Sustainability and Circular Economy
GLIDE is a new initiative which aims to generate increased levels of entrepreneurship by consolidating the existing knowledge and expertise and streamlining it to better cater to the needs of individuals wishing to start their own business. By doing so, GLIDE seeks to encourage innovation in the wake of COVID-19 and ultimately invigorate economic development and productivity growth. GLIDE is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme which is designed to create jobs and support innovation, businesses, and local community regeneration.
The Sustainability and Circular Economy Bootcamp is a four-week course, online specialist workshops for innovators, businesses, or organizations. This course has given an introduction to the Circular Economy highlighting the substantial economic, social, and environmental benefits that have been gained in organizations of various sizes and across a variety of sectors.
As an ERDF programme, BEC was required to follow the rigorous systems, policies and processes related to the marketing, operations and reporting of ERDF programmes.
The courses combined a mixture of expert-led workshops, group mentoring sessions, 1-to-1 mentoring, access to partner resources and grant funding up to £2000. Individuals got access to multiple frameworks, practices, models, and terms, increasing their overall knowledge while able to put this new understanding into real life and business changes. The program inspired innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to develop new ways of creating value from the transition toward a circular economy and given a solid grounding in the fundamentals of sustainability and the circular economy from a variety of concepts to practical solutions.
Strategic Partners & Clients
Pillars of the Course
Module 1: Introduction to Sustainability
Define sustainability and its link to business and economics.
Increase understanding of sustainability terms and practices; Triple Bottom Line (TBL); environmental, social and governance (ESG); the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs); Carbon emissions foot printing and Lifecycle Analysis.
Module 2: The Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models
Define what a circular economy is and the characteristics of a circular business model.
Explore the benefits of a circular business model. Explore wider opportunities for help with transitioning such as carbon footprint calculators, developing a carbon reduction and action plan. Discover what a low carbon business looks like.
Module 3: What does a Sustainable Organisation look like?
Business case study-based learning from business owners, hear from 5 businesses working towards a sustainable future. Putting knowledge into practice. Learn how to build a sustainable culture in organisations, and how to engage stakeholders, including how to incorporate other business strategies into the process.
Recognise and make plans to avoid the potential pitfalls that arise when changing organisational culture. Setting the scene within businesses, covering; business capacity, jobs, resilience, health, community and environment.
Module 4: Sustainable Innovation in practice
SMEs; drivers and barriers for sustainability; competences/skills, resources, motivation, competing demands, compliance, opportunities.
Scope 1 emissions; what matters most to SMEs; controlling resource costs, increasing (eco-)efficiency, competitiveness, investment limitations, eco-efficiency and circularity, design innovation business support organisations,
Scope 2&3 emissions; upstream & downstream impacts. How to put the supply chain/network on the agenda.
Who is this for?
I enjoyed the structure and content of the course. It has made me more aware of both internal and external emission and sustainability forces and how I can mitigate emissions in most aspects of my life and at work.
CEO of BitGreen
Sustainability bootcamp to help you navigate your sustainable future