Cheltenham Council Helps Firms Reach Net Zero Goals

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Cheltenham Borough Council is calling for 300 local businesses to come forward and claim their free access to Zellar, an online sustainability platform that enables businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.

The offer is available to the first 300 qualifying small or medium enterprises (SMEs) that apply. The council-led programme is part-funded by SSE’s Sustainable Business Communities project with Zellar and United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF).

Delivered through CheltenhamZero, the programme is designed to help local businesses within Cheltenham borough to kick-start their sustainability journeys and support Cheltenham’s drive towards becoming net zero by 2030.

Zellar makes it easy for businesses to make a start and take climate action. It helps them calculate and understand their carbon emissions and then build an achievable plan to reduce them based on their size and sector. Zellar is already helping over 1,000 UK SMEs plan, activate, measure, report, and share their business sustainability journeys and reduce their energy costs.

Cllr Alisha Lewis, member for climate change, said ‘’I’m thrilled that we are the first council in Gloucestershire to offer the Zellar platform and alongside CheltenhamZero can make it free of charge to the local business community. The platform offers a practical and accessible way to help businesses make real headway in tackling climate change issues whilst also reducing their energy costs, and I’d urge organisations to sign up as quickly as possible.‘’

A benefit of Zellar will see the council and CheltenhamZero gain consolidated data reports, enabling them to track the emissions reduction progress of local businesses as the town works together towards Cheltenham’s 2030 net zero targets.

Becki Sillence, CheltenhamZero communications manager, continued: “We are delighted to announce this enhanced offer for CheltenhamZero members and look forward to working with Zellar and supporting local businesses to kickstart their sustainability journey.”

Nikki Flanders, managing director of Energy Customer Solutions at SSE, said: “I am delighted that Cheltenham Borough Council is enabling this opportunity for businesses. Providing the right tools and support to small businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills has never been more important. Business engagement is vital if we are to achieve our UK net zero targets, and exactly why SSE Energy Solutions chose to sponsor the Zellar platform, which will provide free low-carbon support, guidance, and inspiration to 15,000 small and medium-sized businesses, the lifeblood of the UK economy.

She continued: “Business groups, led by the FSB, have been calling for an accessible platform that provides practical information on how to reduce energy usage and environmental impact, and Zellar is the perfect example of what can be done in this space. We believe our Sustainable Business Communities project will be a vital enabler for SMEs to get to grips with their sustainability responsibilities, and on a personal note as a resident of Gloucestershire, I’m pleased to see leadership from Cheltenham Borough Council in driving that forward.”

Gary Styles, founder and CEO of Zellar, commented: "We’re excited that Cheltenham Borough Council has chosen Zellar to help it achieve its 2030 net zero commitment. This is a brilliant opportunity for Cheltenham businesses to join a community of over 1,000 UK companies that are reducing their emissions and bringing down their record high energy bills. Based on previous ‘first come, first served’ programmes we’ve run, I’d urge businesses to apply early to avoid disappointment.’’

Free one-year access to Zellar is available to any SME that is operational within the Cheltenham borough boundary. Sign up takes less than 90 seconds. To secure access for your business:

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