The final awards ceremony was held for SPI clients from North Ayrshire recently to reward them for their participation and hard work. Once again these businesses...
Sustainable Process Improvement (SPI) was a fully funded programme of support for small and medium sized businesses, designed to help achieve resource efficiency and improve their bottom line. Improvements were often made without major capital expenditure, so financial returns quick.
Benefits to businesses?
- Reduce costs from energy bills, waste, water usage, and transport
- Stay competitive
- Strengthen relationships with your customers and suppliers
- Reduce the carbon footprint of your business and engender green credentials
- Ensure compliance with current and future legislation, for example the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012
- Build a reputation for leadership in innovative, resource efficient goods and services
Delivered by the Crichton Carbon Centre, the SPI programme worked with 90 businesses over a 3 year period in the Scottish local authority areas of Dumfries and Galloway, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire. It reviewed business operations, identifying opportunities for implementing or improving sustainable business practice.
What did the SPI process involve?
The programme involved an in-depth resource efficiency assessment together with an action plan to improve the efficiency with which some of those resources are used. These assessments, which were worth £3,000 (de minimis value) in software and services costs, were provided free of charge to businesses participating in the programme as a result of private, public and third sector sponsorship.
To programme entailed:
- A site visit from one of our Business Advisors to understand the business’ processes and identify where and how resources are used. This was used along with utility, waste and transport data to compile the baseline foot print report.
- A state of the art software application – CloudApps™ – used to monitor and manage resource use for the duration of the programme.
- Development of a Resource Efficiency Action Plan – REAP – which identified the costs and benefits of implementing a range of measures, technologies or training that would improve their resource efficiency and consequently reduce carbon emissions. These included top up of insulation, installation of LED lighting, renewables and staff behaviour change training.
- Follow up support from the SPI team to implement the action plan.
- Tailored marketing and communications advice to help promote these activities to existing and future customers.