialist at London MAS.

The London MAS has already been pro-active in providing support for innovative new business with a green backbone. As reported here previously, Goodone, a new clothes manufacturer in London, received support from the organisation for a profitable business plan when launching its proposal to make high-end fashion garments from recycled fabric.

In addition, the London MAS is supporting a similar venture in a furniture company, Pli Design which manufactures goods made from recycled computer games consoles. The MAS provided the company with research into the plastics market and with the tooling process for recycled plastics. Also, it helped create the marketing identity for the company’s products. Through the partnership, Pli was able to source an £18,000 grant from London Remade’s Enhance Capital Fund for production tooling.

Membership to the Green Business Club costs £495 + VAT. As well as continued support and advice, companies will get a day and a half of personal help. There will also be seminars and events on various environmental management systems and other green business topics.

Manufacturers should contact Anna Nilsson from the Green Business Club on 01273 422099 or at [email protected] for more information.