FREE support is now available for businesses in the Winchester district to help them begin the journey to becoming net zero.  

Winchester City Council has selected procurement consultancy Meercat, an organisation dedicated to improving business while caring for the planet, to assist businesses in the Winchester district in reducing their carbon emissions.

Meercat provides cost and carbon reduction solutions to businesses, BIDs and local authorities and in this latest initiative from Winchester City Council, is offering free support in the form of one-to-one consultations, online webinars and workshops, events, and access to grant funding.  

This latest programme of support comes as a response to Winchester City Council declaring a climate emergency in 2019 and the council’s pledge to support environmental improvements and make the Winchester district carbon neutral by 2030.  

The initiative includes Zero, a certified 12-month programme for environmentally conscious businesses. The programme offers access to a personal carbon coach who can help businesses in producing a bespoke carbon reduction strategy and action plan along with marketing support and artwork to assist companies in communicating their commitment to the journey to net zero, meet tender criteria, enhance image, and win new business.  

With support and guidance from Meercat, businesses can access grants covering up to 40 percent of expenditure towards business growth, up to a maximum of £10,000 and identify other ways in which they can become greener through investing in additional energy conservation and reduction measures such as LED lighting, insulation, heating or machinery upgrades. Additional grant assistance for such improvements is also available and can be accessed via the Clean Growth Programme by Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE).   

Meercat is hosting monthly online workshops, Starting your Business Journey to Net Zero, to introduce the work it does and answer questions from businesses.

For Winchester City Council, the focus is on the biggest source of carbon emissions – transport, property, and energy and as experts in sustainability, Meercat is ideally positioned to support businesses in improving profit, eliminating waste to landfill, and reducing the impact to the planet.  

The support is funded by Winchester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  

For more information, and to start your business journey to net zero visit  meercatassociates.com/winchester or call one of the Meercat team on 01444 416529 during normal office hours.