Hemel Business Ambassador In-Person Networking Event Kicks Off With The Building Back Greener Campaign

Lucy Neave

With lockdown restrictions coming to and end today, it was an early treat to attend the first in-person event for the Hemel business ambassadors last Thursday 15th July. The networking breakfast was a welcome break to the monogamy of repetitive zoom meetings and awkward screen freezes. (“I think you’re on mute”)

The event was a great opportunity to discuss the building back greener campaign lead by Eastern New Energy and Low Carbon Workspaces

During the COVID-19 crisis, businesses have proven they can work in new, more sustainable ways. As the economy looks to rebuild and grow, there is an opportunity for businesses to refocus on their sustainability goals and work with government to deliver a green recovery.

Adopting low carbon measures in your business that help tackle climate change also makes good business sense:

  • Save money on upfront costs of equipment and building improvements
  • Cut your energy bills
  • Reduce your carbon emissions
  • Minimise waste
  • Improve your environmental credentials
  • Drive staff engagement and innovation

Research undertaken by Make UK and leading energy company E.ON prior to the lockdown showed that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. Manufacturers that put sustainability at the heart of their businesses have seen real benefits from doing so in the last 12 months, with 40% reporting increased profit margins and 30% reporting increased competitiveness as a result.

Perhaps you’re already planning an LED lighting scheme, new boiler, electric vehicle, renewable energy, or waste reduction project? Alternatively, we can help you to identify the most effective measures to meet your business goals:

  • Save money on the upfront cost of upgrades
  • Reduce energy usage and cut your bills now and in the future
  • Cut emissions to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Improve comfort and safety levels in your office, showroom or factory
  • Boost your eco credentials and meet your CSR Goals
  • Engage your staff
  • Drive innovation
  • Increase your productivity

The aim of the Business Ambassadors is clear.  Promote Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas, strengthen the reputation of the area as the prime choice for business, attract key people to work and live in the area, create new jobs, attract top talent and persuade investors and developers to see the area as the perfect place to invest.

The mission of the Hemel Ambassadors; By getting Hemel Hempstead thought about and talked about, they will:

  • attract key people to work and live in the area
  • encourage those already here, to stay
  • persuade investors and developers to see us as the perfect place to invest
  • create more new jobs and attract and retain top talent

1) Promoting Hemel to promote your business

Tools to help you recruit. Membership provides access to high quality, exclusive collateral and marketing materials that enhance the reputation of Hemel Hempstead and help sell the place to potential new recruits and business partners. Attracting high calibre staff can be challenging in this competitive environment, so having good quality, up to date marketing materials that present the local areas benefits can help you get that advantage.

2) First Access to information

Giving you the inside track. Invitation to exclusive Ambassador only events where you will be the first to find out what is going on locally in terms of investment, planning and future business trends. These events also provide business leaders with the opportunity to input and influence local council decisions and policy that may affect your business.

3) Empowering the local business community

Meet local business leaders. Networking opportunities at frequent, quality events, featuring inspiring, high profile speakers. This gives an unparalleled opportunity to meet with, and debate with your peers from local businesses to help shape the future direction of Dacorum.

There was a huge amount of information on offer, from information on green business grants to de-carbonisation initiatives. But by the far the most important aspect of the event was the opportunity to connect (in-person) with the people that care the most about the town’s economic prosperity.

For more information on topics discussed at the meeting, including grant, incentives and memberships contact claire@hhba-dacorum.co.uk