Glasgow takes 50 steps closer to future proofing the city’s SMEs

November 16, 2017

The City of Glasgow is on the road to becoming one of the world’s first circular cities. The city continues to take bold steps to create a stronger and more sustainable economy.

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Circular Gasglow:  facilitating today’s change, shaping tomorrow’s business.

 

Today (November 16th) sees Circular Glasgow embark on a recruitment campaign designed to facilitate 50 Glasgow based businesses to prepare for the future. Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will connect with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools.

The team aims to complete 50 Circle Assessments by the end of 2018 using an online tool created by Circle Economy, global market leaders based in the Netherland’s. Circle Economy supported Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in the production of the Circular Glasgow Circle City Scan during Phase One, and their continued input will play a key role in inspiring businesses to assess and implement circular strategies in Glasgow. They will continue supporting the project by providing expertise in the circular economy both through knowledge, their expansive network and through the powerful circular economy business tools that they have developed.

The initiative will look at different ways businesses can innovate and incorporate new design and technology, thinking through the adoption of new business models, including circular economy strategies. A circular economy is one in which every product is created with the intent of extending its life span – a direct challenge to the ‘take, make, dispose’ mentality.

Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “We are delighted to be at the implementation stage of Circular Glasgow where we can start to get more businesses across the city involved to help them innovate and future-proof their business. Glasgow’s ambition is to position itself as a leading circular city. With Circular Glasgow’s programme of practical engagement tools, and with the ongoing support of Zero Waste Scotland, we aim to inspire organisations to embrace new business models helping them to design for the future.”

“We are delighted to be at the implementation stage of Circular Glasgow where we can start to get more businesses across the city involved to help them innovate and future-proof their business.”

-Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Circular Glasgow complements Zero Waste Scotland’s and the Scottish Government’s nationwide support for SMEs to develop circular economy business ideas, including its £18million Circular Economy Investment Fund and Circular Economy Business Support Service. Both are supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive, said: “Circular Glasgow is an innovative approach to maximise circular opportunities on a large scale. This is about connecting businesses in Glasgow across sectors to find opportunities in materials once thought of as waste. Simply put, for businesses this can mean turning a cost into a possible revenue stream. Working together in innovative ways will set the foundations for a future where economic buoyancy is achieved through inclusive, sustainable growth. I’m delighted Glasgow is set to become a front-runner in these efforts and look forward to what’s to come.”

“Working together in innovative ways will set the foundations for a future where economic buoyancy is achieved through inclusive, sustainable growth. I’m delighted Glasgow is set to become a front-runner in these efforts and look forward to what’s to come.”

-Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive

Whether an organisation has already started to implement circular strategies, or has just begun its transformation, the online Circle Assessments create a simple way to diagnose how current practices match up to circular objectives, while identifying new opportunities, at no cost to the business.

A collaboration, already set up as part of the campaign, resulted in the first ever Scottish beer to be made from leftover bread, using Aulds unsold morning rolls to create Jaw Brew’s Hardtack beer.  Aulds supplies its bread on a sale or return basis to retailers, and through the new partnership surplus is now given to Jaw Brew to ensure any waste is reused.

The team will also be hosting Circle Workshops across the year, focusing on specific industry sectors. Interested businesses are invited to attend a Circular Glasgow information event on Wednesday, December 6 to understand how they could benefit directly. Register at www.circularglasgow.com

For more information please contact Laura Connell on +44 141 333 9585 / laura.connell@bigpartnership.co.uk

Text by: Circular Glasgow

About Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation with a membership of 1200 businesses from Glasgow and its wider metropolitan region. The Chamber’s mission is to support its members in the growth of their businesses and to champion the economic success of Glasgow; supporting members, championing Glasgow.
  • The Chamber specialises in events and training to support its members in addition to driving forward a number of key policy agendas to improve the city of Glasgow.
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has a strong history of supporting public sector agencies to engage with private sector clients and is viewed as the go-to agency for delivering this engagement in Glasgow. The organisation currently supports programmes with Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government and work extensively with the employer base in the city on issues directly related to employment and skills.

 

About Zero Waste Scotland

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk.

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