Low Carbon Kent business network
Kent County Council works with businesses in Kent to support
them to cut their costs, reduce their carbon footprint and take
advantage of opportunities in the low carbon market. Support is
delivered through the Low Carbon Kent business network.
The low carbon market includes businesses who have green
products or who are operating in an environmentally sound manner. A
recent study estimated that the market contributes £1 billion to
the Kent economy, employing between 17,000 and 25,000 people. The
network aims to bring these businesses together across Kent,
supporting them to grow, creating jobs and increasing the economy
The network is currently being funded by the European Union and
is free to join.
Benefits of membership
As a member, you will be encouraged to measure your carbon
footprint annually and take action to reduce it. You will also
receive information on the latest research and relevant
events. You will be able to access our services, including:
- Understand your contribution to climate change
and cut costs by cutting carbon through carbon management.
- Start implementing a robust environmental
management system for your business and receive a certificate to
demonstrate your work through the Steps To Environmental Management (STEM)
- Search for suppliers of low carbon services and
technologies or register your business on the Low Carbon
Kent website directory.
- Find out about environmental awards that may be relevant
to your business.
- Learn about ways reduce fuel costs with advice
on flexi-working, tele-conferencing and travel plans through
- Gain information on other free services offered
throughout Kent – depending on your needs, we will try link you up
with free services that we know about, for example:
- Zero percent interest loans for
businesses in Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet through
East Kent fund.
- Zero percent interest loans for businesses
in Dartford, Gravesham, Medway, Swale and Thurrock through
the TIGER fund.
- Tailored 1 to 1 business support for low carbon
businesses through the Fusion project.
Who can join
Any business with a vested interest in Kent can become a member
of the Low Carbon Kent business network. However, free sustainable
business support is only available to small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) i.e. businesses with 250 employees or less and either a
turnover of £44 million or less or a balance sheet of less
than £39 million. If another business owns more than
quarter of your business, they too must meet these criteria.
Joining the network
You can register today by completing our online form at the
Carbon Kent website.
The Low Carbon Kent business network is funded by Interreg IVA 2
Seas Programme (part-financed by the European Regional Development
If you would like more information on the services provided by
the Sustainable Business Team please call on 0300 333
5011 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.