Council supports environmentally friendly businesses
20 January 2020Cheshire West and Chester Council is helping environmentally-conscious businesses from across the borough to grow and thrive.
Business advisors from the economic growth team have supported numerous companies in recent years by offering them expert business development advice.
The Council declared a climate emergency last year, and among the organisations we are supporting are companies with an environmentally-friendly outlook.
Urban Tricycles and Earthborn are being supported by the Council’s business advisors and both predict a positive future, which will help the borough in its efforts to become carbon neutral.
Urban Tricycles builds and sells bespoke tricycles and carts to companies who use them at events and in mobile locations sell their products. It is an environmentally method of retailing.
Its co-owner Mike Wheelhouse said: “Our tricycles are quite mobile, affordable and go in most places, they are eco- friendly. Other mobile vending vans have got to have the engine to run, which is obviously generating emissions. Our tricycles are battery operated, which is cleaner for the environment.”
Earthborn in Frodsham is a family business which started in 2002 selling eco-friendly paint at a time when products which were sensitive to the environment were less common.
Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager of Earthborn, said: “Earthborn is an eco-paint range. Depending on what goes into paint, it will generally give off emissions. It is the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in paint which give off the emissions. We don’t add any VOCs in our paint and it is better for the environment.
“More recently, we have been to a few exhibitions and sustainability is such a big key word at the moment. People are looking for products that are better for the environment.”
Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “It’s great to see so many local businesses setting up in the area which are environmentally aware and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
“We are working closely to support local businesses to be sustainable in the long-term and this in turn will help us as a borough to become carbon neutral.”
Environmental awareness and tackling the climate emergency is at the heart of the Council’s plans for the next four years and beyond.
It is looking to invest £15.5 million on initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, including energy efficient street lighting, energy generation and transport projects.
The Council also plans to become a low carbon organisation, work with business, industry and agriculture to reduce their carbon footprint, promote low carbon energy and move to a low carbon transport system.
As part of the Council’s work to tackle the Climate Emergency, children and young people are being asked to make short films to tell the Council, partners, businesses and industry in west Cheshire what they really feel about the Climate Emergency. These will be edited together and shown at the opening of the borough’s Climate Emergency summit – West Cheshire: Action on the Climate Emergency in February. The deadline to submit videos is Wednesday 29 January. For more information visit the Council's website.
Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager of Earthborn
Mike Wheelhouse, co-owner of Urban Tricycles