Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Survey to discover how Humber SMEs are preparing for UK’s green recovery

A major B2B survey has launched to understand how the Humber’s 30,000 small businesses are gearing up for the UK’s Green Recovery.

The Future Net Zero Survey is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and designed by Aura and the University of Hull.

It seeks to understand how the region’s businesses are preparing to ‘build back better’ after the twin challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit and how they are innovating and working towards meeting the 2050 Net Zero targets set by the UK Government on all carbon emissions.

The results will feed into a significant study which will provide the region – through the Aura Innovation Centre and its partners in the survey (including KCOM, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, business and experts from the University) – with a unique insight into how SMEs in the region are addressing the barriers and issues to meet Net Zero targets.

It will highlight how companies are seizing opportunities to tackle and transform the way we do business and help ensure that the UK stays at the forefront of the green industrial revolution.

Dr David Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise at the University of Hull, said: “This survey is a key part of setting out the Humber’s leading role in this vital transformation.”

Louise Smith, Director of Aura, said: “The findings from this study will help guide the region to deliver a better future for the next generation in a Net Zero world.

“The ERDF and Green Port legacy funding we received to build the Innovation Centre for the Humber is about bringing together businesses of all sizes to connect with the research power at the University of Hull and its partners to develop carbon-reducing ideas across all sectors through smart collaborations.

“This survey is an important step towards ensuring that we do that well and support the growth and prosperity of businesses in our region.”

The survey can be found here.

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