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New alliance to help SMEs

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will now get a chance to showcase environmental solutions thanks to a new umbrella organisation entitled Environmental Alliances.

It will help promote environmental best practice in the local authority, business and community recycling sectors at regional workshops, seminars and national exhibitions, where smaller companies might not usually be able to have a business presence.

The organisation was set up by Malcolm Valentine of Market Ecology who believes there is a gap between the major companies that have large budgets to spend on environmental issues and the SMEs that have a need to find solutions simply, quickly and effectively.

Valentine said: “I believe that environmental best practice is now high on the planning agenda of every company. Companies working with Environmental Alliances provide routes to best practice, supplying sustainable and cost-effective solutions under one roof.”

The alliance exhibits at various national and regional events as well as providing access to meeting rooms in central London and provides shared database building focused on the environmental sector.

Leading social enterprise and registered charity Green-Works was one of the first organisations to join the alliance, exhibiting at various recent conferences.

Green-Works communications manager Claudine Piggott said: “We are pleased to be working with Environmental Alliances so that we can encourage more green practice and reach more commercial organisations and government bodies. In this way, they can set an example to their competitors and their own staff. By joining up with other like-minded organisations, we can all offer a green holistic solution.”

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