Green Impact on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is the first island to take part in Green Impact, supported by Island businesses and an innovative partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.
In June this year, Green Impact launched on the Island where businesses are being urged to pledge their support for the environment as part of the newly launched accreditation scheme. Green Impact helps businesses to reduce their environmental impact whilst also attracting customers and increasing their profits.
�We want Island businesses to look at the actions they can take and sign up for the toolkit,� says Green Impact�s Island champion Julie Jones-Evans. �There�s a broad spectrum for any business to qualify for a Gold award. There�s no barrier to entry � the scheme is free for Island businesses for two years, thanks to generous funding from our supporting Chamber members. Lots of Island businesses are already doing great things and Green Impact is designed to bring all of this activity into focus. It also links to the Economic Strategy and the Chamber�s 2030 Vision.�
In January 2019, the Island will be hosting it's first breakfast meeting for the 40 businesses already signed up to take part in Green Impact. The meeting is to bring these businesses together to strategise on how sustainability can make good business sense. Liz Earle who's business started on the island, will be hosting this meeting and are a key supporter of the scheme saying;
�Green Impact is a great opportunity for island businesses to address their environmental performance. The toolkit has enabled us to map out how we�re doing and we�re thrilled to already be scored as �Gold Standard� � but there are always improvements to be made! It�s really straightforward but has already helped us to make positive changes. I�d encourage all island businesses to give it a go.�
We look forward to sharing with you the journey of the various businesses taking part in Green Imapct over the next year.