Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Green Business Matters

It is very pleasing to read how local businesses are going green. We have been banging on about this for some time – going green is good for business, good for the environment and also good for the pocket – it saves money and business minded people will appreciate the effect on the bottom line.

From Redbridge-i
Three businesses took home a Silver Award for their innovative actions on reducing waste. MotorAid Ltd, a vehicle servicing company, uses its waste oil to heat its building. Roswell and Lees Ltd, a meat supplier, sends its waste meat to The Essex Hunt for pet food, while Lodge Group Care UK has introduced comprehensive recycling in its Redbridge property.
Two more businesses received a Bronze Award for their commitment to sustainable business: Trafalgar House Cowes Ltd and Vissi Ltd. 

Small to medium sized businesses are the backbone of the economy and the community, but all too often they are squeezed out by the big corporations who fund the big political parties. So it is also quite refreshing to see policies for small business coming to the fore in the smaller political parties.
Small businesses drive competition, provide much-needed innovation and contribute hugely to employment and turnover. Despite this, London’s small businesses receive a chronic lack of support from the Mayor and central government.
When times are tough, we cannot take the jobs, services, innovation and community support that small businesses provide for granted. Support from City Hall must increase.
At the last Mayoral election the Federation for Small Businesses backed our policies as being the most in tune with the needs of its members. As we near the ballot, an increasing number of people are waking up to the idea that a stronger presence at City Hall after 3rd May would ensure greater support for the capital’s businesses.

We have pledged to:
  • Support a renaissance of micro, small and medium-sized businesses
  • Use the Greater London Authority budget to support small businesses
  • Protect and re-develop the traditional “high street”
  • Prevent chain stores taking over independent shops
  • Encourage Londoners to “buy local”
  • Ensure public sector contracts go to small businesses
  • Maintain the CompeteFor system
  • Ensure small and local businesses aren’t disadvantaged by congestion and parking
  • Only work with banks that lend to small business
  • Increase small business representation in the community
I wonder who they could be?

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