HSSMI supporting EKC Group with launch of virtual educational workshops to help Southeast businesses in their sustainability efforts towards net-zero

HSSMI and EKC Group launch sustainability and net-zero workshops

  • Leading manufacturing consultancy HSSMI supporting EKC Group with plans to help businesses in the South East to decarbonise
  • Aimed at tech and engineering business of all sizes, the two organisations are offering free to attend educational virtual workshops, the next on 24th February aimed at equipping companies and their employees with skills needed to reach net-zero
  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included Graham Razey OBE – CEO (EKC Group), Savina Venkova – Circular Economy Manager (HSSMI), Sam Graves – Founder (Maidstone Distillery) and Jim Davison – South of England Regional Director (Make UK)
  • More information and to sign-up for the workshop on 24 February, see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-proofing-uk-manufacturing-industrys-recovery-with-digital-skills-tickets-255195375237

January 2022 – HSSMI, the leading UK-based manufacturing consultancy, and EKC Group have partnered to deliver a series of virtual workshops to help Southeast businesses accelerate their decarbonisation efforts. The sessions are aimed at helping engineering and technology outfits of all sizes, ensuring that employers and employees alike have the tools needed to reach the UK’s ultimate shared goal: achieving net-zero by 2050.

While there is a widespread appreciation within the manufacturing industry of the importance of reaching net-zero, around one third of UK manufacturers say their workforce lack the tools needed to hit sustainability targets. The HSSMI supported workshops, part of EKC’s Decarbonising Kent project, aim to rectify this. The sessions, will equip businesses with the skills need to turbocharge their decarbonisation efforts, bringing seemingly lofty goals within reach.

During the sessions, challenges facing companies, and potential solutions, will be brought to life through case studies, workshops, and dynamic discussion groups. Carefully chosen keynote speakers, all experts in their fields and on the topic of sustainability, will offer up instructive examples of how technology and innovative thinking delivered tangible results for their businesses, and meaningful carbon footprint reductions. The assembled experts will also discuss broader topics, such as how tech and engineering can contribute to a greener future, and what workforces of the future will look like.

While speakers are to be confirmed for the February 24th event, those for previous sessions have included  Jonathan Smith–- Director of Stakeholder Engagement (EKC Group), Savina Venkova – Circular Economy Manager (HSSMI), Sam Graves – Founder (Maidstone Distillery) and Jim Davison – South of England Regional Director (Make UK).

The HSSMI and EKC Group workshops, run over the course of two hours, are open to technology and engineering businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to large corporates, who are looking to clean up their operations even further in the years ahead.

Registration for the next workshop, taking place on 24 February and focusing on digital skills and the manufacturing industry’s recovery, is already open here:




HSSMI is a sustainable manufacturing innovation consultancy that works with companies to support them in increasing productivity, upscaling production, and integrating circular economy-based practices, with the ultimate goal of moving towards net zero. Since its foundation in 2012, HSSMI has worked with government bodies, established manufacturers and aspiring start-ups to help increase product sustainability and innovation.

About EKC Group

EKC Group is a family of six colleges and five business units that deliver technical and vocational education across East Kent. With some 1,500 staff and more than 15,000 students spanning every age range, the Group’s ever-expanding provision equips learners of all ages with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge required to thrive in their desired industry.

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